Sound­track to our lives

Autocar - - YOUR VIEWS -

Although I am look­ing for­ward to the silent re­fine­ment of elec­tric cars, I share An­drew Frankel’s con­cern that the mel­liflu­ous bur­ble of the cross-plane V8 engine is in dan­ger of be­com­ing a sound of the past (‘The late eight show’, 24 Oc­to­ber).

His list of the five best V8s omit­ted two that had great sound­tracks but whose ca­reers were less than il­lus­tri­ous, one be­ing an ut­ter dis­as­ter.

One was the Tri­umph Stag’s. It typ­i­fied all that was wrong with Bri­tish Ley­land: a promis­ing de­sign wrecked by poor qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and assem­bly. But be­fore its in­evitable break­down, it had one of the best V8 ex­haust notes ever.

The other was the small but per­fectly formed 2.5-litre Daim­ler V8. Ap­pear­ing only in the Dart sports car and a Daim­ler-badged ver­sion of the Jaguar Mk2, it also sounded the busi­ness but was then dis­con­tin­ued. I sup­pose with its greater num­ber of cylin­ders but smaller ca­pac­ity, it sat un­easily along­side Jaguar’s larger in­line sixes. Mike Ba­con Towces­ter, Northamp­ton­shire

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