An echo to Sloop's comment above; today's high performance vehicles don't have timing "systems" they have timing "computers". It's a good thing in overall performance, and something such as octane levels in fuel makes a big difference.
As to the age old, "Atomic 4" issue, I've got a diesel now, and quite frankly, while I've had no issues "yet", I'd much prefer to be working on a gasoline motor, as opposed to this one simply because I'm more familiar with them. And having operated or been exposed to gas powered boats or 40 years, it's all about being "smart" when it comes to any of the systems. You can drown, electrocute yourself, impale yourself, explode, catch some form of plague, etc. etc. etc. Not to lessen the need for operating a blower, but it's wisdom that saves more lives than fuel type.