"Let's see, yup, 173 horsepower at the wheels is about what we'd expect based on driveline loss... its fuel cut is exactly where the tach touches red at 7400 rpm"
No mention of anything being over-rated. People fixate too much on horsepower as a metric for measuring cars.
"First, let me be absolutely clear on this -- on no planet is a front wheel-drive hatchback an equal substitute for a proper rear wheel-drive sports car. All we're comparing here is two cars of equal rated power, cylinder count and displacement that are offered at the same price point"
Anyone who actually drives their cars will agree with the first sentence. This is me being opinionated kinda, but physics does not lie. Hell, it might even over come the most deluded of automotive fanbois...the VW owner. Ha.
From the comments:
1. The GTI is a fat tub-o-lard compared to the FRS
2. A turbo FRS would have about 275 HP at the flywheel (Good luck keeping up, buttercup!)
3. No torque steer in FRS' future
4. No RWD handling balance in the VW's future.
Moral of the story: The FRS has infinite potential, while the VW has infinite limitations. Choose wisely"
Pretty much sums it up.