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Did the V8 engine kill the modified car?

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ZTSG 04/04/2022 Sedan 190
At the height of street modification, JDM is the name of the game. This is all for improvement...mainly FR cars, but unfortunately, Honda rice cars are also there. Let us pretend that they are not. Th...

At the height of street modification, JDM is the name of the game. This is all for improvement...mainly FR cars, but unfortunately, Honda rice cars are also there. Let us pretend that they are not. The thing to do is to find good 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder cars, upgrade and adjust them, and compare them to the level of muscle/supercars. But has the recent leap of HP killed the modified car?Did the V8 engine kill the modified car?

First of all, what is the horsepower baseline for a seriously quick performance sedan or coupe now? In the previous decade I would say it was around 300 hp. If your ride had been tuned up to that, or came stock with that output you were taken seriously. The Evo VII and the STi both had around 300hp.

My personal ride, a Nissan 350Z, was eventually given 300 horsies in 2006, and the E46 M3 had 333 hp. I’d even throw the Honda S2000 into that group with its great handling and high revving V-Tech inline 4-cyl, although it only had 240hp in the base model. Well to figure out what the baseline of horsepower is, first we need to look at what’s on the market.

Ford

BMWDid the V8 engine kill the modified car?

Jaguar

Ford

Ford has been tweaking their pony car over the recent years to improve their pony car poster boy. Now you have a range of prices and power to choose from. Here’s quick a breakdown of the stock V8 models:

$30k = 420 hp in the base GT$42k = 444 hp in the 2013 Boss 302$55k = 662 hp in the Shelby GT500Did the V8 engine kill the modified car?

The latter will edge on 200 mph; that kind of speed offers some bragging rights. If you have any mechanical sympathy or feel for a car chances are you don’t want the body roll that comes with the Mustang breed, but for some fun between the lights these are great values for power.

BMW

Even “zee” Germans abandoned their iconic inline 6cyl for a high-rev V8 in the most recent M3. You get around 420hp and 8,300 rpm in exchange for $60k and the stellar BMW “M” drive-ability. It’s the same story with the rest of the M line:

The M5: twin-turbocharged V8 with a whopping 560 hp.Did the V8 engine kill the modified car?

The M6 Coupe has essentially the same engine but larger price tag. Now those are both just below and above the $100k price mark respectively, but you can see the trend.

Jaguar

The new F-Type has been a hot topic, and we’re all still awaiting the arrival of the coupe version, but we can already see the trend being set in this on-again/off-again manufacturer.

The F-Type and F-Type S both have supercharged V6 engines but only have 340 hp and 380 hp, respectively. If you want the serious one, the real deal, you need the F-Type S V8.Did the V8 engine kill the modified car?

While the other models range from about $70,000-$80,000 the top of the range will set you back $92,000. However it does crank out 495 hp from a 5.0L supercharged V8.

The same rings true with the rest of Jaguars performance lineup, as all of the XK line has V8 blocks with various arrays of tuning. The serious-performance XK’s have superchargers as well, ranging from 510 hp to 550 hp.

Before you get sidetracked by all these random figures, let’s get back to the point. From the range of serious performance cars on the market today, the baseline of horsepower has gone up by at least 150. Basically if you set out to buy a new serious sports car and you want to run with the insane 90’s tuners or the supercars, you need around 450 hp, and no cars on the market can offer that kind of power out of a turbo 4cyl or 6cyl engine.

Except for the Nissan GT-R obviously, but that isn’t a mortal car...it’s Godzilla after all.

So yes, if you want to buy a serious performance car that’s on the market today, a V8 is your only option. Forget about the Evo, forget about the STi, forget about the Nismo 370Z...because the V8 did kill the tuner.

If you plan to invest money in one of them to complete it to 450 horsepower, you may wish to buy a Gallardo, GT-R or MKIV Supra that has been properly adjusted. Nothing else will exceed 400 hp.