The performance of my car is best described as `adequate`, but i have a hankering for more power.
Ive heard from a few different sources that the 1.6 16v was originally quite a powerfull engine, but was detuned and fitted with crap manifolds to limit power. is this true? if so, what is required to free up this power? new manifolds, cams, what?
Would I need to change the ECU?
Alternatively, an engine swap seems like a cheaper option for more power. How easy is it to fit a 2litre 16valve engine in? The spanner-work wouldnt be a problem for me, but what about the wiring, will i need to change ECU and stuff like that? Is it worth getting an Ecotec engine or look for a red-top? i know the red-top is more powerfull, but would it be easier to fit the Ecotec seeing as my car has one already?
Anyone know of any on-line guides to these mods? especially the red-top engine swap?