I see this as an offshoot of a "bigger is better" society as a whole. "Go big or go home," same deal.
When I talk with big truck guys, they talk like they wouldn't have dared get a V6 for fear of being taunted as a big wuss. It all seems connected to the tough times we live in, and the ego boost a big motor gives to some who otherwise feel evermore insignificant and downtrodden.
I agree with you, but not on the truck part.
If I get a vehicle that will haul loads, I want one with an engine that will be under the least stress. In those situations it is far better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
Now with the HiPo engines, it is getting a bit silly.
I have always been one who likes big engines. I find the .5.30 bore center engines to be absolutely fascinating BUT when it comes to do the most with least for ANY reason, it is annoying that the -- OH you should not use that, you cannot get up to my standard if you just use that -- seems to be the attitude most often encountered.
The gent who ran a -- not sure what class it would be -- small aa fuel dragster with Daimler V8 was to me was extremely fascinating..
At the same time I find the turbo this, turbo that and turbo other thing to be extremely annoying.
-- My turbo whiz bang rigamajig can make just as much horsepower as Boss 302 blah, blah, blah -- yep and it cannot suffer any cooling snafus, or its hi-buck repair , a hot bitch to work on, and costs twice the price of simple push-rod HiPo V8 to build and run.at that HP level.
I put those in the same category and the writer who disses some one with simple four hundred some HP small block of any make, because he thinks they need a ultra-duty after market block, whiz bang cylinder heads and God only knows what else to meet his standards.
Edited by Bob Riebe, 12 May 2017 - 02:08.