by Eric Peters
Eric Peters Autos
First they came for the V8s.
They were common, once. Most cars – ordinary family cars – usually had one under the hood. High school kids drove V8-powered used cars. Anyone Gen X or older will remember.
And then they were gone.
Well, not entirely.
V8s are still around – but they’re no longer common. They are found under the hoods of expensive luxury cars, mostly.
GM’s Chevrolet division – which once included or at least offered a V8 in almost every car it sold – today offers one in just three models, all of them specialty high-performance cars and only one of them (the Chevy SS sedan) having four doors and the ability to carry more than two people.