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Old 19 Dec 2009, 08:16 pm
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Default Horsepower vs Engine size?

Im looking for a new car. Right now I have a 3.5L v6 honda accord with 200hp. I really don't want to settle for less. But when comparing cars on the market right now, and affordablity, Im pressured to choose one and sacraficing the other(horsepower or engine) So if I like cars with great speed what should I go after. For instance: Volkswagons have 2.0L engine/200hp. But honda has 2.4L engine/ please.
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Old 19 Dec 2009, 08:46 pm
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cars will differ greatly in the numbers. my suggestion would be to find a reliable and affordable car and put a couple bucks in it down the road. beef up the hp yourself. you will get a greater satisfaction with your car. never buy a car that has already had work done to it. you will definitely regret it. also look into how easy it is to do work on cars like that. all cars have a hp to weight ratio. the heavier the car the more power you need to make it quick.i have a 2002 3.8 v6 firebird with some small mods and will smoke a stock mustang v8 off the line they'll smoke me in the top end but i rarely ever get to go that far anyway. good luck and do your research.
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Old 19 Dec 2009, 09:01 pm
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Get a Honda Civic and put a B18C5(195 hp stock) in it. Then add headers, twin-turbo, and the usual major hp items. This will get you between 350-450 hp like me.
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Presuming you got the displacement correct, then your car has about 270 hp. If you have the older 3 liter, it could be either about 240 or 200 hp.

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Old 19 Dec 2009, 10:01 pm
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Engine size alone has nothing to do with horsepower, some very large engine have little power and vice-versa. Horsepower is a very complicated formula; speed, size, compration ratio, etc.

Volkswagen's 2.0Ts are good engines and they respond very well to modifications. Look up APR if you buy one and are looking to improve it. My girlfriend owns a 2008 A4 2.0T with a Stage 1 kit and exhaust system, changed the car completely.

lol @ the kid with headers and a twin turbo set up on a B18C5.
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Old 19 Dec 2009, 10:16 pm
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speed has more to do with than just pure power. I would strongly recommend a 1998ish honda VTEC engine. The B-series put out more BHP:litre than any other N/A engines. The Honda integra type-r DC2 is fantastic, has the 195bhp 1.8L B18C motor, DOHC VTEC, and the car has factory weight reduction and LSD tranny, a seam welded chassis and is thought of (by honda enthusiasts and independent reviews) as one of the best handling FWD chassis ever. it does 0-60 in 6.5 secs, that's faster then a golf gti turbo, and a nissan 200sx 2.0L turbo....and a 2.5L v6 calibra

A DC2 will set you back around 4500-5500, so if that's out of budget, then you can go for a civic VTI, 1.6 DOHC VTEC, 160bhp, or the accord type-r, 2.0L, 220bhp.

each engine has different HP, its more to do with the tuning and company as to what HP it puts out rather than size, honda VTEC engines are bulletproof and great fun, not to mention tuneable and sound great, some B18C's have been tuned to over 600bhp....forget ''no replacement for displacement'', and get into power:weight ratio!

ps. import tuner, a bit of friendly advice, its not as simple as twin turbo and headers, fistly you need a six cylinder (or more) ie, one turbo per head, to run twin turbo properly, and with stock internals even a B18 could only run 5-6psi, twin turbo is pointless, get single, less turbo lag and makes sense
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