Is there any particular reason to stroke an engine that's just barely undersquare and already hits peak torque at 2500 RPM? If it's going to be NA with ITBs, would it make sense to just kick up the compression ratio and extend the rev range?

So, I'm wondering...

The reason I ask, is that the 4.2 Rover V8 has the same bore as the 4.6 and others with even higher displacement - stroking is a snap. However, with already ridiculous low-end bent to the torque curve and the fact it (unlike the 4.6) has a crank meant for a diesel, would it not make more sense to #becauseracecar the engine for higher revs? There are arguments to be made for higher displacement, I agree, but I'm not sure it's the best way to wring out more power...