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Import Cars vs. Domestic Cars

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Muscle cars have always been a big in the United States such as the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and Chevrolet Corvette. These cars have been some of the most popular cars for the past 35 or more years, but over the past 20 years, Japanese cars are becoming more and more popular. Many people who are into muscle cars despise these 'imports' and people who are into these imports have the same feelings toward muscle cars. These two types of car lovers have a strong dislike for each other and these cars. Many people see both muscle and import cars as just a car and don't perceive any difference between the two cars.

One of the major differences between the two is the type of engines they have. Most muscle cars have a V-8 or even a V-10 with a large displacement. These engines produce a large amount of horse power and create a lot of torque at the higher RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) range, but to fit these large engines, they need large cars to put them in. On the other hand, imports have a much smaller, inline 4 engine, and because it has a smaller engine, it can fit into a smaller car.

To make comparing easier, a 2004 Ford SVT (Special Vehicle Teams) Mustang Cobra and a 2000 Acura Integra Type R will be used as the comparison. The engine in the Mustang is a 4.601 liter, 280.8 cubic inch V-8 engine with 32 valves DOHC (Dual Over Head Cams), sequential electronic fuel injection, and an Eaton Generation IV roots-type supercharger, with a TTC T-56 6 speed Manual creating ...

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Work Cited

Andrew, Tim. ?It?s All About The Engine.? Mustangs and Fast Fords Magazine. Oct. 2001: 42-45.

Consumer Guide. Muscle Car Chronicle. New York: Publications International, 2003.

Daniels, Jeff. Driving Force the Past, Present and Future Development of the Car Engine. New York: Motorbooks International, 2003

Diaz, Fred. Personal interview. 21 Feb. 2005

Hardin, Drew. ?Variable Valve Timing What Is It? Who Needs It?? Super Street Magazine Feb. 2005: 20-25.

Leh, Joey. ?Can You Kick It? Yes You Cam!? Import Tuner Magazine. April 2005: 24-28.

McAuliffe, Pat. Personal interview. 19 Feb. 2005.

Pettitt, Joe. Sport Compact Performance Guide: Import Cars. Minnesota: Voyageur Press, 2000.

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