Originally Posted by Horsepoweraddiction
550hp is my goal.
Don't be so focused on a certain peak HP number.
Trust me, you will be happier with a strong torque engine that pulls hard from down low through the midrange. That is what you "feel" when you nail it.
Throttle-response and torque gets you rolling.
I would rather have a Big Block that makes 500 torque at 3800 RPM and 480hp at 6,000 than one that makes 200 torque at 3,500 RPM and 520hp at 6,500.
You just pick your tire size and rear-end gears to match the torque curve, and you are all set to rock. You don't have to run as much converter stall either. It's a win-win deal.