Friday, August 13, 2010

Somehow, It Doesn't "Ring" Right

News item:

A Mercury Marine joint venture company has entered into an alliance with Volkswagen to develop marine engines.

VOLKSWAGEN? You mean the horizontally-opposed 4-bangers with no power, no torque-curve, and a redline around 4K?

Not that long ago, THE recreational-boat engine was a blueprinted 327 CID Chevy V-8 with 10.5-1 compression, race-cam, and heavily modified valves and exhausts. Ideally, it would also have dual-quad carburetors and timing would be around 10 degrees BTDC.

The American dream is dead, dead, dead.

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