Re: New 159 1.8 with 200 bhp to be launched soon.
I think it was VW-Audi who are pioneering small capacity/high output engines on the basis that fuel efficiency is improved.
We just have to get rid of any misconceptions we have that 1.8 litres is "not enough" in a large car because the outputs of the engines are far removed from the engines of the past.
Incidentally, Audi for years offered the A6 with a 150 bhp 1.8 Turbo petrol motor......and it is now available with a 2 litre 170 bhp TFSi petrol. Incidentally the kerb weight of the 1.8T was quoted as 1579 kg (1430kg for the MY2008 159 1.8)