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PostSubject: The current state of the V8 rant   Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:23 pm

I'll say right out, I hope the V8 will never die, now, I am sure that sometime in the future the V8 will be put to rest, and the higher gas prices go the quicker it will happen. Remember back in the '70s during the gas crisis, people thought it was over for big horsepower engines (that how we got 4cylinder Mustangs). I'll get to my point. We as a people who love our V8 need to support alternative fuel to save the engines that has kept the United States running strong. How can that be you might ask. Any engine can be rebuilt to run E85, any engine can be rebuilt to run hydrogen. I have an '86 S10 with a 400 small block built to run E85 and it actually runs better because of the higheer octane rating. Most E85 has a rating of 115 compared to 87 octane at the pump. 4 cylinders will always rule the roads these days, but we can still have our big horse V8 if we are responsible with what we do with them.
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PostSubject: Re: The current state of the V8 rant   Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:29 pm

Well, we should hope they start doing hybrid/e85 V8s because no middle class man will be able to afford it. I would love to have the new SRT8 Challenger someday...

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PostSubject: Re: The current state of the V8 rant   Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:16 pm

I don't think the V8 will go away, at least not for a while. While some car manufacutrers may stop using them, they'll never completely go away. People who are rich, can probably afford the gas for them, so they'll still use them, hot-rodders will probably still use them to sup up cars, plus a lot of people who buy sport cars want a powerful engine, and an old-fashion V8 still appeals to many people. I think that a lot people will save their car that has the V8 for a weekend/fun car, but do most of their driving in a new fuel efficient car.
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PostSubject: Re: The current state of the V8 rant   Mon Jun 30, 2008 11:35 pm

Well not all V8s have to be expensive gas guzzlers. I don't know what you guys feel about a hybrid V8 but then again, that would just be another 5k to the sticker. Luft is right, buy the V8 for the fun weekends and get a Chevy Volt or Camry Hybrid for work.

Cheapest V8 I can think of is the upcoming Hyundai Genesis, a respectable sedan coming out in 2009 with the price somewhere in the 30s (i'm not sure where). I don't believe the coupe version is coming out with a V8 which sucks...Sedan doesn't look fun to drive at all.

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