Has higher peak numbers sure. But what is the actual torque curve like? I haven't driven a tigershark engine, but I have driven a share of WGE engines. When you hit peak power, it's tolerable, but golly gosh they are GUTLESS in the low range. I'd be willing to bet, that the old 2.0 from the Neon would have felt faster to the average driver in the same cars in question than the WGE (once again, no comment on the slightly updated 2.0). That said the WGEs were more tech friendly and more emissions compliant. But still, I'd stand with others who say that over all, they were a step back. I always suspected that the reason people hated the CVTs so much wasn't solely the fault of the transmissions. But that the complete lack of low end power in the 4 cylinders it was tied to really hurt driveability.