Gotta love that good ol' easy V8 Power. I've got a 5.7L V8 in my Chevy Astro Van (A vehicle never offered with stock V8 power, only made in I4 and V6 Configurations). I remember pulling upto this Ricer of somekind at a light. I think under the 1000 pound of addons it was a prelude. It was pretty quick. But I'll never forget the look on his face when he caught up to me at the next set of lights. I mean, my Van is quite stock under the hood for a V8 engine. We think somewheres around 280HP and my van weighs like 4000 Pounds. But it just had so much get up and go than the (Im assuming) V6 he had. All hail the V8 Power.
And everyone remembers the racing formula. Tourque gets you to horsepower. Horsepower gets you to speed. Speed gets you to victory. And V8's have more lower end Tourque than any I4 or V6.
As for NFS: Underground. The sooner it gets in my mailbox, the sooner I can play it.