Is a Buick really faster than a Hemi? conspiracy theory...
I know and have read the HotRod article that states a 70 GS Stage 1 spanked a Hemi GTX. I don't really believe this for a few reasons:
1- I'm not a Mopar Man, but I always thought the GTX was a tug-boat. Comparable to the Charger. I think it would be a closer match up if the GTX raced a Riv.
2- Chrysler got alot of flack about using the Hemi for a street motor. Maybe a few big-whigs down at chrysler wanted the Hemi to get beat so the government/insurance companies loosened up on them. afterall, it wouldn't be the fastest motor on the street anymore.
3- I'm sure whoever supplied the test Buick to HotRod made sure the car was running it's best... and then some. It probably more than the average Stage 1 motor.
4- When I here the word Hemi, the first car I think of is the Cuda,
or Charger. Yet, I've never seen an ET for a hemi 'cuda or Charger. I bet these cars would trounce a Stage 1.
5- Factory horsepower ratings- Hemi was an 11.0, 425 horse at 4000 RPM. With dual 500cfm AFBs. I bet it made 425 horse @4000. I bet it made much, much more at 6500. While the Buick made 370 at 5000. Bottomline is the Hemi had more power.
6-Why would they pick a Buick? The LS6 is faster than a Stage 1, by a .25 or so. I fthey wanted to do a corporate head to head test why wouldn't they use the best of the best?
7- The Hemi is generally considered the grand-daddy of all muscle car motors. If a little 'ole Buick beat it, should the 455 be recoginzed as the greatest? A hemi has to be the one motor that is more expensive to build than a Buick. This whole spectrum is quite opposite. The hemi is the recoginized as the best, and the buick hardly gets any attention.
I think Chrysler Gave us a win. they threw the fight. they dropped in the second round. Are us buick people just kidding ourselves? I hate to say, But I think we are. I bet, if there was any way possible, if we could pull 2 bone-stockers, absolute stockers for a re-match the tables would be a bit different. What do you guys think of all this? Joe
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