Originally Posted by Sick88Tbird
1.5 liters is the size of a soft drink, not an engine. Imports are more about finesse and handling as well as economy...I say to hell with all that...I'll sacrifice ultra-tight handling for pulling the front wheels a foot off the ground...and economy doesn't bother me one lick. IN MY OPINION...any car the you have to put some form or combination of power adders to get into the low-13's is a waste.
I don't hate imports, I just don't like 4-cyl cars in general.....you give me a new civic and a complete NSX drivetrain and I'm going to have some fun.
And that fineess and handling is why thinking about it in purely drag racing terms is ridiculous. You need to open your mind and truly experience cars like a BMW 2002, X1/9, Miata, etc in their proper environment: a road race track or slalom race track. Yes, gobs of power is fun, but so are high cornering speeds. Trust me, a Miata on sticky tires on an autocross course will feel as violent (and in many cases, feel faster than) a 9-10 second musclecar on the strip.