Most tastefully modded cars do not have Nitrous in them. A turbo or a supercharger perhaps, but only rarely do they have nos that I've found.
True, I neglected to mention the superchargers and turbochargers, as many of the punk ass kids in my area don't do this. They usually get nos and a few otehr aftermarket things, stuff they can get with the money they make at Sbarros or some other mall job. A supercharger is usually out of their range and skill level to install. I'm not saying this is always true, just some times. Also, the key word there is "tastefully" which means usually done by professionals. Mostly, here in the Detroit suburbs, its done by kids with a few semesters of auto shop, or by one of their friends who happens to have a tuner.
Do you not consider the engine to be producing the power if the exhaust, intake, headers, etc. are modified?
What I meant was that the BASE engine is not producing the power. You have to put thousands of dollars of aftermarket parts on to make it get that horsepower.
I suppose you could buy a muscle car for $10k if you want to have it break down on you, have horrible hardware integrity and a deliciously wasteful engine.
I, for one, like the sound of a roaring, throaty engine to that of a wizzing blender sound. Also, with good preventable maintainance, you shouldn't have too many break downs or problems, and if you do, its usually a part and not some computer chip causing the problems. Obviously you're not a muscle car fan, and I'm not trying to change your mind (too much
), but they have a culture around them too, one that has gone on for 50 years now or so. I'd like to say more, but I have to go to class now.