Motor Trend reports that Honda is building a V8 engine, much to the dismay of VTEC worshippers everywhere. Since GM has proven- again and again- that V8 engines are dynamically and commercially useless in front-wheel drive cars, the V8's future in Honda's FWD family is something of a mystery. The all wheel-drive Acura RL will surely be a recipient, since its V6-only configuration (not to mention bland looks and ADD interior) have left it an also-ran in the midsize luxury category. The Ridgeline or its eventual successor is another likely candidate for the eight-pot– even though there are some fanboys who'd prefer to use Ridgelines to create artificial reefs. The most logical recipient of Honda's V8: the NSX. But Honda has been saying all along that their next gen supercar will get a ten-cylinder vibration factory instead. Aside from all of the practical issues, why is fuel-miserly Honda making a V8? Unless it's part of some master plan to soften the blow for refugee NASCAR families ditching the Detroit iron, Honda's motives remain shrouded in secrecy and conjecture.
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