I remember in High School going to the Jeep dealer and getting a brochure and lusting after that yellow Jeep Wrangler Islander. This is right when they phased out the old dinosaur carbureted 4.2 six for the 4.0 straight six. That latter engine served Jeep well for years. The former put out a pathetic 112 hp. I just checked out a Ducati 821 Monster that puts out 113 hp from an 800cc twin and a US automaker could only get 112 hp out of 4.2 liters and six cylinders? The 80's through early 90's was a pathetic time for US Automaker. Couldn't get an OHC let alone a DOHC if your life depended on it.
The Pentastar may not be everyone's favorite but what a massive leap in performance it represents.