I'm a guy who likes power. A lot... so when cars get more horses under the hood, I like that
But has anyone noticed a staggering increase in horsepower numbers over the past, 7 years or so?
A Corvette in 1991 had 245hp. 2005 has 400.
A top-line GM midsize car had 215hp in the early/mid '90's. Now they have 303.
A Corolla had 92hp in the early 1990's. Now they have 130, and 180 on the "sport" model
In the early 1990's, a Mustang had 90 horses. Now they have 300 (and what, 220 on the base?)
A Chevy diesel pickup had 130hp in 1990 - now the same model has 330hp.
I remember cheap cars in Canada had 1.3 or 1.5 litre engines, with the occasional 1.6 litre in Mazda 323's and "sport" Honda Civics. Now the 323 replacement has a 2.0 or 2.3 litre motor, Honda runs 1.7's, Nissan puts 1.8's and even 2.5 litre motors in the Sentra, GM puts 2.2's in their small cars. Toyota still puts a 1.5 in the Echo and GM uses a 1.6 in their Daewoo-base cars. The 1.0/1.3 litre Suzuki-based Geos are not even around anymore.
A "Japanese" import midsize in the mid 1990's was generally a 110-hp 2.0 litre 4cyl and a 160hp 2.5 litre V6 - now we have 160hp 2.3 4's and 230hp 3.3 litre V6's.
Bigger, heavier, more power. So in a few years, will your Chevy Malibu be coming to you with a 620hp 572 big block?