Spoken like a person who's never had a big block Stang ( or any other big block car ) I've had both. Both have their merits. Biggest drawback to a big block Stang, isn't the driveability ( my 67 FB 427 Stang could take 40 mph curves at 80 ) the drawback is working on it when it breaks parts. I had Hooker headers on mine at one time. The reason I cut them off when I ran across a set of 428CJ manifolds was it took 3 hours just to bolt or unbolt the headers. Changing plugs and adjusting the valve lash was also great fun Now I have a small block in a Ranger ( 331 stroker), this thing is as fast as my old 427 Stang and a hell of a lot easier to work on. Easy as pie to get the power out of it when starting off with a roller block. Puts out around 400-450 hp, but also cost me $3500 to do it. ( actaully over $4000 if I include the cost of the six pack induction) Back in the early 80's it cost me $2000 to rebuild the 427.