Even then a very well maintained 15 or 10 year Civic cannot keep up with a new City, because it must have done at least 75K KM.
Power can only be tested @ Dyno.
I have raced many 1995-2000 Indus GLI with 1.6L and 2001-2005 SE Saloon with 108HP, but none of them gave me trouble like a new 2010 XLI with only 80-84 HP, and we were travelling at 170KM/hr, It can not be just because of VVTI, new car has its own charm .
Also new City is approx 30% more powerful then a new XLI, and has an excellent clutch and gearbox with unmatched shift quality (even better then Civic Reborn).
Never raced with a New City but I am not confident that my Eagle Eye PROSMATEC can beat it, then how can a stock 1996 Exi, no matter how well kept it is, have a chance against City.
To race a new City, you must have a 6th Generation VTI.