The Ten Worse Engine/Car Combinations

Interesting Ton Ten list from Jalopnik

Reference: Jalopnik

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10.) Honda CR-Z

We loved the idea of Honda going back to a CRX-style small, zippy, fun to drive two-door hatchback, but then the CR-Z ended up with an engine seriously lacking in zippiness.

Suggested By: Owen-Magnetic, Photo Credit: Franz Patzig

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9.) Citroën SM

There is only one thing keeping the legendary SM from achieving Most Amazing Car In Modern History status and that’s its weak Maserati V6. Maserati built a prototype SM with a fabulous 4.0 liter V8, but it never made it into production.

Suggested By: Owen-Magnetic, Photo Credit: Klaus Nahr

8.) Lincolns With BMW Diesels

In 1984, Lincoln felt it needed a diesel engine for its Continentals. They didn’t have a good one of their own, so they bought a bunch of M21 turbodiesels from BMW. The 2.4 liter engine never had more than 114 horsepower, and was so unpopular they dropped it after 1985.

Suggested By: Zekestone, Photo Credit: Lincoln

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7.) GM F-Body With The Iron Duke

We have no idea how GM ended up approving their classic muscle/pony cars with this clunky 2.5-liter four. It’s the Malaise Era, people made terrible decisions. These Camaros and Firebirds put out horsepower in the double digits.

Suggested By: SmalleyXB122, Photo Credit: Chevrolet

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6.) First Gen Ram

First-generation Dodge Rams were far behind the times back in 1981. They had a rough ride and were as crude as could be. Their Cummins diesel engines, however, absolutely ruled.

Suggested By: For Sweden, Photo Credit: Scheinwerfermann

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5.) VW Gol With Air-Cooled Engine

Brazil’s VW Gol looks like a modern car, with a cutting edge (for its 1980 debut) body. Under the hood, though, is a clattery air-cooled 1300 Beetle motor.

Suggested By: Jimal, Photo Credit: VW/Hugo90

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4.) Acura RDX

It’s not that the Acura RDX sucked because of its engine. It’s not even that the RDX sucked very much at all. It’s that Honda/Acura should have put its excellent 2.3 liter K23A1 turbocharged engine into a light sedan like a Civic Si, or at least the Acura TL.

Suggested By: Automatch , Photo Credit: Acura

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3.) Lotus Evora

Again, we’re not saying that the Evora is a shitty car. However, given Lotus’ moribund sales, we suspect that the buying public isn’t exactly thrilled by the prospect of a sports car with a Camry engine.

Suggested By: Joe_Limon, Photo Credit: Otis Blank

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2.) Plymouth Prowler

The fact that this thing has the V6 out of a minivan and not a hot rod V8 is absurd.

Suggested By: Wheatieboy, Photo Credit: Chad Horwedel

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1.) The DeLorean

The DMC-12 looked like a genuine supercar back in its day, but it only had a PRV (that stands for Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) V6 to limp it along to a 10.5 second 0-60 time. It might be the greatest case of a car overpromising with its looks and underperforming with its engine.

Suggested By: Kate’s Dirty Sister, Photo Credit: pyntofmyld

 

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