I was called up by the rep at Honda today.
They wanted to "inquire"/confirm my choice, 1.5T, as booked, or 1.8, if I wanted to change!
I briefed her for 10-15 minutes on the POTHOLE that Honda has landed us in wrt choice between the two versions.
She listened carefully and sounded impressed by my reasoning, as I'm sure only a Pakwheeler can grab these bulls by the horns!
I asked her to convey our concerns all the way up to Honda Atlas, that why the hell - after waiting for years - would one want to drive an earlier platform engine as in the 1.8?
Moreover.....I briefed her that pricing of the 1.8 was wrongly fixed, as after getting Nav/Leather add ons (150K as per her), the price/gross total, after taxes and reg of the 1.8 would come to a level of being some 100-130K's lesser only than the Turbo!
Why would anyone then choose an old platform engine, after paying close to 3 Mils?
She agreed on all my points and also told me that the 91 Ron thingie is "recommended" only, and that normal super would be fine and with no Honda Warranty issues in case of troubles! (I'm not quite sure on this, however, but let's hope it is like that!)
Hence.....I stuck to 1.5T and chose Lunar Silver in the same go, as I had booked white earlier.
Finally......I was a bit perturbed about delivery time, as I had booked on June 8 and was promised 2 months. As per her, time for early bookings even has gone to 3 months!!!!!!!
I also asked out of curiosity as to how many people of those she had called today were making booking changes between the 2 versions launched?
She conceded status is literally unchanged....those who booked 1.8 are sticking to it.
So with the Turbo guys.....they're staying the course too.