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Old 10-28-2002, 08:19 PM
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Post Newbie help: 4 cyl vs. V-8

Because I'm 20 years old, my friends and I always talk about the differences between a four cylinders and V-8 for sports cars.

Honestly, as most of you can tell when you drive any amount of time, guys my age love to drive Honda Civics and alikes with exhaust and a K&N air filter.

Yes, I drive a Civic as well but I refuse to modify the car at all unless it is further limited my horsepower and increasing gas mileage =) What I will do is explain what my viewpoint on four cylinders (4s from here on out) and V-8s.

4 cyls:
Lighter cars, therefore better handling. Power comes from top end (that means high rps compared to low rpms, right?) and therefore turbos are better accustomed to this type of engine. Because the cars usually have no torque, they are slower of the line but will catch up in the higher rpms. Cheaper insurance, longer life than a V-8. Almost always FWD, sometimes AWD.

Heavier cars, lots of HP and lots of torque. Good for 0-60 and straight line driving, but lacks great handling. Usually domestic. Because domestic, bad wrap for engine dependability. Usually RWD.

Can someone explain the validity of my thoughts? Also, this video has an AWD, turbo-ed Eclipse vs. a Twin Turbo C5 Corvette... thought the 3rd round of racing was a little odd because it is contrary to my thoughts: The Eclipse jumps off the lines faster and holds it for 5-6 seconds before the Lingenfelter C-5 passes... thought the torque of that C-5 would throw it farther than a four cylinder eclipse.

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Old 10-28-2002, 08:21 PM
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Old 10-29-2002, 06:25 AM
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Well, it really depends on how you build a car. You can take the time and make muscle cars really handle and be able to autocross or you can build them as all out drag cars. It really just depends on what you want to drive. As for lasting longer, that's kind of a myth. If you are doing regular maintenance and have built it right, there is no telling how long it will last.
As for the race you are talking about, with an AWD system, I tend to think that they can make the car hook up better. There is no replacement for displacement though. A V8 is going to be more powerful than a 4 cylinder. Now, you can build powerful 4 cylinders, but you will spend about twice as much. That's the long and the short of it though. I don't want to get into the "whose faster" debate.
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