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a lot can change in 3 years
Just not for the Civic....

While honda is changing bumpers and wheels, everyone else is making more power....

Performance wise the 09 is exactly the same as the 06....


but at 197 ponies the Civic Si is next-to-last on the group's power list. Zero to 60 mph performance -- 6.6 seconds -- is also seventh out of eight. It's this lone weakness -- the simple lack of grunt -- that keeps the Si from finishing any higher than fifth.
 

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Sorry if this is a repost, I did do a search...but does this make sense?


2006 Honda Civic SI & 2006 Volkswagen GTI - Midsize Coupe Comparison - Motor Trend


Sport Compact Car Comparison - Eight of today's hottest sport compacts tested - Motor Trend


In 2006 our Si beat the GTI in Motor Trend's comparo, but now in 2009 the civic comes in 5th while the GTI is in first?

again sorry if this is a repost.
I thought the same thing when my issue arrived (same article but for Car and Driver, basically).
 

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Back then there were about three sport compact cars in the same target market, the Chevy Cobalt SS (supercharged), GTI, and SI. The SI was the more driver orientated car of the trio while the GTI was the more refined cruiser (no one cared about the Cobalt SS back then and for good reason). These days however, the SI is still raw in is own right, but the competition exceeds its once hailed performance figures. So while the GTI is still a great cruiser, the SI is no longer the best drivers car. So 5th makes sense to me. It is good to note however, that the SI is still one of the cheapest among those it contends with.
 
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