Ward Fowler wrote:
Like you, I had always considered that Reliant had the upper-hand due to the damage inflicted upon the Enterprise. However, you raise a valid point. As you say, her engines appear to be the same size as those of the Enterprise, so she may have the same amount of power, but with a smaller structure. That may leave more power for weapons and the like. Food for thought.
If the Miranda-class has an identical power supply, she is indeed superior in battle. She has a tighter shield envelope and those roll bar phasers look a lot beefier. That might be why the Mirandas were in service in the 24th century while the Constitutions were long gone.