On 2002-03-04 09:13, Alanzilla wrote:
You have to be careful, there. There's a whole lotta Supras with 6 cylinders that'll eat anything you can cough up with 8.
But they _are_ rear-wheel drive.
I don't know about a <i>whole lot</i>, they're as rare as hen's teeth, at least where I live. And let's face it, the only way they squeeze that kind of power out of a six-banger is by doing a LOT of <i>squeezing</i>! Adding massive amounts of turbo boost and/or nitrous causes longetivity and driveability to suffer.
OTOH, when you start with the displacement that you need to do the job right off the bat, things are a lot smoother. I can have a normally aspirated V-8 that develops <i>mucho</i> horsepower, yet runs on pump gas, requires no more maintenance than any other motor and can run at 100% all day with nary a hiccup. And since torque (what makes the car go) comes on down low, I don't have to thrash the motor, hence better driveability.
On 2002-03-04 10:23, CTG wrote:
I'll have to disagree with that. Think Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo, Porsche 911 N/A or Turbo, and/or Mazda's rotary RX-7 to site a few specific examples. These all have less than 8 cylinders, but I would not hesitate to call them sports cars. Just because it doesn't have eight cylinders of American iron doesn't mean it's not a sports car.
You have a point, CTG. Notice though that all of those have the rear wheels driven. There are some excellent RWD 6-bangers out there. But that doesn't mean that RWD + 6 = sports car. I'd call it a transitional area. Cars like the Porsche, RX-7 and the RWD + 6 Supras sports cars, because that's what they were engineered to do from the start. But Mom's Altima with stickers and a fartcan is NOT a sports car, no matter how silly it's made to look! In between, it's case-by-case. Personally I don't think the 300ZX makes the cut. It's just too slow. A nice 240Z with a little engine work is another story...