The V8 Engine
As I am still in the “Break-in” period, I am forced to inform you that I have not revved the R Spec past 4,000 RPM. There are two main reasons for this: the first and obvious reason is, the owner’s manual says doing so is not advised. The second reason is… I haven’t needed to! Believe me when I say this, I wanted to redline this beast numerous times. There is no need, though! There is so much power on tap, it is a bit scary to think what would happen if I really pushed it. Mind you, my last car was a V6 powered by a measly 194HP, so the comparison isn’t actually fair. However, I have test-driven the 4.6 and 3.8 versions of this car several times over the last two years, and I can tell you that, at least at highway speeds, I can feel a considerable difference in the power this thing can throw down when asked to do so. I’ve also pushed it a couple of times around town, just for fun, and I haven’t had the need to go over 4,000 RPM yet. This thing is powerful, and the power is readily available at various speeds (that I’ve tried, anyway). The engine really does live up to its “R Spec” nomenclature, and I can’t wait to make it scream!