The V8, perhaps more than any other engine configuration, holds an undeniable mystique and a sense of romance. It has become after all – from Ford’s first editions, to the pony cars of today – the de facto standard when it comes to performance muscle. Oh sure, there are smaller engines with fewer cylinder and more turbos that may challenge the V8 on paper. Or, engines with more cylinders that are more classy. But when it comes down to getting-it-done horsepower, you generally can’t go wrong with a good old 90° gas-fed V8.
That is, except when you can go wrong. You see, among all the Small Block Chevies, Windsor Fords, Pontiac Nailheads, Ferrari Dinos, and Dodge Hemis, there have been some V8s that have – how shall we say this – stank. Those are the ones we’re looking for today. In fact we’re not just looking for the bad motorscooters of the V8 world, we want the big kahunas of badness. What do you think is enemy #1 of the V8 world?