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    • These are the 25 highest revving production motors in 2015 - List of top 25 automotive engine redlines with piston speeds

      This era of engine efficiency is bringing with it turbochargers and smaller motors. With naturally aspirated high revving motors being slowly phased out (with exceptions) redlines have dropped a bit. This affects even lofty producers such as Ferrari who historically managed to offer some of the highest revving motors seen in production cars.


      You will notice however that naturally aspirated motors still dominate when it comes to high revs.

      This list is in order of highest to lowest redline. It also favors new motors and not motors being phased out. That means we did not omit the M159 V8 of the Mercedes SLS Black Series we simply realize it has reached the end of its lifespan and the M178 twin turbo V8 is replacing it. The same reasoning is why we do not list the Ferrari 458 naturally aspirated V8 but instead the 488 GTB turbocharged successor taking its place.

      Enjoy the 2015 list.


      1. Ferrari LaFerrari - 9250 rpm 6.3 liter V12

      Horsepower: 789
      Torque: 516 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 94.0 x 75.2
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4564.304


      2. Porsche 918 Spyder - 9150 rpm 4.6 liter V8

      Horsepower: 608
      Torque: 398 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 95.0 x 81.0
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4863.189


      3. 2015 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 - 9000 rpm 3.8 liter flat-6

      Horsepower: 475
      Torque: 324 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 102.0 x 77.5
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4576.772


      4. 2015 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 RS - 8800 rpm 4.0 liter flat-6

      Horsepower: 500
      Torque: 338 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 102.0 x 81.5
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4706.037


      5. Audi R8 - 8700 rpm 5.2 liter V10

      Horsepower: 540/602
      Torque: 398/413 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 84.5 x 92.8
      Fuel Injection: Dual direct and port
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 5297.638


      6. McLaren 650S/675LT - 8500 rpm 3.8 liter V8

      Horsepower: 641/666
      Torque: 500/515 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 93.0 x 69.9
      Fuel Injection: Port
      Aspiration: Turbo
      Piston Speed FPM: 3898.622


      6. Ferrari F12 - 8500 rpm 6.3 liter V12

      Horsepower: 731
      Torque: 508 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 94.0 x 75.2
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4194.226


      6. Audi RS5 - 8500 rpm 4.2 liter V8

      Horsepower: 450
      Torque: 317 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 84.5 x 92.8
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 5175.853


      6. Lamborghini Huracan - 8500 rpm 5.2 liter V10

      Horsepower: 602
      Torque: 412 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 84.5 x 92.8
      Fuel Injection: Dual direct and port
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 5175.853


      10. McLaren P1 - 8300 rpm 3.8 liter V8

      Horsepower: 727
      Torque: 537 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 93.0 x 69.9
      Fuel Injection: Port
      Aspiration: Turbo
      Piston Speed FPM: 3806.89


      11. Lamborghini Aventador 8250 rpm 6.5 liter V12

      Horsepower: 691
      Torque: 508 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 95.0 x 76.4
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4135.827


      12. Ford Shelby GT350 - 8200 rpm 5.2 liter V8

      Horsepower: 526
      Torque: 429 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 94.0 x 93.0
      Fuel Injection: Port
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4950.131


      13. Ferrari 488 GTB - 8000 rpm 3.9 liter V8

      Horsepower: 661
      Torque: 561 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 86.5 x 83.0
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Turbo
      Piston Speed FPM: 4356.955


      14. Porsche Boxster and Cayman, S, and GTS - 7800 rpm 2.7/3.4 liter flat-6

      Horsepower: 275/325/340
      Torque: 213/272/280 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 89.0 x 72.5 / 97.0 x 77.5 / 97.0 x 77.5
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 3710.63 / 3966.535


      14. Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera S, and GTS - 7800 rpm

      Horsepower: 350 / 400 / 430
      Torque: 287 / 325 / 325 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 97.0 x 77.5 / 102.0 x 77.5
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 3710.63 / 3966.535


      16. Ferrari California T - 7500 rpm 3.85 liter V8

      Horsepower: 552
      Torque: 557 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 86.5 x 82.0
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Turbo
      Piston Speed FPM: 4035.433


      16. Nissan 370Z Nismo - 7500 rpm 3.7 liter V6

      Horsepower: 350
      Torque: 276 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 95.5 x 88.4
      Fuel Injection: Port
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4350.394


      16. BMW F80 M3 / F82 M4 - 7500 rpm 3.0 liter inline-6

      Horsepower: 425
      Torque: 406 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 84.0 x 89.6
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Turbo
      Piston Speed FPM: 4409.449


      19. Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S - 7400 rpm 2.0 liter boxer four

      Horsepower: 200
      Torque: 151 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 86.0 x 86.0
      Fuel Injection: Dual direct and port
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4175.853


      20. Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 7300 rpm 4.7 liter V8

      Horsepower: 430
      Torque: 346 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 91.0 x 91.0
      Fuel Injection: Port
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4358.924


      21. Maserati GranTurismo - 7250 rpm 4.7 liter V8

      Horsepower: 444
      Torque: 376 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 94.0 x 84.5
      Fuel Injection: Port
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 4019.849


      22. AMG GT S 7200 rpm 4.0 liter V8

      Horsepower: 503
      Torque: 479 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 83.0 x 92.0
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Turbo
      Piston Speed FPM: 4346.457


      22. Porsche 911 Turbo S 7200 rpm 3.8 liter flat-6

      Horsepower: 560
      Torque: 516 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 102.0 x 77.5
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Turbo
      Piston Speed FPM: 3661.417


      22. BMW F10 M5 / F13 M6 - 7200 rpm 4.4 liter V8

      Horsepower: 560/575
      Torque: 500 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 89.0 x 88.3
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Turbo
      Piston Speed FPM: 4171.654


      25. Porsche Panamera GTS 7100 rpm 4.8 liter V8

      Horsepower: 440
      Torque: 384 lb-ft
      Bore x Stroke (mm): 96.0 x 83.0
      Fuel Injection: Direct
      Aspiration: Natural
      Piston Speed FPM: 3866.798


      Complete list:

      1. Ferrari LaFerrari - 9250 rpm
      2. Porsche 918 Spyder - 9150 rpm
      3. 2015 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 - 9000 rpm
      4. 2015 Porsche 911 (991) GT3 RS - 8800 rpm
      5. Audi R8 - 8700 rpm
      6. McLaren 650S/675LT - 8500 rpm
      6. Ferrari F12 - 8500 rpm
      6. Audi RS5 - 8500 rpm
      6. Lamborghini Huracan - 8500 rpm
      10. McLaren P1 - 8300 rpm
      11. Lamborghini Aventador 8250 rpm
      12. Ford Shelby GT350 - 8200 rpm
      13. Ferrari 488 GTB - 8000 rpm
      14. Porsche Boxster and Cayman, S, and GTS - 7800 rpm
      14. Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera S, and GTS - 7800 rpm
      16. Ferrari California T - 7500 rpm
      16. Nissan 370Z - 7500 rpm
      16. BMW F80 M3 / F82 M4 - 7500 rpm
      19. Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S - 7400 rpm
      20. Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 7300 rpm
      21. Maserati GranTurismo - 7250 rpm
      22. AMG GT S 7200 rpm
      22. Porsche 911 Turbo S
      22. BMW F10 M5 / F13 M6 - 7200 rpm
      25. Porsche Panamera GTS 7100 rpm

      This article was originally published in forum thread: These are the 25 highest revving production motors in 2015 - List of top 25 automotive engine redlines with piston speeds started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 26 Comments
      1. Kommodore's Avatar
        Kommodore -
        The piston speeds are kinda all over the place. Doesn't seem to matter so long as the engineering is there to back it up.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        So with piston speeds you mean distance travelled in 1 minute at max rpm, or max speed in 1 stroke?
        I thought the most force for a piston is the acceleration/decelleration at the end /start of each revolution
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Kommodore Click here to enlarge
        The piston speeds are kinda all over the place. Doesn't seem to matter so long as the engineering is there to back it up.
        They are all over the place but notice the higher strokes combined with higher rpm's have high speeds.

        The McLaren M838T is not stressed at 8500 rpm the way the Huracan V10 is, not even close.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        So with piston speeds you mean distance travelled in 1 minute at max rpm, or max speed in 1 stroke?
        I thought the most force for a piston is the acceleration/decelleration at the end /start of each revolution
        Feet traveled per minute on the upward and downward travel. The distance it travels in the cylinder.

        You would probably be more used to meters per second.
      1. 93siro's Avatar
        93siro -
        Holy crap R8 piston speed is insane.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Yeah VAG loves that 92.8mm stroke! Impressive they make those engines rev so high being so undersquare. Those piston speeds dwarf everything else except the GT350.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by subaru335i Click here to enlarge
        Yeah VAG loves that 92.8mm stroke! Impressive they make those engines rev so high being so undersquare. Those piston speeds dwarf everything else except the GT350.
        I'm surprised how hard Ford is pushing that motor.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 93siro Click here to enlarge
        Holy crap R8 piston speed is insane.
        Kind of amazing they have an undersquare design revving like that.
      1. 93siro's Avatar
        93siro -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Kind of amazing they have an undersquare design revving like that.
        Either they are using short rods or these engines are known to get oval walls over the time. Cant get away with such piston speed.
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        are the pictures meant to be all over the place regarding brand ?
      1. spool twice's Avatar
        spool twice -
        IMHO, the list should be #1 - # 25 in piston speed order. Never realized how "lazy" Ferrari's are in terms of piston speeds. Audi/Lambo's with their longer stroke engines have crazy piston speeds, WOW!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 93siro Click here to enlarge
        Either they are using short rods or these engines are known to get oval walls over the time. Cant get away with such piston speed.
        I don't know how they keep it together. It certainly is uncommon to see that kind of design with those kinds of revs.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by spool twice Click here to enlarge
        IMHO, the list should be #1 - # 25 in piston speed order. Never realized how "lazy" Ferrari's are in terms of piston speeds. Audi/Lambo's with their longer stroke engines have crazy piston speeds, WOW!
        The piston speeds are interesting and that is why they are included but it makes more sense to go in terms of redline.

        If I went in terms of piston speed the M838T would be at the bottom instead of toward the top where it should be.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 93siro Click here to enlarge
        Either they are using short rods or these engines are known to get oval walls over the time. Cant get away with such piston speed.
        Don't you mean long rods? I thought to a certain point the higher rod ratio the better for high revs because the piston spends more time near TDC thus the instantaneous force on the rod is less so you are less likely to hammer your bearings and stretch your rods.
        I know there is a lot more to revving high but I know in practice people use long rods when building high revving V8's and flat 4's.
      1. subaru335i's Avatar
        subaru335i -
        Oh also the longer rod should decrease side loading the cylinder wall so they don't oval.
      1. 7plagues's Avatar
        7plagues -
        Funny to see one domestic on there. Glad its a flat plane crank!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 7plagues Click here to enlarge
        Funny to see one domestic on there. Glad its a flat plane crank!
        It would be nice to see more domestics but if you showed motors by displacement the domestics would dominate.

        The one that is there though is exceptional and it isn't even on the road yet.
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        Maybe it's just me but I feel like something is wrong in the world when there's a list like this and there's not a BMW engine in the top 10
      1. 93siro's Avatar
        93siro -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by subaru335i Click here to enlarge
        Don't you mean long rods? I thought to a certain point the higher rod ratio the better for high revs because the piston spends more time near TDC thus the instantaneous force on the rod is less so you are less likely to hammer your bearings and stretch your rods.
        I know there is a lot more to revving high but I know in practice people use long rods when building high revving V8's and flat 4's.
        You are correct.

        I tried to rep you but i accidently hit the red bottun. Sorry.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by G0TB00ST? Click here to enlarge
        Maybe it's just me but I feel like something is wrong in the world when there's a list like this and there's not a BMW engine in the top 10
        I feel the same way but people still think BMW's are 'high revving' for some reason.

        The M3 S55 shouldn't even be where it it is on the list considering how its torque drops off. It's just a redline BMW put there to try to appease the purists.

        Anyway, the BMW that would be challenging for the top spots here is dead and buried.