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160hp 2.4 dohc vtec
How does this car run compared to a V6?
160hp is equipped in the civic si 1.6.

please enlighten me
 

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First let me say I am a big 4 cyl fan so I am fairly biased. I think the power of the 2.4 is great. It is smooth and I have chirped the tires a few times by accident which I never thought would be possible. They balanced the torque with the over drive very nicely in my opinion.
 

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[quote:034fc26618="szacherau"]First let me say I am a big 4 cyl fan so I am fairly biased. I think the power of the 2.4 is great. It is smooth and I have chirped the tires a few times by accident which I never thought would be possible. They balanced the torque with the over drive very nicely in my opinion.[/quote:034fc26618]i love 4cyl also just because of the gas mileage but power wise? 160hp is not much.maybe it just me until i get to own one myself. I would know how will it perform
 

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I traded in my Toyota Tacoma which had a 2.7 to get the Element. The power of the Toyota felt very weak mostly due to the gearing which I think was more designed for towing. I think the power of the E is very good. Have you been able to test drive one alone? I was just OK with the E's power until I drove it without a dealer sitting next to me.
 

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The 2.4 liter is better than you would think it would be considering it only has 160 ponies. What I've found so far is the lower end torque is far superior to my previous 1.6 liter 130 horse VTEC engine. With my E, when I want to pass someone on the interstate all I have to do is gently press the loud pedal and I'm passed them. With the aforementioned engine, I had to downshift from 5 th to 4 th to pass anyone in a reasonable amount of time.
 

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[quote:693b8fa82e="szacherau"]I traded in my Toyota Tacoma which had a 2.7 to get the Element. The power of the Toyota felt very week mostly due to the gearing which I think was more designed for towing. I think the power of the E is very good. Have you been able to test drive one alone? I was just OK with the E's power until I drove it without a dealer sitting next to me.[/quote:693b8fa82e]no i had not test drive one yet. it should be pretty preppy with 2.4 DOHC vtec..I got to update the intake so i can hear the VTEC open.. :D
 

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tommy.roks: MY automatic EX 4wd has a nice, really nice amount of power... I have driven v6 & v8s and it really feels like it has the same amount of power if not more than some of those out there.. which is impressive.

I imagine with a fully packed load it might have more of a drag, but with every give there must be a take.. and this little critter has great mpg.. so you do lose the haulling massive loads.. it is fun, peppy, and a happy lil car!

Keep us posted on your test drive & adpotion! ENJOY!
 

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I am going from a Chevy S-10 4.3 Vortec to the "E". I hope to be able to make some comparisons on the performance of these engines. Without yet having the "E", I can make these comments tho:

The Vortec as it is tuned for the S-10 pulls hard in 1st gear but does not really get gain speed until it dropped into 2nd. I often pull away from the stoplight in 2nd - it also tends to stop the rear wheels from spinning in snow or the wet. Acceleration is good in all gears from 3rd to 5th. It is possible to accelerate nicely in 5th, especially as the revs get over 2500. at 140 kmh, the S-10 revs at a low 2500 to 2600 rpm.

The S-10 does about 500 km on 60 litres of gas, about 12 litres per 100 kilometres on average, combined highway and city driving. I'm too lazy to convert that to mpg, sorry. (Note also that our Canadian gallon is the Imperial gallon, so my conversion would be off anyways.) I know that "E" does better than this.

I know that the "E" will rev much higher. I expect that it will pull away neatly from the stoplight. Motorweek rated the 2WD 5-speed at a nice 8.4 seconds in the 0-60 run. Once up and running at highway speeds, I imagine a drop into 4th will be required for passing. Probably every one will be slowing down tho to see just what is passing them! Hee-hee :lol:

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Iskie: yeah you will not even have to worry about accelerating except to escape all those admiring your Element!

With the automatic the acceleration and passing is extremely smooth.. no hesitation or struggle in the least, you will be amazed that this is a 4 cyl!
 

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Hey isketerol... Go Ice Dogs...

What I really wanted to say is that there will be quite a difference between the 4 banger and your Vortec V6. I have a GMC with the V6 and a Suzuki Sidekick with a 120hp I4. The difference in acceleration is night and day. I have to put my foot through the floor to pass in the 'Zuki. And the RPM's shoot through the roof too. The V6 accelerates like it isn't even working hard. That kind of acceleration in a front drive Element would probably rip the steering wheel out of your hand due to excessive torque steer!
 
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