iPod Cable, Carpeted Floor Mats, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System
1,975cc (121 cu-in)
DOHC 4 valves per cylinder with continuously variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
141 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
137 @ 4,600
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 3.308, II = 1.962, III = 1.257, IV = 0.976, V = 0.778, FD = 4.188, R = 3.583
With the traction control disabled, there's plenty of power to spin the tires for a good launch. Nice shift action and good ratios. Power doesn't fall off much near redline. Intuitive clutch engagement. Not really the penalty box I was expecting.
Pretty crude ABS with obvious pulsing and protesting tires, but you can't argue with the impressive results. Steady stops and no signs of fade. Pedal effort/effectiveness is linear and predictable.
Skid pad: Steering feels a little springlike, but the car's balance is superb, right between under- and oversteer. Changes attitude/direction with the throttle -- nice! ESP on is old-school intrusive. Slalom: There's a little steering delay/gain, but once anticipated, what a hoot this car is to throw around. There's just enough rotation to keep things interesting but not so much as to be dangerous or spooky. Still, the tires' limited grip is the determining factor here despite the better-than-average athleticism in the chassis tuning. Sounds like a handling review for most Hondas, doesn't it? ESP is again conservatively tuned.