The First 1,000HP Crate Motor And The Lasting Relevance Of ‘American Muscle’ - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

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The First 1,000HP Crate Motor And The Lasting Relevance Of ‘American Muscle’

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If you hang around the sort of people who put European sports cars on a pedestal while categorizing everything made in America as antiquated attempts at chasing performance by way of huge displacement, then it’s high time to for your car buddies to adjust their biases. Even though in the last five years Ford has won its class at Le Mans with a turbocharged V6, GM has bested supercars on the Nüburgring with a car wearing Camaro badges, and Cadillac has conquered IMSA, there is still a pervasive thread in the car enthusiast community that says American engineering peaked during the Space Race.

They’re wrong of course, and when it comes to automobiles, especially so. To anyone paying a modicum of attention it’s pretty obvious that the last few years have given us some of the best American steel (with plenty of aluminum and carbon fiber in the mix now) since the apex of the muscle and pony car era half a century ago. Whether commuter or performance coupe, today’s domestics come from the factory with forced induction engines on a more regular basis than they did in the 1960s, but aside from the efficiency gains to be had from turbocharging smaller cylinder counts, there is still room for some true brawn.
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