Originally Posted by reekostang
point is moot....get a civic si for 20 grand or so, and beat the Mustang V6. Point is, 210 hp from a 4 liter V6 is on the low side, only 1 or 2 engines available have less horsepower. Alright sixers....show me which V6's have less horsepower....on your mark, get set, go!
I think the point is that the S197 V6 is a "bullet proof" motor with lots of low-end torque that is differentiated from the GT by less displacement then any previous years' designs, but with modest constraints in power oriented engineering designed to maintain a low sticker price and leave it in the perfect position to be modified by the already thriving aftermarket enthusiast crowd.
So at stock it's designed to be a modest performer, so as not to intrude on the market for the GT, no?
I'm willing to bet the Civic SI motor is for the most part maxed out already at stock. The vehicle weighs a fraction of the Mustang, so comparing them is like comparing a V6 to a motorcycle with 2 cylinders and a seat, that can beat the Stang. When you buy the Mustang you are buying the steel as well as the performance. It's light enough to be fast and heavy enough to kick ass.
Instead of showing you a 6 cyl engine with LESS power, it would be a fair contest to compare maximum output achieved vs. cost per vehicle in the same weight class.
Would you really drive an SI?