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WoW the civic is getting famous!
Article Link: http://cars.ign.com/articles/659/659776p1.htm

In the end, what Honda ended up with is a much different car than the outgoing hatchback. Sure, it's called a Civic Si and shares the same basic K-series powerplant, but the similarities end there. This is the Si we've been waiting for since the last coupe was retired. There's so much to this car for such little money that the Scion tC and all the other sub-20K compacts might want to consider turning in their resignation letters.
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2006 Honda Civic Si First Drive
Quite possible the best Civic EVER.
by Tyrone Rodriguez
October 19, 2005 - So why did everyone hate the Civic Si hatchback so? It's easy. The combination of high sticker price with low performance numbers equaled no bang for the buck and an almost instant death. Consider the Si stillborn; yet even with lackluster sales numbers the not-so-hot hatch trudged along. Early last year Honda announced it would redesign the Si and give it some much-needed balls.



The Acura RSX Type-S engine served as the perfect test bed for the Civic Si. Honda has sufficiently modified the engine, making for a new generation K20Z3. The highly throaty engine pulls hard at most rpm and really feels like it has the one-up against the older RSX K20A3. Honda was hoping to have a nice round number like 200; new SAE measuring standards brought the final number down to 197 hp with lb-ft torque coming in at 139. What the newly-revised powerplant lacks on paper it more than makes up on the track.

The exhaust note from the updated 2.0L engine sounds nothing like any previous Si. The deep-drone of the engine from low revs to redline is closer to that of a V6 than a high-strung four-cylinder. Even with a substantial roar from the engine at wide-open throttle the Si maintains daily driver livability when driven under partial throttle.

The RSX might have the Si beat by a few ponies, but you'd never know. From a stand still the Si lights up the front Michelin Pilots. This time around we won't get that uneven tire chirp thanks to a standard (thank you God) helical limited-slip differential. The inclusion of a diff is less important in everyday driving than it is on the track or strip, but what a different it makes. Give it some throttle out of a turn and the LSD will pull the Civic exactly where you want it to go. We get the feeling the Si is slightly telepathic, but Honda has to get back to us on that one.

Transmission changes were minor, but sufficiently noticeable. First through fifth gears appear unchanged from the DC5 chassis. Sixth gear, however, seems to have been modified for better fuel economy. It's a common mod with the RSX Type-S community to swap out the factory sixth with one out of a manual transmission TSX. Honda, obviously, bit off this trend. It's not like we're complaining, as fun as the K20 is, revving at 4,000 rpm on the freeway is fun for about the first 30 seconds. Changes to the tranny ensure that the Si remains as fun on the highway as it does on the track.

Like the Scion tC before it, the Civic Si is a whole lot of car for not a whole lot of money. Seeing is believing, if the exterior isn't reason enough to see that the Si isn't a sub-20K car then the interior trim quality and design should convince anyone. The Si is available with an optional GPS Navigation now—freakin' GPS, even the RSX doesn't have that! Of course, Navi will push the sticker price through the roof, but now you won't get lost on your way to that not-so-underground rave. Honda tells us that the Si seats five, but the same people might argue that Shaquille O'Neil can drive a Mini Cooper. Stick to four passenger and you'll be fine--plus you don't want to throw off the power-to-weight ratio, right?

In the end, what Honda ended up with is a much different car than the outgoing hatchback. Sure, it's called a Civic Si and shares the same basic K-series powerplant, but the similarities end there. This is the Si we've been waiting for since the last coupe was retired. There's so much to this car for such little money that the Scion tC and all the other sub-20K compacts might want to consider turning in their resignation letters.
 
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