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With efficiency improvements on the way, V8 engine is far from dead

2011 Ford Mustang GT V8 engine – Click above for high-res image gallery

Once lowly four-cylinder gains market dominance over bigger engines

Mini Cooper four-cylinder engine - Click above for high-res image

Report: V6, V8 engine popularity continued to fade in 2009

Turning the past completely upside down, four cylinder engines marched up ten percent to further solidify the market dominance of lower cylinder count powertrains. According to Ward's Automotive, nearly 62 percent of cars produced in 2009 carried four bangers, up ten percent in just a year from 2008's 51.7 percent. Despite the V8 engine's precipitous fall from a high of being fitted to 88 percent of all cars sold in 1969, there's a sweet spot for the smaller powerplants, too.

BMW slashes V8 engine production in favor of fours

The new BMW 7-Series has just stepped out from behind the curtain, and it's taken the stage to a house only half full. Demand for BMW's big engines has dropped so low that the house of the roundel says it can make enough 8-bangers to satisfy the world's demand using just one shift for four days.

Ford reconsiders "Boss" V8 engine

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Yamaha F350 5.3 liter V8 outboard motors save fuel

It's not often that consumers choose a V8 engine for its low fuel consumption, but that seems to be exactly what is happening with the Yamaha F350 outboard motor. This sixty-degree engine is a rather high-tech design, featuring 32 valves and double overhead cams to produce some 350 horsepower at the prop shaft. One reason cited for its ability to save fuel is

Detroit News columnist Rex Roy: "Irrational greenies, hands off my V-8"

Are we living in the twilight years of the V8 engine? It seems possible, considering that General Motors has already canceled their newest high-tech V8 engine program and Ford is planning on a switch to EcoBoost engines fo