They have peaky top-end horsepower, even the non-VTECs. Plus, they're so damn popular because they're cheap so everybody has one.
Civics are "cute" too. Sentras have a front facia only Mother Nissan could love. I think it's cute, but most would think it's ugly.
It's like a turbo without a wastegate man.. people buy Hondas, the aftermarket support goes up to catch up with demand, then people buy more Hondas because of the large support base, then support goes up even more, then people buy even more Hondas, until finally the market explodes.
I don't know if anyone gets the wastegate joke but I did.
Actually Civic DX's and LX's make 108HP at the crank but "supposedly" can beat a stock sentra. I believe it is all on the driver. Civic EX's and HX's (SOHC VTEC) make 127 HP at the crank. The Civic Si is rated at 160 HP at the crank. The Integra models non-vtec make 140 HP at the crank while the GS-R (DOHC VTEC)makes 170.
While the non GS-R integras dont have VTEC they do make excellent power in the high rpm areas which still makes them a threat.
GA16DE powered sentras make better power in the low and mid range, where most of the power is useable, as opposed to the D series honda engines only able to make power in the high rpms.
Of course what some people dont know is that the SR20 and especially the GA16 when compared to their Honda counterparts, respond better to modifications than Honda Motors.
Visit www.sentra.net it helps out a lot. I know its a lot of pages but print them out and read them over a few times. It really helps. Also read about honda engines as well as other engines, im not saying they are horrible engines but it doesnt hurt to learn about your competition (if you race).
I know there are probably some mistakes but if there are, please correct me.
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