The engine bay presents immaculately throughout. All plastic components retain a fresh appearance, with absolutely no signs of damage or corrosion anywhere to report. On test, the humble two-litre four-pot delivers its 140hp effortlessly through the gears. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a smooth five-speed automatic transmission.
The densely packed engine bay presents in outstanding condition with zero corrosion to report. The 5.3-litre V12 remains in excellent fettle, idling up to temperature without fuss. Original factory stickers can still be found and there are almost no signs of deterioration to of any components. As to be expected the engine pulls effortlessly and the gear changes are smooth.
As the world's fastest four-seater, the new Continental Supersports takes the phenomenal performance, handling and speed of the first generation to new levels. The pure essence of Bentley, it is the most powerful model ever produced. Its supercar performance is the result of an astonishing 700hp harnessed with engineering innovations that include torque-vectoring developed by Bentley Motorsport.
Often these cars suffer from cold start problems but on this example the 2.5-litre engine fires into life first turn of the key and ticks over smoothly. This 190E is equipped with the desirable five-speed dogleg gearbox. On test the car pulls smoothly through the gears as it should, handling the engine's power perfectly. A stainless exhaust has recently been fitted, which sounds great without being too boomy at higher revs; original-style exhaust tips mean the factory appearance is preserved. The most recent service was carried out by Mercedes-Benz at in March 2016. The car will come freshly serviced for the new keeper's peace of mind.
The 3.6-litre air-cooled flat six idles up to temperature without fuss and sounds magnificent. As with the rest of the 911, the engine bay is entirely corrosion-free. All components remain in excellent fettle and present with a smart finish. The engine was replaced in Japan with a genuine RS unit earlier in the car's life, and it is understood that Porsche carried out this work. The car is complete with a great service history with the records at close mileage intervals.
The centrally mounted 1397cc unit in the Turbo was derived from the Renault 5 Alpine, known as the Gordini in the UK. Using a modified Lancia Stratos as a test bed, Renault began work on increasing the engine's output from a normally aspirated 93hp to a turbocharged 158hp; the result is what's found here.
The M88 engine present in the M635 CSi is an evolution of the 24-valve straight six developed for the mid-engine M1 supercar. Like that engine, the M88 shares a displacement of 3,453cc and has a four-valve crossflow cylinder designed for better breathing at high rpm. However, for its application in the E24 the M88 has wet-sump lubrication, specific pistons and connecting rods, as well as more advanced Bosch Motronic fuel injection/engine management.
The 3.5-litre M62 V8 engine starts first turn of the key and idles up to temperature as it should. The engine bay retains a clean appearance with no signs of any damage, poor repair, or corrosion to any of the inner panels. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a smooth five-speed ZF automatic transmission, which performs well on test. The car was most recently serviced at 65k miles in 2016.
Being an earlier example, this M Roadster is equipped with the stunning S50 engine that produces an impressive 317hp. With no kind of electronic traction or stability control system, it is certainly not for the faint-hearted. The S50 engine can be identified by the "BMW M Power" inscription on its cam cover, while the later S54 motor contains only the "M" badge.
At 121k miles the engine was professionally re-built to the spec of a period 2.7-litre E30 Alpina, increasing the horsepower from the factory 172hp to approximately 210hp. The head was ported and polished with a new sports camshaft. The engine was again removed during restoration and was fully refurbished. Most of the ancillaries were new including the alternator, power steering pump, radiator, cooling system, engine sensors, and all gaskets of course. With the extra power a taller LSD ratio of 3.46 was then fitted to ensure smoother, quieter motorway cruising. Lifting the bonnet now reveals a pristine engine bay. The engine upgrades may be subtle in appearance but offer a more lively driving experience than a standard 325i.
The Pagoda is equipped with its factory 2.8-litre straight six. Period documentation and recent correspondence from Mercedes verifies this is the car's original engine. The SL is also present with its dealer-supplied service booklet. 23 entries show the car to have been meticulously maintained under previous ownership.
Lifting the vented carbon fibre R-Tune bonnet reveals a pristine engine bay. The 2.6-litre R-Tune engine, designated the R1, not only gained a new turbocharger and racing camshaft at Nismo, but also received the hot-rod treatment, including full balancing and polished ports. Further enhancements from the factory include an upgraded intercooler, radiator, and oil cooler. The car has recently been dyno'd and runs just as it should from the Omori Factory.
As a 1996 Model Year car this SL is equipped with a five-speed electronic automatic transmission, as opposed to the four-speed hydraulic setup on previous variants. On first turn of the key the car idles up to temperature nicely, and pulls strongly through each of the gears on test. The 5-litre V8 was last serviced 6,700 miles ago, but will receive a fresh oil change upon sale for the new keeper's peace of mind.
Unsurprisingly the SL 500 is equipped with the Mercedes-Benz 5-litre V8, producing a healthy 323hp. Under the bonnet of this example the engine bay is particularly clean and tidy, with absolutely no signs of any corrosion to be found. Looking closer there is protective wax still present on many of the components, as applied at the factory. The car was most recently serviced at 30k miles.
The E60 is equipped with AMG's hand built 6-litre M119 V8. The engine started off life as a 5-litre; the bottom end was bored to 100mm, fitted with custom lightweight pistons, and a modified crankshaft that took the stroke to 94.8mm. The heads and inlet manifold were ported and polished, then fitted with AMG camshafts. A modified airbox and an ECU remap took the power to 375hp and torque to 580 NM.
The mighty two-litre DOHC turbocharged engine produces 276hp from the factory and rockets the Lancer from 0-60 in well under five seconds. This examples benefits from an HKS Silent Power Exhaust and HKS Super SQV blow-off valve (fitted by SVA Imports, Kent). The engine bay presents in excellent condition, and is one of the cleanest of the Evo VI's we have seen here at 4 Star.
As an ex-PalmerSport M3 the car is running at 445hp and has been de-restricted to reach speeds of up to 185mph. The engine bay remains in an orderly state, with the 4.0 V8 sounding magnificent through the custom BTB exhaust. The double-clutch transmission performs faultlessly, shifting rapidly through each of the seven gears as required.
The 4196cc V8 produces 300hp at 6,000rpm, shifting this luxury cruiser from 0-60mph in little over six seconds. The under-bonnet area remains extremely clean and free from any marking to the plastic engine covers. The visible components remain in pristine condition and present just as they did when new. Power is transferred to rear wheels via a smooth 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Under the bonnet is an orderly engine bay remaining in fine fettle. Powered by the peppy 2-litre BMW engine and mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox, this E30 makes for a great little cruiser. The gearbox operates smoothly and pulls through the gears with ease. A fresh oil service has just been carried out along with a cambelt, water pump, and coolant change.
Beneath the huge bonnet is an orderly engine bay in fine fettle. The power is supplied by a monstrous 5.5-litre twin-turbo V12 engine which produces a silky smooth 543bhp with 664 ft-lb of torque, launching the 2.7-tonne vehicle from 0-60mph in just 5.2 seconds. The 5-speed automatic gearbox performs well, changing through the gears effortlessly.
The vast engine bay appears in excellent condition under our studio lighting. The 3.2-litre V6 idles up to temperature nicely and punches out a respectable 228hp at 5600rpm. On closer inspection the under-bonnet components appear in great shape throughout, with nothing untoward to speak of for a car of this age. Despite its low mileage the SL boasts a good maintenance record, and so unsurprisingly remains in fine mechanical fettle. It will be sold freshly serviced.
Praised for its superior handling the Club Sport was named ‘Performance Car of the Year' in 1993 soon after its launch. Under the bonnet lies the 2990cc inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine bay of this particular car remains extremely clean and tidy with no corrosion to any of the panels or components. Complete with a superb maintenance record the car appears in excellent mechanical fettle, performing extremely well on test.
The Cortina is equipped with the original 1558cc DOHC inline-4 power plant. This Lotus/Ford engine is equipped with twin Weber carburettors, electrical fuel pump, and a wet sump. The four-speed synchromesh gearbox feels tight and precise to operate throughout the gears and rev range.
With just 34k miles to its name the 5.3-litre V12 remains in great mechanical fettle, and has just been freshly serviced. The engine bay is well preserved and is certainly consistent with a car having covered so few miles.
Opening the rear lid you'll find the engine bay in very good, clean order. The two-cylinder 499.5cc unit, which produces 22hp, runs well and idles nicely up to temperature. Brilliant in its simplicity the 500 certainly provides a gratifying driving experience.
Having covered a mere 18k miles from new the stock 3430cc straight-six remains in excellent mechanical order. Remaining dry stored for most of its life the engine bay has none of the usual corrosion issues associated with E24's on the inner wings and chassis rails. Since arriving at 4 Star the Observer has been treated to a full service including all fluids, filters, and plugs.