Lol, that wasn't the intent. I see some charm in Volvo; as I've mentioned earlier, for their sheet-metal... but not for their engines.
My counter-argument to that is "Let's do something stupid, because no one's done it before! Time for a V7 engine."
I don't want to drag this thread into a deep discussion... but I have to at least explain myself. The inline-5 has always perplexed me because it has all three orders of disbalance. To my eyes... that's a flawed concept. I understand why Audi made the first inline-5; they needed a 2.14L engine that could spin upwards of 8,000rpm, and still fit in their car... because Rally reasons. It made sense at the time, and I have nothing against that particular engine. I can also see the cost-savings of the GM Atlas by making it modular; like most large stationary or nautical engines are built. I can not fathom any reason other reasons for using an inline-5... so Volvo and Mercedes has me scratching my head here... though I have to credit Mercedes' I-5 diesels... they're very well built engines.
Inline-4s only have a secondary imbalance. Inline-5s have all three orders of disbalance in exchange for a single overlapping power pulse. So I kind of see I-5s as adding more complexity and cost for effectively no benefit. I don't consider balance-shafts as a solution because the same can be applied to the inline-4, and balance-shafts in general lower the maximum engine speed because they have to endure spinning at twice the speed of the crank.
Annnnd as I'm typing I see this;
Sigh I thought you didn't mind a friendly discussion. Sorry.
Also, I have never once mentioned that the KA is the superior engine. It isn't. They're good, very reliable and over-built engines with a flat power-band... but not "legendary". NVH wasn't considered into the design either.
lol at "too much prestige". No such thing. Too much cost... certainly.
CONCEPTS. As the thread title says! I'm on topic...ish.
The Fenomenon Stratos. A Lancia Stratos concept not done by Lancia. I don't know how that even works... but I want it.