I'd prefer to keep the rotary engine. The LS7 can stay in the Z06, in my opinion. I think the main motivation for swapping to the V8 is torque - it's immediate and plentiful in the small-block.
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12/15/07 at 10:29am
I'd take an FD RX-7 with an LS1 swap any day. That would be a BADASS car right there. I doubt I'd keep the rotary in it...sure, they can make OK power, but at the end of the day a V8 with mild performance upgrades will take a beating for 200,000+ miles.
As for 400 hp being streetable...of course it is. Will you get good mileage? Depends...you can certainly pull it off with a GM LS family engine, and I imagine the Ford 4.6 could pull decent numbers. Remember that gearing plays a good roll as well. I could build a 1000 hp engine and get 50 mpg with it with the right gearing...doesn't mean it's going to be very fast, though.
My dad has a 1968 Camaro with a 502 BBC in it. 450hp/550ft.lb, so it goes. It's certainly very streetable. No traction issues with it, and the you can give it a good amount of gas without it really letting loose. I'd say once you get into the 600+hp range you're going to start seeing issues with traction, reliability and throttle response.
I personally cant decide what to get for college. A 2nd gen RX7, an mk3 supra, or a sportbike. It drives me insane. I have always loved motorcycles and have been riding all of my life. But I mean, a car is a car. The main thing that Im hesitant about buying a car is insurance costs.