I dont want people to think that all we build at MPS in destroked wonders (LOL). Every engine we build is custom tailored to that specific customers needs with their vehicle. We still build plenty of 2.5s, big bore 2.6s and big bore 2.34=2.5.
Driving both of them on a regular basis I must say I like the destroked engine. Its a whole lot smoother power and more controllable over the larger stroke 2.5. Some like torque down low and that large stroke engine. No problem with that. Plus the shorter stroke has better wear because of less sideloading. Thus maybe making it last longer in the long run.
Ill never put one in my Forester with a spec B 6sp though, that will stay 2.5.