A flurry of V8 activity – even with the environment dying

A flurry of V8 activity – even with the environment dying

Automakers are under extreme pressure now to produce more fuel efficient vehicles, so future plans for V8 engines are being shelved left, right and centre. Yet, during the Melbourne Motor Show Holden revealed its Coupe 60 (270kW), HSV showed its W427 with 370kW of V8 grunt, FPV and Ford showed their GT and Falcon, and on the other side of the world Ariel and Caterham both showed lightweight sports cars with RS Performance’s 2.4-litre 500hp V8.

No, my friends, the V8 is not dead. It’s living and breathing with new technology.
It’ll be difficult for the V8 to die because people love the sound. As long as there’s a demand people will pay for it. A four-cylinder just doesn’t have the throaty and guttural nature of a V8.

Where to from here? Hybrid V8s? V8s that turn off half their cylinders when not in use, like the 300C? Diesel V8s. Who knows? As long as companies keep bringing out inspirational ‘halo’ cars, we’ll have a hankering to drive an eight-cylinder beast.

Automakers are under extreme pressure now to produce more fuel efficient vehicles, so future plans for V8 engines are being shelved left, right and centre. Yet, during the Melbourne Motor Show Holden revealed its Coupe 60 (270kW), HSV showed its W427 with 370kW of V8 grunt, FPV and Ford showed their GT and Falcon, and on the other side of the world Ariel and Caterham both showed lightweight sports cars with RS Performance’s 2.4-litre 500hp V8.

No, my friends, the V8 is not dead. It’s living and breathing with new technology.
It’ll be difficult for the V8 to die because people love the sound. As long as there’s a demand people will pay for it. A four-cylinder just doesn’t have the throaty and guttural nature of a V8.

Where to from here? Hybrid V8s? V8s that turn off half their cylinders when not in use, like the 300C? Diesel V8s. Who knows? As long as companies keep bringing out inspirational ‘halo’ cars, we’ll have a hankering to drive an eight-cylinder beast.

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