The Benefits Of Having A High-Revving Engine

If you’re lucky enough to drive something like a first-gen Honda S2000, which has an engine that revs all the way to 9,000 rpm, you probably know all about the benefits of high revs.

In case you don’t and you’d like a quick crash course, Engineering Explained has got you covered in this latest video, which asks a very simple question: How do some engines rev to 9,000 rpm?

Before we get into the how, let’s talk why. The main reason why you may want a high revving engine is simple. Higher revs equals more power, which is particularly nice to have, especially in a sports car.

A simple way to go about creating a high revving engine is making sure the bore is larger than the stroke. A wider bore also leads to improved airflow at high rpm – F1 and motorcycle engines make for the best examples.

We’re not going to run through all the math in this video, but we will mention that the AP1 S2000 and AP2 S2000 models are directly compared. The latter features a 2.2-liter engine instead of 2.0-liter, and doesn’t rev as high as the first-gen AP1. Don’t worry, though, as it all ties together with the title of the video.

  • kachuks

    Last gen Audi RS5 was also pretty impressive with its rev range.

    Any other candidates?

    • eb110americana

      911 GT3 for sure.

    • Andrew Riles

      Rotary engines are well known for it, and no doubt there are several engines from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini that will get a mention…..

    • Jay

      Toyota’s 2zz ge motor in a Corolla Xrs [as well as Matrix Xrs and Celica GTS] redlines near 9000, It’s fantastic.

    • Vassilis

      N/A Ferraris.

  • emjayay

    In real life, where noise and vibration and low end torque are the most important factors, who cares?

  • Jay

    It’s pretty much all down to personal preference with engine characteristics, there is no wrong or right answer.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    my e60 M5 V10’s s85b50 was revving and sounding like hell. max rpm is at 8250 with no compromise.miss it anyway..

  • Shahul Usman

    The Mercedes AMG Project one will rev over 10k rpms (to 11k rpms maybe…) … others..some hondas (type R integra, B16, K20’s).. NA ferrari’s, Lambos, Rx8, 911 Gt3’s, mustang gt350, 2zz toyota/lotus, s2k of course etc…

  • I’m surprised no rumors of next gen S2000 yet. Beside that design buck that turns out to be Honda VGT car and that Autocar report of Honda UK is asking feedback from S2000 owners club about what is their ideal S2000, we haven’t heard again since.

  • S3XY

    Higher revs = more finite gasoline burned. Thing of the past.