Re: The engine made it so expensive. --- I looked it up on the net. --- I assume you're talking about Corvette pricing. I have been to the main American car dealer for the northwest of England many times. They are called Bauer-Millet and are a short walk from the Deansgate train station in Manchester. The general rule of thumb for buying grey-market American cars in the UK and Europe is that you take the price tag in dollars and put a pound-sign in front of it. They've currently got a new Viper for Â£80,000. Even the used Corvettes several years old go for as much as Â£30,000. The idea that you could buy a new one for Â£35,000 is absurd. --- These so called "band-aid" fixes are for real world driving. You have to remember people drive these cars on the street to. --- No, these "band-aid" fixes are there to cover up shoddy engineering. This is why real sports cars don't need them. Take TVR for example, their cars make Detroit's best look like pansies and yet the Blackpool monsters simply don't need traction-control, ABS or computerized handling-enancements. Why? Because they were designed correctly at the factory. Incidentially, this is why a TVR 350C with a "mere" 350bhp recently beat things like a Noble M12, Porche 911 GT3, Lamborghini Murcielago and Pagani Zonda around a track - any of of which, by the way, would absolutely slaughter the Corvette Z06 or Dodge Viper. --- Traction control comes in handy when your driving in the rain/snow --- You meant to say "Traction control comes in handy when you're driving in the rain/snow AND CAN'T HANDLE A POWERFUL CAR". You think it doesn't rain or snow in England? Look, if you think you need traction-control or ABS, then you should stick to a Ford Escort or maybe a Mazda Miata if you want to feel "sporty". --- Try dodging a pot hole in your little elise, then spin out and crash. If you had active handling it wouldnt have happened... --- Have you ever driven an Elise? I have and I can tell you from personal experience that it takes more than a panic swerve to unsettle one. Plus, even if you did lose the rear end, the brilliant steering response (another thing that American companies don't seem to know a lot about) makes it easy to rein the thing in. --- my neighbor has a 99 corvette, and it gets every bit of 19/28mpg under normal driving conditions. --- Is your neighbor a senior-citizen or does he just drive like one? I know people with Corvettes too and if you "give them some welly" as the Brits would say, you won't see your mileage get out of the teens. On the other hand, you can drive an Elise like you were on a track and you'll still get almost 40mpg. I had one for a week, flogged its guts out, put around 375 miles on it and only had to put ten gallons of gas in it. --- All the engines you listed are alot heavier, and less efficient than the LS6 BTW --- No, they aren't. Let's take my favorite to beat the Detroit-zealots up with... TVR's now-legendary AJP8. It is a 4.5 liter V-8 that produces 420bhp on regular unleaded and 440bhp if you put the good stuff in the tank. The engine is more than 100lbs lighter than the LS6, smaller, gets better mileage and sounds meaner (flat-plane cranks will do that). To be fair, it is being phased out because with the 16-valve head, it is having problems meeting the stringent new European emissions requirements but the rumor is that they're working on a 32-valve head to get past this which will have the side benefit of allowing more power. Who knows, they may even try their hand at variable valve-timing and get more power still. Also, Porsche's turbocharged flat-sixes are more efficient that the LS6 because they are turbocharged. --- And that same 99 next door to me has 110,000miles on it without anything gone wrong or replaced(daily driver). I can go on about reliabilty, it far excedes european engines, ive seen so many LS1s and LT1s with over 150,000miles on them and absolutly nothing wrong. --- You're kidding, right? 150k is nothing for a European engine. A Mercedes V-8 will do 300k easy. Jaguar's 5.3 liter V-12 is good for 400k. I used to own a Delorean and its Renault engine is good for 250k if it is driven regularly and serviced properly. Even the tightly-strung 2.2 liter four-pot from the Lotus Esprit S4s (good for 305bhp stock, or 350bhp if you edit the fuelling map slightly) will hit six figures if it is cared for and driven regularly. You know, I just figured it out... I know why Corvette owners are always so quick to brag about fuel economy and reliability. The car appeals to people who don't know a lot about performance cars (or else they wouldn't buy a Corvette) and who don't make a lot of money compared to people who buy Porsches, BMWs, etc... A Corvette customer will have to dig deep into their pockets to afford even $40,000 for a car and don't have a lot left over for fuel or servicing. Ironically, this is probably better for the car in the long run. They drive it daily since many of them can't afford to run two cars and those who can typically have a beater and so they'll prefer to take the 'vette whenever they can. Driving a car daily is the best thing for them. That's why Ferrari and Lamborghini owners have such problems with their cars - something that sits in a garage 300 days out of the year isn't going to be very dependable.