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V6 Power Wars

[ad#Google Adsense]By now I’m sure you’ve heard that the 2011 Mustang V6 is supposed to pop out a whopping 305 horsepower, which makes Camaro v6 owners testees shrink a little.  Not to mention, this hulking V6 is the first production car in the world to produce over 300 horsepower while simultaneously getting better than 30 miles per gallon.  It’s insane, it’s like having vegetables that taste like cake and it’s making Chevy think twice about what type of numbers they should be shooting for in their next V6 Camaro.

The power struggle amongst the little (smaller) engines that could is a hot topic for reports prying at Chevrolet execs.  In a recent interview, Chevy marketing manager was asked if the Camaro would be able to live up to Ford’s horsepower challenges.  According to him we’ll find out in a few weeks when the 2011 Camaro figures actually hit the press.  I’m suspecting this was said with a wink and may have been his only way out of the room without looking like a wussy man.

Truth be told however both the 2010 Camaro V6 and 2011 Mustang V6 are strong contenders, even compared with just a few years ago.  The 2010 Camaro V6 is producing 300 horsepower and 273 ft lb of torque, compared to the Mustang V6 at 305 horsepower and 280 ft lb of torque.  Not a huge difference, maybe not even one you’ll feel in the seat of your pants, but the fuel efficiency is higher in the V6 Mustang, which might make you feel it in your wallet.

How would you have reacted 10 years ago if I told you Ford was going to produce a V6 Mustang that produced more horsepower than the V8 GT’s and V8 Cobras?  I would have peed a little laughing so hard.

V6 Camaro Vs Mustang

Buying A Crate Engine

Right now, holding the phone to my ear, hands sweaty, mind racing, what will my Mustang feel like with an all new crate motor this spring?  It’s exciting and anxiety induscing trying to pick the perfect crate motor, I know, I’ve been there.  But don’t let the potential for unlimited horsepower and a shiny new heart for your baby blind you from the truth.  The truth is that most cars are not ready for a new power plant, that souped up crate motor may just break more than the bank.

Crate Motor

Crate Motor

Consider the following, your car can only perform as good as it’s weakest link.  For example, having 500 horsepower under your foot doesn’t do any good if you have bicycle tires.  And, having a great intake system will not get it’s greatest benefit if you have restrictive exhaust.  The same goes for your motor, when buying a crate motor it’s important to make sure your weakest link is replaced first.

If you have a worn out stock motor, then you probably have a worn out stock transmission system.  By just swapping out a new crate motor, with bigger horsepower numbers, you are now applying more stress on that tired transmission.  Probably just a matter of time before old faithful takes a dump on you, making that shiny new crate motor an expensive paper weight.

I would recommend making sure the following components are beefed up before going with a higher horsepower crate motor.

  • Beefed Up Transmission – Nothing spells disaster for an old transmission than a big horsepower crate motor.
  • Proper Suspension – Having the proper suspension setup can be more important than horsepower.  The suspension in your car, if tuned properly, will have a big impact on power transfer.  The goal is to get the power to the ground, not just at the flywheel.
  • The Right Motor Mounts – If the place you are buying your crate motor from offers a mount kit, buy it, don’t go flimsy chensy on this new investment.  A powerful motor can twist itself right out of the engine bay, the same goes for the rear end.
  • Professional Installation – Sure it looks easy in all the car magazines, but actually installing a crate motor can be a big undertaking.  This can be especially true if this is the first time you’ve ever seen an engine not located snugly under a hood.

So, those are my tips on buying a crate motor, or what to prepare for when buying a new crate motor.  Consider this a checklist for buying a crate motor, to help save you money, and hardache down the road.  After all, we want the performance in our minds to reflect directly into the first time we plant the throttle on the road.

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