The article has to do with Japanese horsepower ratings being significantly lower for '06 in some cases. The comparison between a 235 hp Sonata and a 190 hp Camry is good for a chuckle. Meanwhile, Detroit's ratings seem to have held steady, or increased.
The changes are already having an impact among die-hards who prowl Internet chat rooms like AutoWeek's Combustion Chamber, Edmunds Town Hall and GM Insidenews. In a recent posting on AutoWeek's site under the heading, "Acura hurt by new SAE hp standard -- numbers were inflated," one chatter said: "Bottom line is if you sell me a car with the promise of say 300 hp, I want my 300 hp!"