What are your favorite engine names?

Brandan Gillogly

What’s in a name? Is it massive torque? Immense power? Something else?

Hybrid Synergy Drive: Fancy words for a fancy pair of engines. Toyota UK

No matter what you’re into, great engine names are out there. Ford has the Windsor and Coyote, with the Essex for oddball lovers like yours truly. Chrysler has the Hemi and Hellcat, but there’s something inherently impressive about the phrase Max Wedge. Chevrolet motors aren’t necessarily as catchy in the moniker department, but the big-block rat and small-block mouse motors are nicknames worthy of mention.

And let’s not forget the (Mercury) Super Marauder V-8, (Buick) Fireball V-6, and even the (Oldsmobile) Rocket. Marketers in Detroit were working overtime in the good ol’ days, and we admire Stellantis for dubbing its new inline-six “Hurricane,” which has a whiff of decades past.

That’s just what we see stateside and in English, too, which means there are perhaps plenty more noms de “boom around the globe. (Multi-lingual readers—enlighten us!)

So let’s get into it, what are your all-time favorite engine names?

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