SI'* run 14'*, the only issue for power, is getting through the first 4-5k of revs, but once you're in the powerband, the 6 speed keeps you in it.. In an L36 you will be seeing civic tail lights after a few seconds. There'* not much between an SI and my GTI, the GTI has more low rpm torque, but the civic is a little lighter and has an LSD. Both are geared great for their motors.
"Torque makes things happen" isn't quite the truth. It'* more about area under the power curve, gearing, weight, etc. Look at LeMans, both high strung rotaries (Mazda 787b), and torque monster turbo diesels (Audi R10) have won in prototype groups, it'* all about making it all work together.
Although in a street car, power everywhere is nice too
Hence my new car...
'06 Vee Dub GTI 2 door Tornado Red
- 2.0 Turbocharged, Intercooled, Direct Injected, 6 Speed DSG, Underbody Aero, 17" Classix
- Moonroof, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Interlagos Plaid Sport Seats, 6 Disc In-dash, iPod integration, GTI Monster Mats (winter)
'93 Bonneville SE Purple Pearl H4U package - picked up June 23, 2003, Traded-in June 28, 2007...