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The N is a 2020 with the performance package. Below are just some of my personal observations after owning the car for a few hundred miles.


Small bit of background - I traded the best car I've ever owned to get the N. Accord coupe, V6, 6mt. Every option except the HFP stuff. The engine in that thing was angry and a freak of engineering, it had 130K and wasn't burning a drop of oil. It was showing its age in other places, and I usually do this with cars - pay them off, keep em for a year or so, then trade them or sell them while their still worth decent money. So with the ok from the better half....


It's very interesting comparing these two engines. Obviously the V6 was NA. And the N is my first FI car. So I can say this has been more of a case of me learning how to drive the new machine than anything. The torque comparison has been a perplexing factor to get used to. On paper, the two cars were close, 252 for the honda and of course 260 for the N. The deliveries tho...man! 1600 for the N vs 4900 for the honda. I've been told never to lug this engine so I don't plan on testing that 1600 number out, but I will say that the N definitely pulls harder than the accord. It seems like at all RPMs. The accord had vtec, which kicked at 5200, but I still think the N is the faster, quicker car. In all situations, even highway top gear running.


But despite the numbers it seems like so far there are instances where the saying 'no replacement for displacement' is ringing true. It's down low in everyday driving. I'm having to adjust for that. Where the accord would take a turn in city driving in 4th, the N likes 3rd. Where the accord would take another easily in 3rd, the N likes 2nd. That has me scratching my head with the higher torque number and the lower delivery. I'm weary of applying too much throttle down too low on the N, so I'm going to have to forecast grabbing a lower gear.



I watched basically every video and read every review on the car before I purchased, and while I don't drive mine like most did in their test videos I've come to the conclusion that this car just loves to be hammered on. While it's different, I'm loving every aspect so far of this powertrain. The steering comparison between the two is no comparison. The N is by far the better handler than the accord, which rode on 18's. However my wife is driving an IS200t F Sport with staggered rubber but not sure of the size, and the N out handles that car by a good margin.


It wins every 'smiles' contest and that's what I bought it for. I'm going to have a great time with this thing, and hopefully it will turn out to be a reliable purchase.
 

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Don't stress about lugging it too much. Soon enough you'll get a feel for what the motor likes. 3000rpm and up do whatever you like, 2000-3000 is my cruising range, i try not to spend much time under 2000.
 

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Don't stress about lugging it too much. Soon enough you'll get a feel for what the motor likes. 3000rpm and up do whatever you like, 2000-3000 is my cruising range, i try not to spend much time under 2000.
Yeah this car loves 3rd and 4th gear. Above 3000 RPM's is where this car comes alive. But hard to unleash it on city streets where I live.
 

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You'll always find the more holes an engine has, the better. It's the same with motorcycles, the smaller the engine the more you have to push it.

The VN despite what has been said in other venues, handles it's duties excellently. It will pull from as far down as 2500 rpm in 6th as any other car. You don't have to constantly wind the crap out of it, in efforts to get it to move. Just change modes in normal driving and let the ECU, do it's thing. You're not going to get high gear, low rpm ping in the VN, especially if your utilizing 91 octane +.

Set in the right driving mode, it will putt with the best of the economy cars. Not so much with fuel economy but this is expected and a known factor.
 
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