Because car engines are very expensive to manufacture, car makers tend to create the same engines that are reused across the different models in their lineup (think of Audi’s 2.0 TFSI world renowned engine which can be found in the Audi A4, A5, A6, Q5 and also in other VW group brands like Volkswagen, Škoda, and SEAT).
That being said – here are 10 cars which you may not know, actually uses engines from another manufacturers :
1. Mercedes Benz A and B Class – Renault Engine
The partnership started in April 2010, with Daimler (Mercedes parent company) taking a 3.1 percent share in both Renault and Nissan, and Renault and Nissan each holding a 1.55 percent share in Daimler.
Did you also know that the Mercedes Benz X Class pickup truck is based on the Nissan Navara?
The Mercedes M282 1.3 liter 4 cylinder engine was developed together with Renault and can be found in the Mercedes models like the A180, A200, B160, B200, CLA 200, and GLA 200.
2. Lotus Evora – Toyota Engine
The Evora is equipped with a mid-mounted, transverse, Toyota-sourced 3.5-liter 24-valve V6 engine, which is actually the same engine you get in a TOYOTA CAMRY!
Yes, that’s right. Lotus took your uncle’s car’s engine, added a supercharger, and tuned it to 400 horsepower.
Lotus has been using Toyota engines for awhile now – even the Lotus Exige and the Lotus Elise uses smaller Toyota engines.
3. Toyota GT86 – Subaru Engine
Okay, you may already have guessed this one, but it’s still worth mentioning. Toyota and Subaru developed these 2 sport coupes together.
For the curious – whatcar did a review on these cars, and though almost identical – they found the BRZ to be more fun to drive, due to the steering and suspension tuning done to each car by the manufacturers.
Whatcar’s verdict: Subaru BRZ is fun to drive, with slightly sharper handling than GT86.
While the GT86 and BRZ share most parts, differences are limited to the bumper, grille and alloy wheel designs, and some different cabin trim.
The Subaru boxer engine in the 86 produces 205 horsepower and about 211 Nm of torque.
4. Maserati GranTurismo – Ferrari
One of the best sounding V8s on the road – the Maserati GT’s F136 4.2 and 4.7 liter V8 engine was developed in conjunction with Ferrari.
One of the biggest selling points of Maseratis is the fact that they use Ferrari engines, so you’re getting a Ferrari soul for much cheaper.
But that’s about to change however – as Ferrari has confirmed they will no longer be supplying Maserati, or anyone for that matter, engines anymore by 2021 or 2022.
5. Aston Martin – Mercedes AMG
The successor to the DB9, the DB11 comes in 2 variants – the V8 and V12. Whilst the V12 variant uses an Aston Martin engine, the 4 liter twin-turbo V8 in the V8 variant was developed by Mercedes AMG. Aston’s only SUV, the DBX also houses a Mercedes AMG V8 under the hood. Same story with the Vantage.
That will all change, however, as recent news reported that Aston Martin will wave goodbye to Mercedes AMG engines to use an electrified and self-developed V6 engine, which it says will be as powerful as the Mercedes V8.
Side note: Aston Martin also confirmed that they will keep producing V12s!