Best, or just sweetest 4 cylinder engines?

Best, or just sweetest 4 cylinder engines?

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texaxile

2,838 posts

130 months

The old Alfasuds used to sound great at full chat.

I also like the Impreza EJ205/7 but I'm biased on that.

The Honda lump does sound pretty sweet though, especially being wrung out in an Integra.

Zarco

15,345 posts

189 months

Cold said:
The Rover K series 1.8 VVC is a whizzy little motor. Going further back into old school stuff, the Lotus Twin Cam is hard to beat for sheer enthusiasm.
Probably the 4 pot with the most character I've driven. Albeit it wasn't as it left the Rover factory.



Beethree said:
Honda H22 or B18.
The K20 is a ‘better’ engine, but loses quite a bit of the character the 90’s engines had.
I once had a ride in an enthusiatically driven CRX, which I believe is a 1.6 VTec of some description. It sounded immense. Such an angry little motor.

Oilchange

8,072 posts

240 months

Echo the 2.0 twinspark, lovely sounding lump.
I'd also go for my Lotus 910 but only when all the plumbing is airtight!

Carfield

253 posts

151 months

The old SR20DET engine in the Nissan 200SX was a lovely engine for a 4 pot

Nickp82

2,805 posts

73 months

The Ford Puma 1.7 Yahama unit is worth a mention I think , probably not ‘the best’ but high up the list in terms of the sweetest.


Baldchap

5,555 posts

72 months

It's almost certainly a bike engine...

njw1

1,839 posts

91 months

Cold said:
The Rover K series 1.8 VVC is a whizzy little motor. Going further back into old school stuff, the Lotus Twin Cam is hard to beat for sheer enthusiasm.
I like the Rover K series, it's way ahead of it's time regarding design, construction materials, processes used during manufacture and specific output; 105bhp from an n/a 1.4 litre in a mainstream car in the 80's! Most 2.0 engines of the time barely made any more power than that. On top of that it's a very nice engine to use.
Such a shame Rover had to cut corners and endow it with the reputation it has... frown

Chedders

270 posts

69 months

Honda Accord K24 2.4 for some peace and Accord Type R H22 2.2 for fun cool

J4CKO

37,001 posts

180 months

Fiesta 1.6 Ecoboost with a load of tuning bits, it’s not subtle but it is fun.

ubbs

608 posts

197 months

Modern stuff I’d go A45 with AMG exhaust option, a bit biased as owned a new one in 2014 sounded like a rally car of the period, a bit earlier S2000 cracking engine.

wormus

13,044 posts

183 months

Mr Squarekins said:
My s1000rr has quite a nice 4 pot.
Has to be a bike engine. 4cyl car engines are just woeful by comparison.

TwigtheWonderkid

38,923 posts

130 months

Baldchap said:
It's almost certainly a bike engine...
The 893cc engine in my early Fireblade is a great engine.

captain_cynic

8,423 posts

75 months

biggbn said:
Honda four pots
End of thread.

Specifically the F20C and K20.

Skyrocket21

653 posts

22 months

TU3S engine, 85 bhp, my god does it like to rev, the Yamaha derived Toyota 1.8 190 vvti could have been great if the gearing was right, Honda rightfully stole that crown and ran away with it.

The Toyota 4a for reliability, the Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-400, 403 bhp from a 2.0 16v turbo is still crazy.

Mumsn3t

31 posts

4 months

Baldchap said:
It's almost certainly a bike engine...
Desmosedici V4

essexplumber

7,545 posts

153 months

I really liked the 4cyl (N42?) in the 98 318is I used to own. It felt zingy, bugger all power but sounded ok and sort of suited the car.

RochdalePioneers

129 posts

99 months

On holiday in Spain, and as usual have hired a 1.2FIRE Fiat Panda. Love the car, love the engine. Use the throttle as an on-off switch and thrash the engine in every gear - its great fun. And supposedly happy to be used and abused in this way.

Koolkat969

793 posts

79 months

captain_cynic said:
biggbn said:
Honda four pots
End of thread.

Specifically the F20C and K20.
As well as the B18's - especially the B18C in the Integra DC2.

Though these are not quiet as the OP was specifying but quite the opposite which gives them their unique character.

wormus

13,044 posts

183 months

Mumsn3t said:
Baldchap said:
It's almost certainly a bike engine...
Desmosedici V4
I’d say H2R with 310hp from 999cc.

https://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-ne...

biggbn

14,248 posts

200 months

essexplumber said:
I really liked the 4cyl (N42?) in the 98 318is I used to own. It felt zingy, bugger all power but sounded ok and sort of suited the car.
I had an e30 318is, cracking engine. Liked the twin cam 1.9 in the z3 also