Although it’s unlikely that petrol-powered engines will suddenly disappear from the streets overnight, let’s imagine that the whole world has gone electric. What would you miss from the “gas-guzzling” era? Certainly, nobody would miss paying the current sky-high prices for fuel or failing to start your diesel-powered car on a cold winter morning. However, one thing we would all miss are the thoroughbred and legendary car engines we all know and love. The motors that became famous for their power, durability, and construction. The engines that every car enthusiast should know and will still be relevant even when petrol engines become a distant memory. Here are the top five fantastic engines EVs will never replace.

BMW S65 V10

Not that long ago, BMW wasn’t so obsessed with fuel economy or environmental standards. They allowed their engineers to use Formula One know-how and transplant it into road-going cars. The result was the E60 M5, one of the best performance sedans ever made. More importantly, this car had a real gem of an engine – a 5.0-liter, V10 called the S65. It was assembled by hand and is regarded as the pinnacle of BMW’s engineering excellence. With 500 HP and 385 lb-ft on tap, the S65 almost met race engine compression ratios of 12.5:1 and an 8,250rpm red line which is an amazing spec for a street-legal engine. Even today, 15 years after introduction, the S65 stands out as one of the best petrol-powered engines ever made and a “poster child” for true BMW fans.

Chevrolet Small Block V8

It may be hard to believe, but Chevvys small-block V8 was in production for a whopping 50 years (1953 to 2003). Over the five decades, General Motors made more than 100 million small block V8 engines using them for tens of different cars, trucks, boats, pickups, and even available to buy on a crate. Even today, GM’s powertrain division still make V8s not a million miles away from the original. So iconic is the small block that without it there would no muscle cars, no powerboats and no Hot Rod culture. With two valves per cylinder and a single camshaft in the engine block, the Chevrolet small-block V8 wasn’t just an engineering masterpiece, but it managed to beat many much more complicated V8’s on both the street and the track. Once EVs take over, we will miss the rumble of the carbureted 5.7-liter V8, for sure.

Porsche Flat-Six

Many people view cars and their engine as one, but in the case of Porsche’s legendary flat-six engine, we can easily observe it on its own. In production since the early ’60s, the iconic flat-six has gone through numerous design changes yet remained as one of the most unique sports car engines on the market. Not only is it highly regarded for its flat-six-cylinder configuration, but also for its extraordinary ability to evolve from a small-displacement unit to a turbocharged monster in just a few years. The flat-six won thousands of races over the years and provided the Porsche 911 with its unique handling characteristics, design, as well as characteristic sound. There may be louder and more aggressive-sounding engines out there, but there is nothing like the howl of the straight-piped 911 GT3 RS.

Toyota 2JZ-GTE

If insane power is more your cup of tea, then there is nothing more iconic than Toyota’s 3.0-liter, straight-six, turbocharged, twin overhead cam unit – the2JZ. Upon first glance, this engine does not look anything special. However, it has become something of a Holy Grail amongst JDM fans and people looking to go north of the 1000 HP mark. Based on an older design, the 2JZ-GTE put the Toyota Supra into the spotlight of the tuning community thanks to its insane ability to withstand modification and deliver supercar-rivaling power for a fraction of the cost. The secret is in its sturdy and well-designed internals and over-engineered construction. Even though EVs have a lot of power and can deliver smoky burnouts, they will never match the sheer force and insane torque of a boosted 2JZ under full throttle.

Chrysler 6.2-Liter Supercharged V8 Hellcat

If petrol-powered engines really have to go, then let’s let them go with a bang and the glorious roar of a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine delivering 707 HP and massive 650 lb-ft of torque. You can find it in the Charger, Challenger, and Cherokee Trackhawk, and if 707 HP is not enough, there is also a Demon version with 840 HP requiring race fuel. In these days of environmental concerns and distracting political correctness, this motor puts up a wonderful middle finger to the establishment. Crude, primitive, simple, terribly fuel-inefficient but magnificently powerful, loud, and crazy, the Hellcat V8 is all that enthusiasts can dream of. The supercharged Hellcat Hemi V8 is not only about power and smoky burnouts; it is about rebellion against the system and dull cars. It shouts curse words and terrifies hybrid-driving hipsters. It has its own hole in the ozone layer and demonstrates that gasoline fanatics will never go without a fight.