It will be mandatory for all cars by 2012. Then, all cars must have ESP - which includes TCS.It's weird for sure. Honestly there's no need for traction control on this car. It has so little torque at low rpm. SO much easier to drive than my 5.0L mustang with 300ft-lbs at 3000 rpm. The only car I could see needing traction control is something like the G35 coupe with 270hp and rear wheel drive. I think it's mandatory for some cars to have traction control in the US now? I don't know for sure.
Its because there are two separate identities determining what should be given to each market. Honda of America decides the features for the US. Honda Canada Inc decides the features for Canada. Its all about market research and demand, not to mention what will make Honda the most $$ overall. Im disappointed that we Canadians don't get the Nav and Summer Tire option for the Si...I'll never understand why Canadians get some features we don't, and vice-versa. The coupes are all built in the same place in Canada, so wouldn't it cost more to further differentiate them?