I'm sure the OP can make his own mind up about what is important to him, you dont have to be his slightly hysterical censor
I'm not sure how much of the somewhat sanctimonious twaddle you have dispensed above you actually believe and that you never go above 70 etc etc
Having a powerful car and being interested in its performance doesn't equate to abusing the roads.
Many many folk are interested in a car more powerful than is strictly required, otherwise we would all be driving 1.4 diesels.
Some folks care because they like to do track days (like me) and its a functional thing, others because they like the safety margin for overtaking ..and some because they like just cars.
..they like the textures, smells, resonances, vibrations, control, exhaust note ..and, yes of course they like the performance, its just part of the package at a visceral level.
Taking a step back into reality here, I think the roads are just about able to support the snarling savagery that is a modest 2.0L t-spark driven by an owner that knows the correct gear to be in for the required acceleration, whatever the speed.
Geesh get a life.. we aren't even talking about a Koenigsegg here.
I'm sorry that providing some data easily available in the motoring press that was aimed for the consumption of the masses made you squeam.
If it makes you feel better look up the 30-70 overtaking figures for the two cars.
I'm afraid to quote it here in case I will be accused of telling people accelerate quickly when overtaking or something..
Meanwhile ..I'm just popping out for a midnight run tonight down some mighty boreens. Me against the Gardai. They wont take me alive. Maybe I'll finally do V-max tonight before the suspension falls off when I try to jump the humpback bridge!! Yehaaaaa!
Not at all. Actual car performance is extremely important, or rather 'in-gear acceleration' is extremely important, as this more than anything else plays an important part in 'everyday driving'. In this respect the 1.9 JTD/JTDm 16v is very good indeed at what it does. In this context the comment:
is irrelevant in terms of 'everyday driving', (unless of course you're talking about track days), or happen to use the excellent German motorway system
Or you have very good friends in the Garda