Originally posted by bobbyv
the typical American 90-degree V8 can be brought into perfect balance via the use of counterbalance weights.
A Ferrari V8 however is different. Although it is also a 90-degree V8, it has a flat crankshaft (i.e. the throws are all on one plane). Although not perfectly balanced, it has an even firing order (i.e. the engine pulses are regularly spaced), which gives it better high-rpm breathing and that distinctive shriek that cannot be mistaken for the typical American V8.
I was fascinated when I heard this. I had always wondered why Ferrari manage to sound so different to the American V8. Makes me wonder, which type of V8 is the SL 500 V8? the American style or like the Ferrari?