Originally Posted by LordRipberger
And what reputation is that?
Well, speaking about the cars themselves, the imports fans pride their cars in the newest technology and extreme lightness their 4-banger (and a few sixxer) vehicles while actually having the potential to keep up with V8 American muscle cars.
We muscle car and pony car fans pride ourselves in bigger V8 lower end instantaneous torque despite lower tech and the heavier curb weights compared to the JDMs.
It's a car cultural pride issue with each side filled with their own stupid beliefs and ignorant dogmas about ours and their respective cars.
One of these idiotic dogmas is the cosmetics: We American muscle car and pony car fans call JDM cosmetics "rice" because of the faux parts that are bolton onto cars that do not function or even hurt performance such as massive spoilers, JDM flame decals, etc.
We American muscle and pony car fans also have our own non-functional "rice" such as faux scoops and ducts. A hypocritical thing we do which I find amusing and humorous.
However, American muscle and ponies are no longer holding onto the traditional "old dinosaur" tech as we embrace newer techs into our ponies.
All of the Big Three ponies now have cam phasing, with the introduction of the S550, all Big Three ponies now have IRS. Our Mustangs have already went OHC in the 90s and since 2011, all Mustang V6s and GTs are now DOHC with independent cam phasing (TiVCT). Chevy has direct injection in their base 3.6L V6 Camaro trims and will get the new direct injected V8 AFM 6.2L LT1 either in 2015 or in the 2016 6th Gen.
Additionally, the S550 is lighter than the outgoing S197, and the new Zeta 6th Gen Camaro will also shed a few hundred lbf at its initial release.
To further blur the lines between JDM and American ponies, the S550 is already going to be optioned with the 4-banger Ecoboost. I don't know if Chevy will similarly offer the Zeta 6th Gen with a 4-banger option, but to compete in Europe and Asia, I would not put it past GM to offer a 4-banger to meet their displacement taxes, emissions, and fuel economy laws and regs.
With meeting EU and future Japanese pedestrian safety laws and regs, the S550 front end styling has already been sacrificed to meet those pedestrian legs/hips-to-bumper and head-to-hood impact safety requirements. Once Japan ratifies similar pedestrian impact laws and regs, their cars will too look like Aston Martins and our Fusions/Mondeos and S550 Mustangs.
The only thing we and JDM fans will be able to bicker about is which car is American and which car is JDM.