While the QC bashing here continues and hopefully comes to the notice of Honda Atlas for correction in delivery cars, I personally went to finalize payment for my pre-booked, after a call from their rep.
Prebooked of June 8 was Turbo. And 2 days before launch, they convinced me into 1.8 over the phone. And then today....I still stuck firm with the Turbo and presented the DD of remaining amount. 1.5T....it's going to be, Inshallah.
1) Lunar silver is really not that "lunar" as supposed, and as per pictures here.
In reality......it's pretty dull. Car looses the sporty looks. So.....decided White.
2) IMHO.......The "on-road" price difference between fully loaded Oriel and Turbo 1.5 is hardly 285.000-300.000 for non-filers.
I deem a long wait for this gen....and the dishing out of +2.5 Mils already.....DOES justify the selection of Turbo....if the budget allows.
3) I asked if test-drive was possible....and guess what I was frankly told? " Sir Jee, if we allowed test driving, people would test the Turbo more than the Oriel......and after tasting it's drive.....well......they probably wouldn't be comfortable with the 1.8"!!!!
Whatever......I'm of the opinion that a model change after 8-10 years ( Yes, forget the transient 9 gen), a car needs to be changed beyond the looks only.
I feel and hope....Earth Dreams is here to stay.....and posing a torque factor of 230 vs 175 of Oriel, and 174 Hp's vs 140 of Oriel.......it's gonna stay with customer satisfaction.
4 in the cockpit....trunk full..... and uphills....The turbo is gonna be more pleasing to your foot pressure, IMHO.
It's not at all about "racing". The added 'musclemania" can be a utility indeed.