Its interesting that you decided to quote the phrase "There is no replacement for displacement". I reckoned that phrase was probably coined 20 year ago?
Notice that current formula 1 car are running on 2.4 liter instead of 3.0 liter a couple of years ago. Notice also that the track times for the 2.4 liter cars are no slower then the 3.0 liter cars. Interesting isn't it?
I love facts, here are some for you.
VW Golf 1.4 TSI
BHP - 160
Torque - 240 Nm from 1500 rpm - 4500 rpm
Kerb Weight - 1361
Toyota Altis 2.0
BHP - 147
Torque - 187 @ 3600 rpm
Kerb Weight - 1315
Both facts figures were obtain from their respective manufacture's website (local version)
Guess which of the two listed above have won world car of the year and world engine of the year?
Oh... don't even get started on "That's why gov tax higher cc cars. Makes sense right?"
Since when does govt... any govt. tax make sense??? Does the proposed GST make sense?
Sales and excise tax for cars to protect local car manufacture make sense?
Your beloved Altis cost 30% less in Thailand , does that make sense?
Here is my parting phrase, since you seem to like phrases.
It is better to remain silent and thought to be a fool, then speak and leave no doubt.
Telling them what is hp/nm and at what rpm - he will not know all these specs or know what we are talking about.
Maybe what he know is, why a 1.4 TSi so expensive, and still so many plp buy? and ..... etc....
Dont wasting time to educate him, he buy T brand cos everybody buy them, second hand value, cheaper parts maintenance, but times have changes!!! Check out a 2005 Golf 2.0GTi Mk5, it is still selling at RM150K+, check the T brand car? s yourself and see if they have that good 2nd value, like 15-20yrs ago?