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Mean & Lean: High-Performance 4-Cylinder Cars

AutoNXT Logo By Mike Meredith of AutoNXT | Slide 1 of 22: During the post-war glory days of the automobile in America (roughly 1950–2000), in order for a car to be considered high performance it had to have a thundering V8 engine under the hood or it simply did not make the grade. But as oil embargoes, calls for conservation, uncertain political climates and the specter of global warming fueled movements in the States during the closing decades of the last millennium to recycle, reuse and reduce, a by-product of these influential factors has been smaller and smaller engines in light vehicles in response to U.S. government mandates on fuel economy.

Power Struggles

During the post-war glory days of the automobile in America (roughly 1950–2000), in order for a car to be considered high performance it had to have a thundering V8 engine under the hood or it simply did not make the grade. But as oil embargoes, calls for conservation, uncertain political climates and the spectre of global warming fuelled movements in the States during the closing decades of the last millennium to recycle, reuse and reduce, a by-product of these influential factors has been smaller and smaller engines in light vehicles in response to U.S. government mandates on fuel economy.

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