Originally Posted by Achmedisdead
How high did the side-oiler 427 Cobras rev?
The stock 427 FE redlined at 5600rpms, the 4V versions would sing up to 6k. The GM LS7 (a SB 427ci), which was in the C6 Z06, is designed to redline at 7k, but you seldom see people banging them off the rev limiter like that. I'm betting you couldn't do that run too many times without being in a world of hurt, but I could be wrong.
As far as me "cheaping" out, I'm really not seeing much of a correlation between expense and driving enjoyment, at least not beyond a point. A 700+ HP supercar is a lot of fun, but taking one to its limits is difficult on a track, and impossible on a road. By the time you get them near their capabilities you're going at speeds that would turn you into roadkill. The Mini Cooper I posted above is a ball, and having a couple like it, I can say they're more fun and exciting than they have any right to be. Get some sticky tires, bigger disc brakes on the front, and just go nuts. Not the new Mini, however, they're crap in comparison.