Yes, a plated bore runs cooler and quieter, will use no oil, makes more power, lasts longer, is lighter.
The downside is you can not bore it out.
You can replate or buy new, but if cared for, you would have to bore an iron liner 2 or 3 times to get the same miles.
I like the not using a drop of oil part, abuse the bike and after 3000 miles the oil level is still good.
I have an xt200, and after one 60 mile ride, the oil was half gone.
Rings and bore were shot at about 5000 miles.
Mostly due to dirt and neglect, but not having to worry about oil (ever) is nice.