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    Japan's 280hp limit broken by Honda Legend

    Acording to Autozine:

    Japan's 280hp limit broken by Honda Legend

    The Japanese version of Acura RL, Honda Legend, has been launched in the domestic market. Like its American version, Legend뭩 3.5-litre VTEC V6 is rated at 300 horsepower. This breaks the long-standing voluntary limit of 280 horsepower.

    The voluntary power limit was first introduced by the 1989 Nissan 300ZX Turbo as a response to the government뭩 fear that the growing horsepower could lead to increased accidents. All Japanese manufacturers joined this agreement voluntarily. However, it was always criticized as impractical, because imported cars were not subjected to the agreement. Moreover, despite claiming their cars topping no more than 280hp, many Japanese car makers actually broke this limit in some of their cars, e.g. Nissan Skyline GT-R, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and Subaru Impreza of various kinds.

    Earlier this year, the automobile manufacturer association told the government its intention to terminate this agreement. I just didn뭪 expect the first car to break it is Honda Legend. Now devoid of any voluntary limits, expect we will see a new wave of horsepower war in Japan.

    So the HP hunting season is open for Japanese sportcars... this should be interesting

    While Audi, according to Autozine:
    In contrast to Japanese car makers, Audi is calling an end to the horsepower war in Europe. After seeing the 507 hp BMW M5 and the various 500 hp-plus Mercedes, Audi said it won뭪 compete in the horsepower race anymore. It declared the even growing horsepower will lead to heavier cars and harm their dynamics. Why didn뭪 they say that in the launch of RS6 ?

    No kidding, not only are the Audi's already the heavier of the bunch (vs Merc and BMW competitors) but what about the upcoming 4.2L RS4's and "Gallardo V10" RS6's HP numbers?

    Re: Japan's 280hp limit broken by Honda Legend

    this is going to get ugly.

    especially with ultra reliable high power japanese cars

    Re: Japan's 280hp limit broken by Honda Legend

    carlos fromspain said:
    ...No kidding, not only are the Audi's already the heavier of the bunch (vs Merc and BMW competitors) but what about the upcoming 4.2L RS4's and "Gallardo V10" RS6's HP numbers?

    At least they've got AWD to improve traction and increase teh weight...



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