By James Bergeron

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2008 Honda Civic Si Sedan

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2008 Honda Civic Si Sedan
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After a short hiatus of sorts I am back with another car. This time, something a little sporty in nature yet still reasonable on the pocket book: the much debated and perhaps anticipated 2008 Honda Civic Si Sedan. Originally, rumours had this car as only being available in the U.S., but Honda has decided to bring it to Canada.

Sporting a very modern and high tech look, the new Civic has been a love-it or hate-it design for many over the past couple of years. It seems to be growing on many and certainly sales are not floundering as some had assumed would happen when Honda decided to use a two-tiered digital dash rather than the traditional analog style.

2008 Honda Civic Si Sedan
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The Civic Si sedan in the Canadian market is a little bit of a question mark, with the Acura brand getting the CSX (only available in Canada) as the more luxurious and sporting Civic, so it seems like bringing an Si sedan to Canada could only cause Honda to compete with themselves.

So what does the Si bring to the table? Quite a lot actually — minus the leather, navigation system and a few other goodies available on the CSX Type-S as well as the $5,000 price premium.

The Honda Civic Si is powered by a high revving 2.0litre four cylinder engine which produces 197hp at 7800 rpm and a redline of 8000rpm. This model is only available with one transmission and that is a short throw close ratio 6-speed manual transmission — truly a performance oriented machine.

The Si comes standard with a good list of features as well, including: a seven-speaker premium audio system including sub-woofer, cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls, air-conditioning, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, sunroof and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

2008 Honda Civic Si Sedan
MSRP as tested inc. destination & delivery: $27,975

For more information on Honda and the Civic visit Honda Canada

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