In Reply to: The only reason you should consider a 6 cyl. posted by SL on February 08, 2000 at 09:03:10:
is for smoooooothness. Not sound! My erstwhile E30 325e was great. If memory serves, the 2.7L "eta" had ~123bhp & 170lb-ft. I was oft asked to sum it up in a single word. Easy! Torque. Heck, with respect to smoothness of (whatever's available) power delivery, my former twin boxer (yes, I know, 180deg "V") R65LS beats my current M44. Had a nice "putt-putt" to it under load @ low rpms too.
RE sounds, F.I. has been somewhat of an equalizer the past ~30 yrs...This is true. Actually, my point, then, had to do with WHO makes the sounds...Not necessarily engine capacity and/or # of cyls. It's kinda funny when you think about it. Different nationalities have certain traits; and, it's sometimes manifested in the objects they produce. Germans do *Quality*. Quality of (all types) engineering, components (usually), ergonomics, manufacturing, etc. Yet, it's the Italians that do *Sound* and *Beauty*. RE the former, I was commenting earlier about my Weber-fed, DOHC, sonically-tuned exhaust, 1600cc of Alfa's finest. I got the chance to drive an 275 GTB (2 cam) Ferrari. WOW! I'm sorry, nothing compares. Nope. Not even an air-cooled flat six from Stuttgart. Can you say: "Wheeeeeeeeeeeze"? Tho, the tremendous volume of air & fuel that it can pump does produce a statement. RE the latter, some consider the ///M1 to be, arguably, the most beautiful bimmer - designed by The Maestro, Giugiaro.
SL, I'll defer to you re the attributes of British sportscars. Forget the time-worn "Prince of Darkness" jokes. I'd like to know how is that, given their climate, only the British can design POS convertible top mechanisms?
So, I get a chuckle when someone mentions that they'd rather listen to their Z3. Huh? The high stereo content here would represent anedotal evidence, IMO.