The engine says it's a D16Y8, which, from what I've read have all been vtecs-- however, I never actually feel a 'kick,' though, y'know, it is an older car and there are many excuses to as why it wouldn't kick in such as a faulty sensor or somethin'. I was under the assumption that it wasn't a vtec, so I just.. bought a vtec head for it-- and I'm gonna forehead palm myself if my Honda is actually a vtec. I don't know what I should look for exactly to find out if it's a vtec or not. I know that Honda is very proud of their vtec's, and most vtec engines have "VTEC" proudly displayed on it, but yeaah, mine just says "HONDA." Now, please don't hate me. I'm a 17 year old woman and I'm only beginning to learn about Honda's. I'm actually really enjoying working on my baby and learning about her. Yes, my civic is a she.