[quote]Zap Branigan wrote:
Getting away from the efficiency issues, what happens when an american car firm gets hold of a 8 litre v10…450 sluggush horsepower and poor refinement.
German engineers get 5 litres and a V10, and they get 500 HP and it screams up to 8000.
There seems to be a discrepancy with not only the amount of hoarses/litre, but the way in which it delivers those horses, and thats noy going over to ride refimnet and handling.
I know the needs of road users (different roads etc) in the US are different, but is that an excuse? Could an american car firm ever produce an M3 or M5 type car?
American drivers have traditionally had a fascination with high displacement, low revving engines with a lot of torque so they don’t have to change gears.
I enjoy shifting gears so I like the higher revving engine. I enjoy my fathers Boxter far more than any V-8 muscle car I have ever driven even if the V-8 is faster stoplight to stoplight.
I think American car companies are fully capable of building a high revving engine but there is relatively little demand in the states for the high revving small diplacement engines.
That is changing with the newer generation of kids brought up on The Fast and The Furious and riding inline 4 sportbikes instead of V Twins. I don’t know if the car executives in Detroit are smart enough to figure this out. [/quote]
Yes, a big lazy V8 does have its owns satisfactions, but obviously couldnt stick it on the twisteys, and i am not sure if the US engneers have the engineering knowledge there. Ford could rope someone in from this side of the pond, as could all of the large firms.
I guess it comes down to demand, and market, but the companies are complicit in this. Deisels used to be of a very poor standing here, but now are at least as common, especially for company cars (tax benefits), and i enjoy the torque and new 3/3.5 litre engines, whilst not as revvy, have twin turbos to solve lag, and accelerate as fast as their petrol counterparts.
You now get Hot Hatch diesels. The production of good and desirable, as well as sensible cars, with better refinement, has meant that the market has swollen considerably over the last 5 years.