HIIC is about 15mph slower in high blower and 12LB boost than the HIIA, but in 1942 this would have still have been the fastest carrier rated Allied fighter except for the Seafire (and SH2A/B). Here's another graph for the H2C:So IIC is a bit slower than IIA, even at the higher boost. IIA was 8 .303 guns? Maybe they should have stuck to that, it seems much 'peppier'.
You can also see the harsh effect of tropicalization here...
and here's the IIC climb rate:
Note how the H2C with normal climb power and two drop tanks can outclimb an F4F-4 (using full military power) to 20K ft.