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Old 12-07-2008, 08:28 PM   #15

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Originally Posted by Beau View Post

Not everyone wants a pushrod 2 valve v8 as their only choice in GM...

In fact if GM survives, you will see it all but disappear, and I cannot wait.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:41 PM   #16

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Point 1. Putting a V8 would make a huge difference in insurance. Stupid insurance companies discriminate against V8 fbodies. I was treated like a criminal when I said I have a V8 not a V6 when getting my quote from State Farm. I'm automatically a street racer and need to pay double. Even though I have 0 tickets and 0 accidents on record.

Point 2. Fleet cars need to be cheap and V6 is a better sell then V8. 5.3 would probably cost more. GM makes a lot of sales to fleets. I rented a V6 camaro once. I don't think they had any Z28s.
Point 3. Image is a big issue. From a marketing standpoint, having a 300 hp V6 sounds much more responsible than having a 300 hp V8, even if gas mileage was similar. Non-enthusiast buyers don't want V8s. They associate V8 with excess, gas guzzling, unsafe, loud, anti-social, and many other negatives. It just isn't their cup of tea. V6 pony cars traditionally appeal to image buyers and those who want a fun sporty-ish car, not necessarily a hard-core performance machine. The Camaro's V6 has done a great job of attracting the attention of those traditional V6 buyers and some V8 buyers as well. The 5.3L V8 would simply not do that.
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