German manufacturers aren’t famous for producing many V8s, but when they do put one in a sports car, it’s incredible.
When we think of V8 power, the first thing that comes to mind is the American muscle car of the ‘60s. But there are plenty of amazing V8-powered sports cars Germany made as well, and while we know of them, we do not associate them with a V8 as quickly as we do a Mustang or a Corvette. That said; there’s nothing the German automaking industry cannot do, except perhaps make an economy car. Oh wait, Volkswagen did that.
We all know and value German sports cars for their performance and prowess, and of course, for their luxury as well, especially if we have the deep pockets to afford them. So here go some coolest V8-powered sports cars Germany is proud of. You’ll find Mercs, Audis, Bimmers, and AMG in here but Porsche remains a staunch flat-six car, turning up its posh nose on the V8, and that’s okay.
The Monstrous Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG speedster was made from 2010 to 2015 and is blessed by a monster-like V8 power. It’s a 6.2-liter mill that AMG dubbed as the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated production series engine ever, making it one of the coolest V8-powered sports cars Germany made.
This large capacity V8 is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic to crank out a massive 563 horses and delivers a 3.5-second 0-to-60 MPH sprint at a top speed of 197 MPH. Apart from its heart-thumping V8, it featured retro-inspired gullwing doors as a hark back to the 1950s SL Roadster’s golden days.
The Impressive BMW M5 (E39)
Made between 1998 and 2003, the BMW M5 featured the BMW M division’s first-ever V8, called the S62. The same engine was later also put into the Z8 Roadster and featured individual throttle bodies as well as the VANOS variable valve timing system.
The engine also had a trick to prevent oil starvation during hard cornering, and it was a semi-dry-sump oil system with dual scavenger pumps. The near 5.0-liter V8 managed a whopping 390 horses, making the M5 one of the most capable V8-powered sports cars Germany ever thought of.
The Current Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S Coupé
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S clocked a 0-62 MPH in just 3.2 seconds, all thanks to a powerful 4.0-liter Biturbo V8 engine. This V8-powered 4-door coupe Germany is rightly proud of, jets 630 horsepower and 627 lb-ft. of torque, making it beastlier than the top-rated AMG GT R supercar.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S debuted in 2018 and is going strong now, with motorsport in its very DNA, ably helped by the AMG Ride Control+ system and the active rear-axle steering. On a 4-door coupe, that is.
The ‘Transporter’ Audi R8 4.2 FSI
The 2006-12 Audi R8 carried the same V8 that was used across the Audi range, but it was redesigned to be way more high revving than before. The V8 now came in two trims, the “comfort” version went in all the high-luxury sedans while the HIPO V8 went into the R8, the reason why Jason Statham did stunts in Transporter.
This was also the first Audi V8 engine to use the Fuel Stratified Injection system that had been brought from the endurance racing cars. On a 6-speed manual, this car was nigh well unstoppable, making it one of the many V8-powered sports cars Germany calls a legacy.
The Torquey BMW M3 (E92)
The BMW M3 debuted in 2007 and stayed strong till 2013, running with the S65 V8, which was a way different beast from BMW’s other V8 engines. It was again made exclusively for the E92 M3 by BMW’s much-hallowed M-division and managed to jet 400+ horses, revving at 8,300 RPM.
The engine was made from the S85 V10 by knocking back two cylinders and carried the same individual throttle bodies and a double VANOS variable valve timing system. The revving was out of the world, making it one of the coolest V8-powered sports cars Germany ever made.