His example of a 250 GTO with 295hp is missing the point. Because in its day, it was very powerful and fast compared to other cars on the road. After all, who needed more than a small engine found in say a Citroen DS21 or DS23?
Or even the tiny engines in a Citroen 2CV or a Fiat Nuova-500 (as its badge on the back said).
It's the same thing these days, just that the normal cars have much more power, and the fast cars have even more power still.
So a 5 door sedan, let's say a 3.6L
direct-injection V6 Holden Commodore has some 286hp - not far off that of a Ferrari 250 GTO. But a fast car, let's say the W427 version of the Commodore has at least 500hp by the manufacturers claims, and often produces much more than that. And then we have the really quick sedans from others having more than 600hp, and the serious sports cars pushing between 700 and 1000hp even.
It's the natural evolution, that's just the way it is.
But we also have this extra power with better fuel economy too. We have powerful engined cars now delivering excellent fuel economy for their power and performance. Look at modern Ferrari V8
cars for instance, or maybe even an earlier example being the McLaren F1 and its GTR
racing version, or the BMW V12 LMR prototype racers. They were not only powerful, but they had good fuel economy too - it's how they managed to win many races. Spend more time on the track, less time in the pits.
It's always been the way in endurance racing. And in road-cars, we'll continue to see the innovative manufacturers try to find ways to improve fuel efficiency without penalty on performance and driving enjoyment.
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It seems as though only VW, Fiat, Citroen, and Renault are in any way competitive when it comes to fuel efficiency
What about economical BMW cars like 320d, or even others like Mini diesel? Or maybe even powerful cars like the new diesel Jaguar XF
/100km fuel economy with plenty of power and torque too.
I wouldn't have expected the French cars to be the greatest example of efficiency. None of them on sale in this country from Renault, Peugeot or Citroen are particularly fantastic examples of efficiency. They are often out-done by the likes of VW
on economy and performance at the same time.