SRT6 was awesome-terrible.
Awesome to romp on, terrible to maintain. It wasn't really a Chrysler anyway since 98% of the parts, assembly, and engineering came from Mercedes-Benz, AMG, and Karmann in Germany.
Chrysler's contribution was the topless roadster design, wheel design, coupe design, and Infinity sound system, and boy what a sound system!
I intend to get a naturally aspirated roadster with a manual at some point. Most of the fun without the ugly roofline or the troublesome AMG powertrain.
Yeah, in red or aero blue with white leather seats.
I hated the black interior in the SRT6. It was like sitting in a trash can lined with alcantara.
My family once owned a car that didn't have a V8, but a V6. It lasted a good few months, before we took it back to the dealership and replaced it with something big-block powered. The other sixteen from my lifetime all had V8's, as did all of the ones I have ever heard mention of from before I was born with the obvious exception of my Grandfather, who had some straighteights.
Outside of the VQ, I can't think of a single V6 that I consider truly revolutionary or legendary. The BMW and Mercedes *inline* sixes however, are another story entirely.
I prefer it to the VQ.
The only V6 that I really like
Now Mercedes and Renault / Nissan has signed an agreement to trade tech. Could we be seeing some future Z and G cars with AMG engines as well ?
...is an Inline 6.
Working at a Nissan dealer for the last ten months, I've gotten a fair taste of all their newer models.
The 3.5 V6 (VQ35DE?) is amazing. Probably the best V-6 on the market nowadays. Extremely powerful (290hp in the new Maximas), very very smooth and sonorous, and it spins up the tachometer faster than anything else in it's price range. The clinching factor about these cars is how good they are on gas and how reliable they are. The motor has been in production, in one form or another since the early '90s, so they've gotten all the bugs worked out by now. The 3.7L version of that motor, used in the 370Z and G37 isn't as smooth near redline, and in the manual equipped versions, you can feel the shifter start to shake badly as you approach redline. But, on the other hand, they're pushing out 330hp.
Other than the excellent 3.5L V6, I'm not that impressed with Nissan's offerings anymore. Their vehicles don't stand out in terms of outstanding styling, I detest CVT transmissions as a whole and nothing from their current lineup really grabs me and says BUY ME!! The 370Z & GT-R are my two favorite models in their lineup, but even those aren't THAT appealing to me. The Z looked better in the 350 version, and the GT-R is a very impressive machine, but it just doesn't "wow' me. I respect it like crazy, but the design fails to really make my head turn. We have one on our showfloor, and when I first saw it the other night, it looked like someone put a body kit on an '01ish Eclipse from the angle I saw it.
The Titan and Armada were really ahead of the curve in terms of full size trucks when it came out in 2004, but since then, all of it's competitors have really stepped up their game and passed it by. It's long overdue for a redesign.
But, compared to the other full line Japanese manufacturers, Nissan is still one of my favorites. Toyota builds even blander, uglier crap and they've had this "holier than thou" stigma in the market place for years that I find to be very off-putting. Even after such extensive use of the CVT transmissions, Nissans seem to try to build cars for people who enjoy driving. Toyotas IMO are for people who view driving as a task and just a way to get from point a to point b. I used to really like Honda as well, but their current design language is bloated and corpulent. The Accord used to always be such a handsome little car, up until the current body style, then it got fat and ugly. I also don't like the fact that Honda never designed a full size car nor a V8 engine.
I'd have to say overall, right now, Mazda is my favorite Japanese OEM. Their designs are the "freshest" from the land of the rising sun, they don't use CVT's, and their cars generally across the line are more fun to drive than their competitors.