Jeremy Clarkson and the crew at Top Gear are convinced that there are ways to keep the V8 alive even as car consumers and automakers are rejecting the bent-eight in favour of a turbocharged V6 or even inline-four.
One such recycled use is for the 6.2L V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette to power a blender. Goodness, if governments outlawed the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette, what use would its engine have other than in your kitchen?
What does all this have to do with GoodCarBadCar.net’s usual regimen of Sales Stats, Sales Stats, and more Sales Stats? Sales of the Chevrolet Corvette in 2010 in Canada were 316 through the first three quarters of the year. U.S. sales of the Chevrolet Corvette totalled 9798 through the end of September 2010. In other words, Corvette sales in the country with cheaper fuel are 31 times stronger than in the country with more expensive fuel (Canada) even though the Canadian market is only seven times stronger. Hmm. V8s are dying?
Watch the Top Gear video below for a taste, as it were, of what a V8 can do outside of a car’s engine room.