Why Buy an RSX?
A couple of us recently had the chance to attend a "Civic Live"
event that was being hosted in Los Angeles, CA. The event was
essentially a promotion for the new 2006 Civic, and offered
attendees the chance to test drive all the new models (except for
the Hybrid). They also had live music by some pretty big bands (L.A.
had 311 and San Francisco had Black Eyed Peas). There are other 2006
"Civic Live" events happening throughout the country too, which I
think is a great idea from Honda's standpoint. This is the first
time Honda has really organized such a massive nation-wide hands-on
marketing blitz for one of its new vehicles. I personally think it's
a great idea and I enjoyed my time there.
OK, so to the
point. The new 2006 Civic Si is awesome! We were only allowed 2
drives but that was enough for us to determine that the 2006 Civic
Si was definately a huge step forward in handling and acceleration
over the 2005 Civic Si. The small cone course consisted of many
tight turnes so it was hard to get up speed, but the chassis was
rock solid even under tremendous stress. I was extremely impressed
to say the least. I did not notice any torque steer or wheel hop
There are a couple of very interesting things
to note about the new 2006 Civic Si (besides the obvious styling and
performance differences). First of all, the rear suspension utilizes
a separated shock / spring setup, which is quite unusual, but was
probably necessary to improve suspension geometry. Second (and
unfortunately I don't have a picture of this) the 2006 Civic Si uses
a true rear diffuser to help smooth our airflow and create more
downforce. It seems like Honda has really spared no expensive in
creating this amazing car!
Compact Engine Bay
Rear Suspension (separated spring / shock)
View of the Tachometer