The Lexus 4.0 V8 ... low cost, good power, getting popular!
Note (Jan 14th 2012): At the time of writing we have not collated comparative stats on the Lexus 4.0 V8 engine.
Suffice to say for now that they are available in great numbers at low cost. They make good power out of the box and appear bombproof. They take up more room (quad cams, overhead) than typical Rovers, Chevys and Fords but this is being accomodated more and more as their value for money cannot be sniffed at.
Find a Lexus LS400 on Ebay.
Drive it home.
Strip out the engine, gearbox and loom.
Hind something mad to put it all in!
We will endeavour to update this page with something more worthy as soon as possible.