It takes many chemical reactions to produce power from an engine. First, the chemical energy is converted into heat energy. And this heat energy is converted into mechanical energy. Now after simple mathematical calculation, the power of the engine is calculated. This power can be denoted by horsepower. And when the engine is tested on a Dyno, the reading shown are in bhp or the brake horsepower.

Well, that was little basic of how the engine produces power and how it is measured. With that clear, in this day and age people’s mentality is slightly shifting. In the old times where most of the buyers were after efficiency, now people have started considering power over fuel economy. And the carmakers here are surely acknowledging it. Hence, today we are listing 10 car makers in India and their most powerful petrol engines on offer. So, it’s game on!

  1. Hyundai NU 2.0-litre petrol engine (150hp, 192Nm)

    Hyundai Elentra| BS6 Compliant (Petrol only)
    Hyundai Elentra| BS6 Compliant (Petrol only)

    Starting with the Korean auto giant, Hyundai. Hyundai has been in the Indian market for more than 2 decades with root going deep in the market. The reason? wide range of products and their variants. Not to forget the powertrain.

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    In Hyundai’s stable, it is the 2.0-litre NU naturally aspirated petrol engine that is the most powerful. Speaking of power, the engine is healthy enough to generate the maximum power of 150hp and peak torque of 192Nm. The engine comes with a couple of cars, Elandra and Tuscon.

  2. Tata 1.2-litre Turbocharged Revotron (118hp, 170Nm)

    Tata Revotron Engine | Powerful engines in India
    Tata Revotron Engine | Powerful engines in India

    Next, coming to our homegrown carmaker Tata. This Indian car manufacturer is seeing the good as well as the bad days for a long time now. And talking about the current times, Tata is doing really well. This has to do with the updated product range from Tata. The company has VFM and safe cars in its portfolio.

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    That said, this also has to do with the powertrain. Though it is now known for making refined petrol engines, the most powerful engine they offer is the 1.2-litre Turbocharged Revotron engine. This motor produces a peak power of 118hp and 170Nm of maximum torque.

  3. Mahindra 2.0-litre mStallion 150TGDi (150hp, 300Nm)

    mStallion 150 TGDi Petrol
    mStallion 150 TGDi Petrol

    The other Indian carmaker to offer a bunch of petrol engine is Mahindra and Mahindra. Like Tata, Mahindra too was not known for making petrol engines but here we are. Last year at the auto expo Mahindra showcased 3 turbo petrol mStallion engines.

    So, as of now, the 2.0-litre is the most powerful that is currently in production. Speaking of which, this 2.0- litre is capable of producing peak power of 150hp and 300Nm of peak torque. The engine comes with the recently launched Mahindra Thar.

  4. Maruti Suzuki 1.5-litre K15B (103hp, 138Nm)

    1.5-litre K15B Petrol
    1.5-litre K15B Petrol

    India’s favourite car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki is not known for having powerful engines in the domestic market. But not to forget,  cars like the Grand Vitara, Kizashi and S-Cross DDiS did come with really powerful engines.

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    Keeping those aside, as of now the most powerful engine in Maruti Suzuki’s arsenal is the 1.5-litre K15B. This engine produces a maximum power of about 103bhp and the peak torque sits at 138Nm. So, Ciaz, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross are the cars that come mated with this engine.

  5. Toyota 2.7-litre 2TR-FE (164hp, 245Nm)

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    Toyota Fortuner

    The Japanese carmaker Toyota has limited vehicles in India that they can truly call research and developed by Toyota. And among those 3 vehicles, one is almost ready to sail away from the Indian market. Now, we left with two vehicles, Innova and Fortuner.

    So, these two are the vehicles that come with this 2.7-litre 2TR-FE engine. Well, this is a naturally aspirated engine that generated a max power of 164bhp and 245Nm of peak torque. Well behind a huge engine it is not known for good fuel efficiency.

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  6. Honda 1.5-litre i-VTEC (119hp, 145Nm)

    2020 Honda City
    2020 Honda City

    The Japanese people are known for making some of the most refined engines in the entire world with Honda being the top contender. Honda in India did have some powerful engine unit at the starting of this year. But as the days passed, the Civic and CR-V were discontinued and so were the two powerful engines in them.

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    So, as of now, it is the Honda City’s 1.5-litre DOHC motor with i-VTEC that comes on top. This butter smooth engine generates a maximum power of 119bhp and a peak power of 145Nm. This engine can propel the City from 0-100 in just under 10seconds.

  7. Ford 1.5-litre Ti-VCT (121hp, 149Nm)

    Ford Ecosport
    Ford Ecosport

    Well, to most people flocking into Ford’s dealership Endeavour is the only SUV/car the company offers in India. But let me remind you, Ford is still in the game of the sub-compact SUVs and hatchbacks. That said, it is the Ford Ecosport that gets the company’s most powerful petrol engine.

    Powering the Ecosport is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated motor that generates max power of 121bho and about 149Nm of pea torque. Fun fact, this 1.5-litre engine is a 3 cylinder engine and not an I4.

  8. Skoda 2.0-litre TSI (241hp, 370Nm)

    2021 Skoda Octavia RS
    2021 Skoda Octavia RS | Image for representation only

    When talking power in petrol engines, how can we forget the almighty 2.0-TSI motor. If you are now aware this engine does duties in the Skoda Octavia vRS. Also, depending upon the vehicle this engine has multiple states of tunes. But the one is the vRS is among the powerful of the low.

    Jumping into key specifications, here in India this engine generates a maximum power of 241bhp and a whooping 370Nm of peak torque. Also, these figures do not end there. Some motorheads get their vRS tunes and the engine can then produce power upwards of 400bhp.

  9. Volkswagen 2.0-litre TSI (188hp, 320Nm)

    Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Front
    Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace Front

    The other carmaker to sport a 2.0-litre TSI motor in its vehicles is Volkswagen. As said earlier, this is a similar engine to the one present in the vRS. But this one sits in the lower spectrum of the power.

    Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that the engine is not powerful. So, To clear the doubts, the engine that comes in the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace generates 188bhp of max power and 320Nm of peak torque. Again, this engine has a lot of tuning potential.

  10. Nissan 1.3-litre HR13DDT (154hp, 254Nm)

    Nissan 1.3-litre Turbo-Petrol | Powerful engines in India
    Nissan 1.3-litre Turbo-Petrol | Powerful engines in India

    To end the article on a powerful note, here is another engine that is super refined and super-duper powerful. Before talking about size, first, let me tell you the power figures. Well, this engine generates a max power of 154bhp and a 254Nm basket load of torque. And this engine displaces just 1.3-litres.

    Also, Nissan, Renault and Daimler collaborated together and developed this engine which also does duties in some variants of the Mercedes Benz A-Class. But here in India, this engine comes with the Nissan Kicks.

And these were the 10 car manufactures in India and their most powerful engines in production here. This is just part 1, there always is a part 2. So, stay pinned. Let us know in the comment section, which is your favourite engine.

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