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    Reader Voted - 20 Best V8s of All Time

    We leave it to our readers this month to give their personal opinions on the top 20 V8s of all time.The ideal engine would be free, make egregious power, be anvileasy to work on, look better than any other, and have a legacy that leaves onlookers in awe. By those measures, what's the greatest V8 of all time? We asked readers that very question, and about 2,000 participated in a poll, ranking 30 engine families on a scale of 1 to 5 in each category. We tallied up the results and hereby present the top 20 for what will likely be to your vehement objections. Are the results perfect? Nope. Most notably, the scoring categories of Affordable to Build Today and Performance Potential knocked some sentimental favorites way down the list. Spoiler alert: Flathead Fords ranked 10th place. Vintage Cadillac V8s--a retro hot rodder's go-to--didn't make the list at all. But--shocker--neither did today's ubiquitous Ford modular V8 (despite the baddest-ever 650hp variant in the '13 GT500, the modular family as a whole was voted too expensive, hard to work on, and ugly). Other also-rans were AMC engines, Cadillac Northstars, Ford Y-blocks, Chrysler New Hemis, and Dodge and DeSoto vintage Hemis. We didn't even bother to add non- American engines to the poll, nor did we rank fuel efficiency because, in both cases, who cares? Each engine was ranked on a scale of 1 to 5 in five different categories, with 5 being the best and 1 the worst. Te highest potential score for the perfect engine is 25 points. We've included the ratings in each category as well as the overall score for each engine. It's an interesting way to kick the can around-- and, most winningly for us, you have only the HOT ROD readers to blame if you don't like the answers. Have at it.

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    I read this a while back and was not happy seeing the LS ranking lower than several ford plants, if thay are better then why do so many Ford builders use the Chevy motor in there builds? and why is the LS so sought after in the restomod and rod builders, even more now than the big blocks! The staff ranks their pick at the end and thay have it right where it should be...Hot Rod readers have shot down the LS many times before, read September 11 issue (1200 HP for cheap)and the staff answers why thay like the LS!! If 12th is the best we can do then 12th it is!! maybe that's what a LS can run in e.t. With a few bolt ons, how much loot would it take to get some of the others in that artical to do that....lol

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    With the aftermarket available, and the ongoing expansion of the line, I would have thought the LS series would have ranked higher.

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    QUOTE=az gt eater;2770264]With the aftermarket available, and the ongoing expansion of the line, I would have thought the LS series would have ranked higher.[/QUOTE]
    Not enought history on the LSx yet.

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