This could be it. Earlier this week, Ford released details that their new turbo-charged 4 cylinder Mustang could deliver over 300 HP! Now, your first reaction might be “What do you care, Frank? A Mustang? What gives?” And you’d be right. I’ve actually owned two Mustangs over the years, and they’ve both offered me the reliability of a Yugo.
But this isn’t about my experience with Fords. It’s about the auto industry’s penis contest.
Back in 2000, I was looking for a small performance car and ended up with an MR2 Spyer. Those of you who know me know that I spent the next 5 years (and $20,000 dollars) trying to build one only to fall short at the end, limited by the Eco-friendly engine in the car. This inevitably led me to a V6 for my next project. Even after the release of the WRX STI and the Lancer Evolution, 4-cylinders just weren’t putting out the power sports car enthusiasts expected, seemingly up against some invisible 300 HP wall. Is it an insurance issue? Perhaps reliability fears? Certainly we have the technology. I’m sure someone in the industry can answer with an educated guess, but who really cares? The fact is, now that someone has ventured outside the turbo-4-comfort-zone, my hope is that everyone else will follow.
Isn’t it about time for a 350 HP version of the STI? How about a 275 HP version of the new (and tragically underpowered) BRZ/FRS? Talk about a hot seller!
Come on auto industry! Stop telling me what I want, and making vehicles we want to buy!