Lets take a step back then and say that I spend the same $1500 on a V8. I might be able to find a cheap, short block crate motor to start with, but the rest would need to be bought separately as I just wouldn't have enough. The other thought is that I could hunt down a good used engine and hope that it's from a donor vehicle that has a clean engine bay, as I will need almost the whole thing to convert my i6 to a V8. I think it's safe to say that to get a running V8 in my car, I'm spending at least $2500, and that isn't the 396 that I would be opting for, if I were to go that route. So my new 396 will probably provide 330+ horsepower and 400+ torque, and will likely put out a lot more if the price is right. So what is more cost effective, buying a V8 and adding performance or keeping the i6 and spending all of the money on its performance?
Clearly the V8 could stomp the straight 6 if a real build war were to fire up... but I have to be honest, the straight 6 can come pretty close to a decent V8, and for a lot less money. I love the sound and power of a V8, but is it possible to satisfy that craving for raw power with an inline 6, and even be a little unique at the same time? I've been leaning in one direction on this for quite a while but I was hoping to get your opinions before I spend all my money. What do you think?