A Bigger Engine Means More Power
Back in the day, powerful cars had big, naturally aspirated V8 engines. For example, the 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS featured an enormous 7.4L big-block V8 making over 400 horsepower. Such engines sounded incredible and performed well for their time, but they certainly weren’t efficient.
The current era of downsizing has completely redefined high-performance cars. Many manufacturers choose turbochargers rather than big engine displacement. For example, the brand new Mercedes A45 AMG makes 416 horsepower with just 4 cylinders and a 2-liter displacement! Smaller engines have become incredibly powerful, very fuel-efficient and a lot more eco-friendly.