Last of the VTEC Screamers, the perfect fun car
I have over 140K miles, and wont trade it for any new car.
The 8th gen Civic Si have truly dual personality - relaxed enough when you're just moving around, typical civic while getting over 30 MPG.
But crest that 6,000 rpm limit and lean on the suspension and its angry, and dynamic, and full of racecar noises tons of fun and dropping mileage down to Ferrari level 10MPG :-)
I love the driver's interface, everything where it needs to be for performance driving and the inputs are Right Now - steering, clutch, shifter. tons of room inside too, for what they are.
These Si's are "Last of the Mohicans" of the golden age of high-RPM iVTEC Hondas. Only 4 Honda models ever came to the states with an 8,000+ RPM redline, LSD, and 6 speed: the S2000, NSX, ITR and 8th Gen Si. Honda will never build a car like this again for emissions reasons, combined with the horsepower wars, which demand turbo power and lower revs.
The newer civics will be faster, for sure, but the experience will be gone.