Originally Posted by codprawn
The point I was trying to make is that you could buy a big V8 outboard back in the 70s - and it's taken until 2008 for them to reappear!!!
Engines haven't improved that much anyway. They had 4 valves per cylinder - twin sparks -variable valve timing etc etc back in the 20s. The Rolls Royce Merlin is still an amazing engine and is still used in racing even now.
Efficency has improved due to modern electronics etc but that's about it. And I suspect at WOT there won't be that much difference between any 350hp outboard!!!
Cod, that is a somewhat simplistic take on it, I tend to agree the basic concept has not changed all that much BUT...
Reliability has come a long way since the 70's with cars, boats and motorcycles especially, consider what destroyed the British motorcycle industry, the japanese bikes were much more reliable and less maintenance intensive. Increased horsepower, reliability, lower emissions are some benefits of modern engine technology.
Incidentally... I have always been a fan of British bikes, have a Triumph in the garage right now as a matter of fact, the old Norton, Triumph and Beezers,now they had style! The Commando, the Bonneville... those were some pretty bikes.. Nothing quite like firing up a British twin! Whoops! getting out on a tangent here, what was this thread about?