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In Chapter 5 of the Book of Boba Fett:

Din Djarin's recently rebuilt and extensively modified N-1 starfighter left two New Republic X-Wings standing.

Dialogue during the episode suggests that this is due to the heavy customisation done to the N-1.

My question is, how much of a difference did those customisations make? Specifically how would a stock pre-Clone Wars N-1 have performed compared to the T65 X-Wing in terms of sublight speed?

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    An N-1 would always precede an X-Wing, at least in alphabetical order.
    – lfurini
    Feb 5 at 15:33
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    @lfurini - Unless you include the manufacturer. In which case the Incom T65B X-Wing comes before the Naboo N-1 Starfighter.
    – Valorum
    Feb 5 at 15:47
  • Didn't the X-Wing pilots choose not to follow him?
    – Rogue Jedi
    Feb 5 at 20:21
  • @RogueJedi - They explicitly state that he'd gone from their sensor range. Feb 5 at 20:57
  • Why did we only see the N-1 starfighters in one film? - In an atmosphere "N-1s can't outrun an ambush by an X-wing, and they can be quickly overtaken by an A-wing. In a stand-up fight verses an A-wing it might be more or less evenly matched, but against an X-wing (pretty much anything except a B-wing; 3 lasers, 3 ion cannons, and torpedoes) would be suicide." - 1,050 kph X-wings can't catch 1,100 kph N-1s.
    – Mazura
    Feb 6 at 3:17

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According to the (Canon) Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy and Star Wars: Encyclopedia of Starifighters and Other Vehicles factbooks the Naboobian N-1 Starfighter has a top sublight speed of 1100kph. This compares to the T65B X-Wing Starfighter which has a top speed of 1050kph.

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This suggests that the N-1 in question has been heavily customised.

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    I have never much spent much thought on the performance metrics of fictional spacecraft. Are these units actual kilometers/miles per hour? Because there are things on wheels that are faster than that, and from the shows I had always imagined spaceships to be a bit more nimble (of course this a galaxy far far away, so maybe their kilometers are longer, or the hours are shorter). Feb 5 at 21:37
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    @EikePierstorff - This is a world in which spaceships are limited to a top speed in atmosphere and in space.
    – Valorum
    Feb 5 at 21:49
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    @EikePierstorff And notice that they advertise "speed" rather than "acceleration", which is just hooey for space physics.
    – Lexible
    Feb 5 at 22:46
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    Don't worry, I don't take this too seriously. It is just funny to imagine that a starfighter would be outpaced by an Apollo spacecraft by an order of magnitude (I know, fixed trajectory, so it does not really compare, but still). Feb 5 at 23:23
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    @EikePierstorff - Luke's X-Wing can go from the ground into space straight up, then navigate to a nearby planet using nothing but point-and-shoot. When you've got unlimited delta-V, then you can start making remarks about the kph.
    – Valorum
    Feb 5 at 23:29

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