the vtec preludes are faster than the celica gts. they have more horsepower and a lot more torque.
two of my friends have them, one 2001 the other 1999. i've beaten i/h/e integra gsr's with my stock gts but the prelude easily beat the type r's which is a whole level above the gsr.
at a dragstrip i raced the 1999 vtec prelude. he just pulled past me in second, eventhough i had the jump on him in first. my car is stock currently, he has pulleys, v2 Intake
, header, exhaust, shortshifter...
i've rode and drove the prelude, i think the vtec is stronger than the vvtl-i in the last generation prelude.
but hell, i think the prelude is ugly. nothing shows like the celica...