Steph, where do you get the information from that it would be dangerous to have more than 200BHP in a front wheel drive car?
There are numerous front wheel drive vehicles' that come with more than 200BHP.
New Focus RS(WOW)
And they are just off the top of my head, they must be shed loads more.
No vehicle is dangerous. The conditions, type of road and more importantly the skill, competence and patience of the driver more perhaps so.
Or is it just that Jeremy Clarkson may have said something about it on top gear.
Silvershadow, my Eos is now putting out 289BHP, if I floor it then there is wheelspin and torque steer. You just have to moderate your driving style and adapt to the power. Once you have done that it is amazingly more tractable and more economical too.