You do raise more good points about Diesel engines.
It is a shame that societies attitude towards Diesel is based on sound and appearance of black smoke.
Diesel is the most efficient fuel on the market.
As I stated before, my 1981 VW Rabbit Diesel got 50 mpg! and was exempt from smog.
When your concerned about gas milage, horsepower should be a non-issue. If you want power, V8 or 12 is the only option.
Honda boast about there new little toy that revs up to 9000 rpms!
I think it's a piece of junk! Why would you want to rev your engine that high for marginal hp? An engine can't last that long either reving that high.
I wish Ford, GM or Chrysler would have developed a successful Diesel powered 'small car'. The pick-ups by the 'big 3', Diesels are awsome!
About the thing 4cyl vs. 6 & 8cyl, you may not be able to have as much hp or torque as an 8cyl but you still have a chance of beating them in a race. My b/f's Acura Integra has outrun Mustangs and Camaros many many times, the sad thing though is the fact that he was once outrun by a Cadillac Seville. But I digress.
That dosen't suprise me at all. Even though Camaros and Mustangs come with V8s, most are only V6s which put out 200hp, V8s put out 305-320hp
. They are a lot heavier than your car and your car puts out close to 200hp. Now for the Cadillac Seville. That car is a monster!
It comes with a 300 hp
Northstar V8 engine. Despite the size of the Seville, it's relativly lightweight.
Don't even thinkl about challenging that beauty!