Had the Defiant Retrofit worse handling than defiant tier 4?
I just raise all levels on another char, and I set all thing on "tactical skils" and escort handling skills even the own retrofit, but when i change the ship, I see that ship, turn and "fire" less than Defiant tier 4. it more fun go with tier 4 than with the retrofit... The stats show that both ships must be equals (retrofit had a rear slot more and more hp).
It is correct or I make something wrong?
Thanks to everybody, and sorry for my bad english.
Take a screen cap of your build? Kind of difficult to say for sure where your problem may be. I've been flying the Defiant-R for about a year now, and I find it much more maneuverable than the T4 version on my other toon. Also, what sort of gear do you have on it? Specifically the engines.
Things to consider are: Skill points in the entire line of escorts
Engineering skills, how many points do you have in engine efficiency?
And finally hardware, what impulse engine do you have on her?
The Defiant-R is better in most ways but the turn rate does seem to be the same (at least according to the description at space dock). As has already been suggested, if you are feeling sluggish you should:
Make sure you are investing your skill points in the correct ship skills,
Hyper-Impulse Engines are your best bet for speed (assuming you maintain...),
High Engine power is going to help you with speed and turn rate too (your power slider gets reset when you change ships so you might need to readjust)