Yes i'm sitting here at the strider skunk works, and a thought came up that i'd like to share and discuss, and please as hard as it is for us to keep on the right track here lol, i'd like a contructive reply, as i think it will be a good discussion.
For the guys and gals who don't currently own a V8, what are your real thoughts on a bent 8 Falcon. Do you think it's a must have before you leave this world (be all end all) or you don't see what all the fuss is about.
With the XR6-T being so popular and rapidly becoming the cult car of the Aussie muscle sedan, i often wonder if it will make the V8 battle defunct. I can only speak of experience after driving 6 pack Falcons and comparing it with a 4 cylinder. Sure a Japanese turbo 4 (Nissan Silvia, FJ20 powered Skylines etc) are alot quicker but the feeling and balance of the Inline 6 feels much much better to drive despite the lack of pace compared. It seems no 4 cylinder will ever be as smooth as an I6, yes thats including a boxer 4 as well. So the otherside of the token is will a V8 have that feel good feeling over a forced 6 taking 1/4 mile drag times aside.
Lastly for the guys that own a V8, would you go to a 6 cylinder (forced or atmo) or are you hooked and will not touch a car without 8 pots under the bonnet.
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I don't really care whether it has 6 or 8 cylinders, but I do care as to how efficent the engine is, and how it performs in the given car.
The sound of an engine has little effect on me, it's performance is far more important, in any case, 6 packs sound pretty decent.
The current model Fords are all good, and if I had to choose between them, I personally would choose the XR6T, simply because of it's aftermarket potential, and better handling.
The Boss is a bloody good engine though.
To sum it up, I'll take whatevers feels better to me, at the time of purchase, within my budget.
4L I6, naturally aspirated producing 173.5rwkw.
14.410 @ 96.49mph with street radials.
What's that?..... Did I hear you say TQE power?
i prefer the longevity of the V8 engine, windsors and clevo's are still going 20-30 years (if not more) after being rolled off the showroom floor, i also realise that there are quite a few 4's and 6's doing the same. but when you compare forced induction and Naturally aspirated motors it will always be biased, if you want to go really fast who would choose an XR8 over an XR6T the sky is the limit so far with the 6, the new motors are great, i just hope that they can last the test of time.
Well, I had 2 I6 cars, then a V8, back to an I6. I love them both but I will say that I will be getting a V8 again next. There is something about them that is almost magical. XR6T is a great car but, regardless of speed, the feeling of a V8 is something that can only come from a V8. I love my I6, they are a great motor with a ton of potential but, in the end, the V8 is still something to stir the soul. I truely can say that I could not go through life without owning another V8.
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