Sport automakers have ascended the auto industry’s ladder to become some of the most popular and consumer friendly in the whole world.

No matter what car you drive, Mercedes, Hyundai, AUDI, Subaru, Honda, Toyota, they all compete for the creation of the perfect small and nimble sports car. Light, fast and agile, these awesome sports cars can show who's the real deal once they set foot on the racing track. There is a reason that they are so agile and that's the engine. Small and light engine enables the car to perform better on the track.

We know you love cars, so here is our list of the the best 4-cylinder engines that wrote history !

F20C /Honda/


250 PS/ 1997cc / 218 N·m / stock performance

The F20C and F22C1 are inline-4 engines produced by Honda. They are one of the few Honda 4-cylinder automobile engines that are designed to sit longitudinally for rear wheel drive.

These engines are a distant relative to the F-series engines found in the mid 90s Honda Accord and Prelude. To get most out of the compact sized engine, Honda engineers utilized technology derived from Honda's racing engines. The F20C and F22C1 have two overhead cams with roller followers, a ladder-frame main bearing stiffener, a VTEC system for both the intake and exhaust camshaft, Fiber-Reinforced Metal cylinder liners (FRM), molybdenum disulfide-coated piston skirts for reduced friction, and uses a timing chain.

The VTEC system consists of two separate cam lobe profiles. Variable cam phasing is not used. Roller followers are used to reduce friction in the valvetrain. The rocker arms are constructed using metal injection molding.

The engine block is constructed of aluminum with fiber-reinforced metal sleeve. A timing chain drives an intermediate gear, which drives the cams. The pistons are forged aluminum. The intake plenum was designed with minimal volume for fast engine response, and a 14 lb flywheel was fitted until 2004. A high-flow catalyst is supplied along with an exhaust air-injection system, which greatly decreases catalyst light-off time and cold emissions.

Master-race VTEC engine.

Displacement: 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in)
Compression: 11.7:1 (Japan), 11.0:1 (North America, Europe)
Bore: 87 mm (3.4 in)
Stroke: 84 mm (3.3 in)
Rod Length: 153 mm
Rod/stroke ratio: 1.82
JDM 250 PS (183.88 kW) @ 8,600rpm & 22.2kgm (217.71 Nm) @ 7,500 rpm
USDM 237 HP @ 8,300 rpm; 153 ft lb, 207 Nm @ 7,500 rpm
Redline: 9200 rpm
VTEC: "around 6000 rpm"

Sources : wikipedia
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