19th Sep 2010, 12:03
This message is to two previous posters.
First off, to the guy in Europe. In the 1980s, American cars with V8 motors had to meet strict emissions guidelines and that's why V8 cars were severely reduced in HP on purpose. One can easily get 400+ HP out of any American V8 by adding wilder cams, better heads, headers, etc. In the 1980s, wimpy European cars on average had 80 HP and no torque due to their tiny engine sizes, so don't complain about your 170 HP Camaro from the 80s. Your Camaro had the same torque as an 80s Testarossa.
Secondly, to the guy who claims smaller engine sizes that are modded are better than American V8s. You can get 1000 HP out of a lawnmower, but it won't have any torque. HP is what you need for 0-60 times. TORQUE is what you need for 1/4 mile racing, and torque is directly proportional to your displacement. 4-bangers need help with turbos, superchargers and bottles just to be in the same league as normally aspirated American V8s. That's why the saying "There's no replacement for displacement" is golden, and that's why American muscle cars will always destroy nerdy import junk ALL the time in drag races.
20th Sep 2010, 12:59
Actually your 0-60 time is directly related to your 1/4 mile time so torque is the key to both. HP is good for top speed in a car.
11th Jan 2011, 14:29
Hey all, Sal here. I've had a 91 RS 5.0 TBI Camaro since '03. It's an auto hard top from Texas, so it's rust free.
I just have to say to the people that say that these cars get bad gas mileage, is you think so? Every third gen Camaro I've been in has gotten low to mid 20s at least. These aren't V6 models either, they're 5.0 and 5.7s. My car has 255,000 miles on it, and it'll still hit the speed limiter (should be 115, but it seems faster, so who knows) and it gets 24-31mpg depending on traffic (2.73 posi lock rear axle). I've driven it around in 3rd just to see what the mileage was, and I still got 18mpg.
To end, my car has never had any work done to it, the intake's never been off, and the only problem it's given me has been 3 fuel control modules in the 130k I've driven it, and a new muffler.