quote: There's probably some European mandate or fine or tax, what-have-you
quote: In terms of displacement fee, that has lead to advancement of engine technology, fees based on the horsepower (Finland) is just pure social engineering.
quote: the correct way to achieve the supposed goals of these (encouraging efficiency) is to base the fees on some metric involving the emissions...
quote: My view of "Yank V8s" is that a lot of them appear to be very much lacking in power, presumably to use less fuel. Would this be an accurate assessment? Are a lot of V8s simply underpowered?
quote: However you still have the mechanical friction of 4 more cylinders dragging down fuel econ.
quote: Plus the weight of the engine......The weight is even more significant when Euro drivers tend to put more emphasis on handing. The big heavy lump of a V8 really screws handling when compared to a lighter 4 or 6.