But we don't talk about the K-cars. The eighties were kind of a dark time for performance cars, coming off of the nadir of performance that was the late seventies.
"Gone were the Pontiac GTO, the Judge, the Chevy SS Chevelle, the SS Nova, the SS Camaro, RS Camaro, and the Camaro Z28. Gone were the Plymouth Road Runner, Dodge Charger, Plymouth Barracuda and the Ford Boss Mustangs. Gone were the Mach I Mustangs... The wasting sickness that was pollution and emissions controls killed such great engines as the Pontiac 400 Ram Air series motors, the Super Duty 455, the LS-1 454 big block, the LT-1 350cid small block, the 302 Boss, the 351 Cleveland, the 440 Wedge, the 426 Hemi, the Six Pack Mopar engines, the 427 Cobrajet and 428 Super Cobrajet engines, and a host of others. All around Detroit, the automotive ghosts of once great performance cars and the echoes of high performance engines lived on only in memory or in private collections."
But they bounced back. The 80's was a time of learning, of finally working out how to make power with emission controls and EFI. And now, the cars we produce today will mop the floor
of the old warhorses of decades past. The new Corvette? 505 horsepower, 470 foot-pounds of torque, out of the factory, with the LS 7
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