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Best-produced automotive review video ever featuring Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

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Man, this is hands down the single best-ever-produced piece of automotive journalism I have ever watched, way better than even any Top Gear episode during the series' peak in the mid-2000s: 

It just so happens to feature the final word in internal combustion engine (ICE) performance luxury sedans, the 668hp supercharged V8 with a 6-speed manual transmission Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing. If this doesn't get you all psyched and have your blood pumping, I don't know what else will.

What a way to close one of the chapters in the ICE book of automotive history!

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I doubt it is the end of an era for ICE in the US. Their "hot rodding" scene and car culture scene is all about V8s. If you look at their major car companies like GM or Ford. They are still making V8 crate engines that ppl can buy and put into their cars.

Look at Youtube you will see crazy ppl LS swap anything. LS swap is dropping a Chevy V8 into any car. From Miatas to Porsche.

It is land of the free and those ppl do what they want. End of ICE? Perhaps the end of further development of ICE. As long as there are fossil fuel left ICE will still run. There are also news about Porsche's development on synthetic fuel or man made Methane or synthetic natural gas. There will be ppl saving the ICE and not go the way of the electric.

Like the above video, the car need not be super fast.

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Ok, so Slow = Personality?

(drum roll) And the Miss Congeniality Award goes to....Attrage! 

 

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On 11/5/2021 at 7:12 PM, Watwheels said:

I doubt it is the end of an era for ICE in the US. Their "hot rodding" scene and car culture scene is all about V8s. If you look at their major car companies like GM or Ford. They are still making V8 crate engines that ppl can buy and put into their cars.

Look at Youtube you will see crazy ppl LS swap anything. LS swap is dropping a Chevy V8 into any car. From Miatas to Porsche.

It is land of the free and those ppl do what they want. End of ICE? Perhaps the end of further development of ICE. As long as there are fossil fuel left ICE will still run. There are also news about Porsche's development on synthetic fuel or man made Methane or synthetic natural gas. There will be ppl saving the ICE and not go the way of the electric.

Like the above video, the car need not be super fast.

Yes, manufacturers like Ford and GM are still very much going to continue manufacturing crate engines and the aftermarket scene will still continue to flourish with ICEs, but this is completely different. My point is that this is certainly the last of the "enthusiast" engines we'll see from a production model released by GM, since every new iteration of a production car is subjected to ever-increasingly stringent emissions regulations that are just not worth the R&D for them to meet.

As for Porsche's development of synthetic fuels, that's also a special case, as the marque has managed to market themselves to a purist niche that values high-revving NA monsters and manual transmissions. However, they ultimately still have to depend on hybridisation (Cayenne, Macan, Panamera) and electrification (Taycan, future Cayman) for the bulk of their sales in order to remain profitable, just so they can have the money for this kind of R&D. You can be assured that as a purist myself, I'm praying to the automotive gods for synthetic fuels to be a viable option to keep the ICE in production cars alive, but the outcome is looking bleak. This video from Jeremiah Burton does a good job explaining why, with Audi already trying it back in 2015 and subsequently giving up: 

Additionally, Jason Fenske does an even better job of approaching it with the math and science: 

Last of all, Harry Metcalfe does a deep dive into how hydrogen — NOT fuel cells — as an alternative fuel source might be able to keep ICEs alive, but the cost required to compress the hydrogen into tanks is prohibitively expensive, so it's unlikely to acquire mass adoption: 

 

 

On 11/5/2021 at 10:32 PM, Soya said:

Ok, so Slow = Personality?

(drum roll) And the Miss Congeniality Award goes to....Attrage! 

 

You're missing the point entirely; it has nothing to do with speed, as Jason Cammisa explained in the video.  A fast car can be absolutely boring in the way it puts down that speed, while a slow car can make you feel like you're breaking the sound barrier even when it's only going the speed limit. It's about the car containing elements that make it special, such as a finely tuned chassis and suspension setup for handling, an engine note that figuratively wakes even the dead and has its powerband specifically tuned for linear delivery and most importantly, a manual transmission for maximum engagement during the driving experience.

It's something which if you get it, you'll understand what it means. Otherwise, it's unquantifiable beyond just the numbers and figures.

 

 

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