and this is why no one has taken you seriously - not in your last thread and not even in this one.
Actually, I do and did then. Not that I think you're wrong because I haven't driven the GT and I'm just going on hearsay when it comes to that car. But all the points that Randy makes and the way he analyzes torque curves completely make sense to me. I also think that too many people have a very narrow way of judging cars, as he keeps saying. The track and dyno results are one thing, but the fighter who punches the hardest doesn't always win, and I'm not talking about luck or cheating. There are so many other variables. Weight is a disadvantage in more ways than one, but that gets overplayed, and it's precisely because people are fixated on things that matter in racing, and then only in specific applications.
Also, in a comparison between engines all of a sudden transmissions, gearings, and even total weights are entering the picture, which makes the argument sound like it's more about being right than anything else. Everybody (posters and readers) ends up losing in those, as you said.
When it comes to cars (and many other things) I try to either compare apples and apples and not to worry too much about what the other guy is doing. That's why, to go back to the OP, the fact that a truck makes more HP than a sporty car doesn't faze me. The fact that a much lighter car with better gearing performs well doesn't bug me either. Different purposes and ways to skin the cat.
I'm in the Randy camp when he talks about normal driving too. Cars can't be taken to the limit (too much) then. So what matters is what happens down low - the top end is rarely useful there. 5,500 rpm is pretty high in the city - cops may be more lax where you are, I dunno. And getting out of the hole the fastest only really matters if you street race. It very well could be that the GT gets around better than an R/T in the city, and that the latter is better for long trips and the highways. It's not quite what I hear (people usually state that they have to keep on it with the GT), but I'll buy that and it doesn't bother me; the principle that bigger, more torquey engines are more appropriate than peppy little ones for that use still applies. Torque contributes greatly to the pleasure of driving in so many day-to-day situations. Now is the 5.7 Hemi a torque monster? Hell no, unfortunately, and even Randy recognizes it when he's not too busy fencing with you.
I'd personally want a better gearing in that R/T, not for the 0-60, not to compare it to a GT, but to make the most of what it has to give. Now I'll butt out before someone thinks an intervention is needed again.