I am afraid of my 360 powered RV 9A
The RV-9A standard engine of 160 hp is the same engine as used in Cessna 172s and Piper Cherokees, both 4 place planes. Based on that, the RV-9A is "overpowered", meaning it has a higher power to weight ratio, and this is responsible for its remarkable performance. A 180 hp (I)O-360 is only 12.5% more powerful, so you might even find the standard 160 hp engine "over your head" too. The solution is likely more training with a qualified instructor. And remember, the throttle works in both directions.
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