the point of this post is to shut EVERYONE up. arguing about which country produces the best engine is incredibly irrelivent and quite childish. everyone has their own tastes and likes. it's like trying to argue what is the best food or what country is the best to live in. there is no best, simple as that. it is impossible to create a unanimous uniform decision about this. the only reason i could see to do this is, yes, it can be quite fun to debate this back and forth and i usually do take the side of the europeans(gotta love that sl55...mmmmm), but that doesn't mean i say the sl55 is the BEST. i just say how good it is without making fun of american engines, because americans also make some damn good engines. my family owns a 2001 merc c240 and also a buick lesabre(company car). which do i like better? the merc of course, but the buick is also damn good. that 3800 v6 is so sweet. so in conclusion, europeans make excellent engines, but so do americans and the japanese. i can name plenty of cars from all three worldly locations that contain amazing engines. Europe: m5, m3, sl55, sl600, etc.. America: z06, viper, this mustang, s7, etc... Japan: skyline(drool), WRX, SC430, supra, etc... oh and as for racing, F1, LeMans, and rally racing rule the only reason i don't like NASCAR is not because i don't like the cars. those 750 horse winston cup stockers are sweet. it's because all they do is go in a circle...gah how boring. I simply don't understand how it could be so popular. F1 is the most technologically advanced form of racing in the world and, in my opinion, requires the most amount of skill(tied with rally racing). Navigating a twisty, tight course is very interesing and exciting to me. or seeing rally cars sliding in complete control around dirt or snow courses is quite amazing. i'd like to see what would happen of you put a NASCAR driver in an F1 car or a rally car. he'd pee his pants.