<!-- QUOTE --><center><hr width="90%"></center><blockquote><i>Quote from TomW</i> <b>All this will be pretty obvious to most, but not all apparently. To make more horse power, you basically have to burn more fuel. There are 3 routes to doing this: 1: Increase the capacity of your engine. The bigger the cylinders, the more fuel burnt each cycle. US V8s use this. Advantages: Power is available right across the rev range. Disadvantages: High fuel consumption right across the rev range, the engine itself is physically large and probably heavy. 2: Compress the air and fuel in the engine. Forced induction such as turbocharging and supercharging compress more fuel into the cylinder, so more is burnt each cycle. Advantages: Power is available from quite low in the rev range. The engine can be small. Disadvantages: Throttle response can be slow. Fuel economy is generally bad. 3: Have shorter cycles. Basically, increasing the RPM means that more fuel is burnt. This is the principle behind variable valve techniques - they allow the engine to maintain efficiency at higher rpm while still being drivable at low rpm. Advantages: Fuel economy at low rpm is good. The engine can be small and light. Disadvantages: At low rpm the power output is poor. The three types all sound different, and people have different sound preferences. One approach to power has been to combine 1 and 3, as seen in Ferrari engines. They are getting 400bhp from a 3.6 L NA V8. That peak power doesn't come in until a screaming 8500rpm. Does that make the Ferrari 360 a poor car? I don't think so. Peak torque is only 275lb/ft, which is terrible compared to american muscle cars with similar power. But the performance is excellent, and the car incredibly exciting to drive, partly because of the metallic Ferrari wail at 8000rpm. So Honda's VTEC technology is good if you want to combine good economy with good performance. I also quite like the narrow power band because it is combined with an excellent 6 speed gearbox. It is rewarding keeping the engine screaming in the VTEC zone with rapid shifting, etc. The only annoyance is that "lazy" overtaking isn't possible. If I want to overtake, I really have to drop a cog or two first. Tom</b></blockquote><center><hr width="90%"></center><!-- END QUOTE --> See kids, this is how you formulate an opinion, none of this "jap cars a gay because people put wings on them so they must all be crap...btw whats a skyline?"