December 6, 2022

It took a whole lot of dialogue, whittling down one of the best V6 engined vehicles and, in our Midge’s case, some astonishing swearing, however we’ve distilled it to 5 legends. Sure, we needed to go away the Honda NSX, Lancia Stratos and DeLorean DMC-12 on the chopping room ground. Loopy we all know!

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Let’s begin with the V6s:

Nissan GT-R
We needed to kick off with the GT-R, because it has one of the crucial eyebrow-raising engines ever crafted. The VR38DETT is a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V6 which is hand-built in a hermetically-sealed, dustproof lab – it’s pure sci-fi, made by nerds for nerds. The aluminium block has plasma-coated cylinder liners to cut back friction, whereas the IHI turbo housings are built-in neatly into the exhaust manifolds and the motor has a thermostatically pressurised lubrication system. All of this provides as much as someplace between 472-550bhp, relying which 12 months of GT-R you purchase, they usually’re absurdly tunable. 1,000bhp+ is straightforward peasy.

Nissan GT-R V6

It’s not simply concerning the engine, after all – the GT-R is an improbably succesful automotive: video-game dealing with, supernatural really feel and, sure, it appears to be like fairly rattling aggressive too. We’ve seen some loopy issues finished with these vehicles, sufficient to disgrace any supercar. Who says you want a V12? This V6 brute is a dwelling legend.

Ford Capri V6

Ford Capri 3.0
If it’s legends you’re after, they don’t come much more iconic than the brawny bent-six Capri. Certain, the later 2.8i was extra highly effective, its Cologne motor that includes gas injection, but it surely’s the gruff previous Essex free-leetah that flicks our swap.



If you happen to have been swanky you may go for the three.0 Ghia; in case you preferred stickers in your sills there was the three.0 S. Both means, you bought a juicy motor that made the automotive rock back and forth whereas idling at visitors lights, and made a guttural roar once you floored the throttle – simply as quickly because the dumbass autobox realised that you just wished to go someplace.

This isn’t a intelligent automotive. However it’s a hilarious quantity of enjoyable – it’s mainly only a thumping lump of pig iron bolted to a chunky diff, with a reasonably physique plonked on high, and it at all times raises a smile. Strap on triple Webers to match your shiny medallions, you insurgent.

Jaguar XJ220 V6

Jaguar XJ220
The very best factor concerning the XJ220 was that it had utterly the fallacious engine, and that actually aggravated folks. When the notion of a brand new Jaguar V12-powered supercar was mooted in 1990, the ready listing was 4 instances oversubscribed with 1,400 prospects paying a £50,000 deposit… however then fairly a number of of them demanded their a reimbursement when Jaguar stated ‘Ah, cling on, we would really put a V6 in it’.

Jaguar XJ220 V6

These folks missed out, because the XJ220’s twin-turbo V6 was a howling lunatic of a factor. Derived from the Austin Rover V64V (as seen within the Group B Metro 6R4 rally vehicles) however after all closely revised, it allowed the XJ220 to be, briefly, the quickest manufacturing automotive on the planet at 212mph.

Snobs might scoff on the large Jag for its Metro engine and Rover 200 taillights, however they’re idiots. The XJ220 is a straight-up hero.


Renault Clio V6

Renaultsport Clio V6
There’s one thing within the water at Renaultsport. Should be. LSD, most likely. They’ve churned out some brilliantly odd vehicles over time, however few fairly attain the daft-as-a-brush lunacy of the Clio V6. What method of madman may take a number of steps again from a Mk2 Clio, try this finger-and-thumbs-at-right-angles factor that artists do, and say ‘You understand what? I reckon we should always shove a V6 in the course of that…’

Renault Clio V6

However that’s precisely what they did. As a substitute of rear seats, it had a 227bhp 24v 3.0-litre V6 again there, whereas the bodywork was absurdly ballooned to accommodate a a lot wider observe and a chassis that shared little or no with its FWD counterpart. And what occurs once you stick an enormous engine in the course of a automotive with a really brief wheelbase? It spins. Continually. On a regular basis. Correct little widowmaker, this.

Rocketeer MX-5
Okay, so this can be a little bit of a leftfield alternative. The Mk1 Mazda MX-5 is among the biggest driver’s vehicles ever constructed, there’s no disputing that. Keen chassis, good gearshift, correct steer-with-your-bum driving place. Superior in each means.

‘Aha,’ we hear you cry, ‘however they solely got here with 4-cylinder engines.’ You’re proper, they did. However an organization referred to as Rocketeer has given {that a} little bit of a rethink.

Rocketeer MX-5 V6

What they’ve finished is to hoik out the four-pot and change it with a 3.0-litre V6 AJ30 crate motor, such as you’d discover in a Jaguar S-Kind – so as a substitute of 130bhp, you’ve obtained 250bhp and a beautiful little rumble. It doesn’t cock up the dealing with both, because it’s really lighter than the Mazda motor. Impressed.


Look out for the following instalment, our V8 faves!

Phrases Dan Bevis