Less rotating mass means that the engine can rev to the stratosphere
without spinning apart. Case in point, the Corvette has a 6,500 RPM redline while a Ferrari 488 GTB can rev all the way up to 8,000 RPM. Another advantage of the flat-plane crank is that it has less inertia, which is why Ferrari engines can change speeds with the agility of a cat while a cross-plane cranked muscle car responds to changes like a strong and lazy gorilla. It’s cool to see how such a seemingly small difference can have a large impact on a car’s character. In an era where muscle cars are evolving to be good all-round sports cars, the flat plane crank adds to this by bringing the drama
, noise, and response of an exotic to the sub-$50,000 price bracket.