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The 1.8L is a much happier engine, IMO. It feels smoother and stronger, and sounds much much much better than the 2.0L. My first comment when I drove the 2.0L was, "Is there something wrong with this engine?" It sounded a lot less happy than the 1.8L. The 1.8L growls as RPMs rise; the 2.0L whines. I drove more of the 2.0L's... Same thing.There is no doubt in my mind that the 1.8L cars are quicker. The 2.0L has more power, but it has to pull around that extra weight. On an interesting note, my '99 ES was recently tested on a dyno before and after my Injen Technology cold air intake. Compared to dyno's I have seen for the 2.0L, the 1.8L actually has a flatter torque curve and puts just slightly more power to the ground! I am not sure why, but the tech guru's on ProtegeClub.com were not surprised. I think it has to do with the shorter stroke and the 2.0L's larger brakes, wheels, tires, etc. More weight to move between the engine and ground...You can see the dyno results on my webpage:
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