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Does an engine exist that is globally accepted as "the best"?
There's this dude at my work who keeps going off about how great the 2JZ is, being able to reach 700bhp and such shit wich stock internals and claims that it is universally accepted as the greatest engine ever.
I did point out that the old Chrysler 2 litre engines could get up to 800bhp with stock internals and not blow up, he proceeded to lose his shit.
I've also pointed out to him a few times that I personally prefer BMW engines, especially the older ones and he now thinks I am the biggest asshole in the building because I didn't agree with him that the BMW V12 is the worst engine of all time, to which I pointed out that the BMW M40 and M43 exist which are worse, then there's a fucking ton of Eastern European engines with varying degrees of fucking terrible, so most certainly the worst ever is one of those.
I personally like the BMW M50 and would consider it the best engine ever built. It's cheap to maintain, easy to fix and quite reliable.
The M30 comes in as a close second, but they do have some valve train/cam issues and that bitch is heavy as fuck.
The Chrysler 2.2 litre Turbo II also has a place next to my heart as it was reliable as fuck, had power to spare and was extremely easy and cheap to maintain. Parts availability was a bit problematic though, couldn't find a new original radiator for the life of me.