Jay Leno's Camaro missing cylinders?
So Jay has a camaro named after him and it’s a V6?? Given, it makes almost as much power as the LS3 V8, but it’s still a V6, right? It’s still a downgrade…...Right?
The Taurus SHO has lost two cylinders but gained a whopping 130 hp! Looking over to Europe, the Audi replaced the S4’s v8 with the same set up; direct injection + forced induction(1). For now, the M3 is still an 8, but there’s rumor of the next generation making the same move, direct injection, twin turbo 6 like the 335i. It seems that the speculation and predictions of two and three years ago are coming true and some V8s are getting replaced by forced induction, direct injection V6s. At first I didn’t like this concept at all. You cant take away the V8!! Especially when they’re getting better and better output with higher efficiency than ever. You loose the sound and feel of Detroit Muscle! Since the 32 flat head(2) it’s been the engine for the American hotroder.
But what if it does make more power with less fuel? Would that justify the transition?
I hope to test drive a SHO some day soon and I’ll let you know my take on it.
If you have any thoughts or feedback, please let me know.
1)Audi S4 is a supercharged V6 but still forced induction direct injection
2)yes, Cadillac, Chevy, Lincoln and other american companies had (luxury) v-8s before ‘32 but the ford was the first v8 for mass production intended for average buyers.
ps; i spend much of my summers learning anything and everything I can from car guys and I still feel like i’m learning, so please correct me if I get something wrong. I want to pick up all the knowledge enthusiasm for cars that I can and pass both along to other people who want to learn why steel, grease, paint and gasoline can produce such passion but I don’t want to come across as a know-it-all. Please don’t take my posts as lecturing since I know most people reading this know much more than I do.