I know you can make plenty of horsepower with a small block. I have done it several times. Bolt on some AFR heads, add a Voodoo cam and yes, you will have more horsepower then a stock big block. But… you can do those same mods to a big block like a 454 and have even more power. The small blocks just don’t have the same low end power or sound.
I want a big block, so its getting a big block.