Originally Posted by swansong
A part of me dies every time I see a V8 swapped RX7. The whole point of the RX line is that it has a rotary. Sure, rotaries are goofy and temperamental engines with the thirst of a v8 and the torque of an inline 4, but they lend a certain character, soul, and identity to the RX's. Stripping that out for a small block ruins the point of the car, and I see it as a bit of a cop out...
Yes, my thoughts exactly. It wasn't a perfect engine at all, but it was the 'soul' of the car, and it was what made the car unique. To some extent, I feel the same way about V8-swapped Z-cars from the 1970s. The whole point was the inline 6, the car was Datsun's version of an early Jaguar E-type. It was a sports car, not a muscle car.