The VIN 9 powertrain uses a slightly different PCM program and intake cam overlap to develop higher horsepower further up in the power band at the expense of 5 ft/lb of torque. It uses a 3.71 final drive for quicker engine rpm rise in each gear range. Most specs list it as 300 hp/295 ft/lb.
The VIN Y powertrain is a more "economy" tune and cam setup which uses a 3.11 final drive for highway economy and reduced engine rpm at cruise. Most specs list it as 275 hp/300 ft/lb.
Discounting the tire rating speed limiters imposed, all things being equal, the VIN Y should outrun the VIN 9 in top speed, but above 135 mph factors like drag and weight come into play. It would be interesting to run two same-year same-style Northstar 4.6 FWD vehicles side by side at Bonneville. The ONLY physical differences being the drivetrain package. Which would eventually go faster, given no speed limiter in the PCM ?? Anybody's guess. Drag racing a FWD, same pair, is a guess also - on any Sunday a good driver in Car A will beat car B, and vice versa.
Concours also has bucket seats with perforated leather, center console with shifter, analog gauges, Bose stereo, specific wheels, no hood ornament (it's in the grill), painted grill, mirrors in the roof for back seat, dual zone digital temp controls, road sensing suspension, magnasteer steering, fog lights.
Re: difference between regular northstar and the northstar in a deville concourse?
The Deville Concourse, Seville STS, and Eldorado ETC got the higher output engines. 300 hp and 295 lb ft torque. These are higher priced models that got more standard equipment and the sportier versions. Not positive on the Concourse, but I know the STS and ETC got Stabilitrac and CVRSS and firmer suspension to make the cars handle better. The N* in the regular Deville, SLS, and Eldorado were 275 hp, 300 lb ft.
I was wondering where all the extra commentary from you came from ranger lol. I'm still amazed how much you and some of the other guys on here know about these cars and engines. I'm usually the biggest car nut that all of my friends know but you guys put me to shame.
The Northstar compression ratios and exhaust systems are essentially identical in each model line.
VIN Y PCM management is set up for the different intake cam characteristics and the 3.11 final drive compared to the VIN 9.
With a single-cam engine you can fool with cam timing and accomplish basically two goals, with a variation on the theme in a 4-cam engine: advanced cam timings, about 4 degrees or so, move the power band down in the rpm range at the expense of HP but slightly increased torque. Retarded cam timings move the power band up higher in the rpm range with higher HP readings but slightly less torque. The 280 c.i. Northstar is a little engine, so there's a tightrope to be walked in the HP/RPM/torque search.