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Here's the numbers I come up with per the controlled-rpm condition I cited earlier:
engine hp/L @ 2500 rpm
3.5 L 31.4
3.6 L 31.1
5.7 L 30.7
6.4 L 28.9
6.1 L 28.7
Viper 8.4 L v10 27.4
Honda vtec 2.2 L i4 25.0
engine hp/L @ 4500 rpm
3.6 L 63.9
6.4 L 62.5
3.5 L 61.4
5.7 L 61.4
6.1 L 59.0
Viper 8.4 L v10 56.0
Honda vtec 2.2 L i4 52.3
Why 2500 rpm?...well, reason suggests that is a very common area of rpm where people use these engines in day to day use. If "efficiency" is a concern, why wouldn't you be most interested in this range (where it is actually being used)?
Why 4500 rpm?...well, reason suggests that is a fairly typical area of rpm for typical engines to get a good swing at pk torque (which as a person in an earlier post cites, is a more direct quantity to indicate engine "efficiency", in the first place). At the very least, any engine will be way into the rpm's where the cam will be "on fire" (the vtec, maybe not so much, being a more extreme example).
The conclusion?...we are talking about a very narrow range of efficiency between these engines (they're all "equally efficient" within a few percentage points), but the 3.6 does come out on top, more or less. The Viper and Honda engines were added merely to introduce more context to the range extremities (big vs low displacement, highest hp vs lowest hp).
good info thanks...I was pretty sure I could count on you for some solid data
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not really - out of all the V6's that have been produced in the last 6 or 7 years, the Challenger is the slowest one.
2010 Acura TSX: 6.0 and 14.3
2012 Cadillac CTS: 6.1 and 14.5
2013 Cadillac ATS: 5.3 and 13.8
2012 Mustang: 5.1 and 13.7
2013 Honda Accord EXL: 5. and 13.8
ANY Hyundai Genesis Coupe: mid 5's and mid to high 13's
2010 Infinity G37: 5.2 and 13.7
2007 Infinity G35: 5.0 and 13.5
ANY Lexus IS 350: low to mid 5's and mid 13's
2012 Mercedes C350 Coupe: 5.5 and 14.0
ANY Mercedes E-Class V6
ANY Mercedes S-Class V6
2008 Nissan 350Z: 5.2 and 13.5
2011 Nissan 370Z: 4.6 and 13.0
2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SV: 5.7 and 14.1
2010 Nissan Maxima SV: 5.7 and 14.3
2012 Toyota Camry SE: 5.7 and 14.1
When you factor in cost, the 5.7l RT is the most bang for the buck.
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And the v8 challengers vs other v8s? Let's face it, if you're strictly buying based on performance, the Challenger is probably not going to be the car you buy
As an R/T owner let me say I fully agree with this statement. If 1/4 mile times are your number one priority, buy an old fox body 5.0 for $4k, dump $10k into it, and for less than $15k you can run 9's all day long.
I consider my R/T a beautiful cruiser.
However, my R/T still has 400+ ft-lb of torque...My R/T can still rip off 5 sec 0-60 runs...and my R/T can still light up the tires at will and chirp the tires all the way through 4th gear...Can it beat a new 5.0? Nope, but I don't give a s**t
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