I drove both and the 2.7 felt pretty powerful. The 2.3 felt snappy when the boost kicks it. The computer limits boots untill you hit 2nd or 3rd gear. Sport mode kinda helps. I guess ford didn't want use burning the tires.
I really don't care about speed. My tacoma is kinda slow but it don't bother me I don't race it. And I always yield when I get on the interstate like you are supposed to instead of flooring it and cutting people off.