At a time when turbos are rampant especially in 4 or 6 cylinder engines. Naturally aspirated engines are becoming rare or is it rarer.
Yes...in 2016 its cool to have a turbocharger or two under the hood of a vehicle.
Yes...the initial surge of torque on a turbo motor is captivating. Its a Wow moment "This 4 cylinder pulls strong".
There is an elegance about naturally aspirated engines that is enduring, no tricks, no torque surges. It remains the power curve of an engine breathing in air at atmospheric pressure.
As the automotive world marches on with turbocharged 4 and 6 cylinder engines with 1 or 2 turbos.
There is "something" endearing about a good old fashioned naturally aspirated V8.
You surely knew that we were going to take the V8 out of the bag sort of thing.
Yes...a twin trubo V6 will generate the same power, and possibly more torque than a naturally aspitated V8 with appreciably more displacement.
When you depress the accelerator, and send a signal, we don't really know what is going on with all the software. But with a naturally aspirated engine we seem to know more of what is going on. The connectivity of the accelerator and how the engine, and transmission behave is appreciable more intuitive.
Plus with a larger displacement engine, when you downshift again its more intuitive.
Here lies the enduring intuitive elegance of a naturally aspirated engine.
Agreed...you can achieve ridiculous levels of horsepower with forced induction be it a turbo or a blower. It seems that turbos are for increasing the displacement with forced induction, while blowers are for increasing the horsepower to ridiculous levels.