We pit the modern performance-bargain Civic against its 20th-century analogue to see just how much this hot Honda has evolved.
This is a shoot-out between two brand-new Honda Civic Si coupes. The twist is that Honda built one of them, the 1999 Civic Si, 20 years ago, and it’s arguably the most pristine example in the world. It belongs to Honda North America and has been driven just 930 miles in the last two decades. It lives in a state of preservation under a blanket in a parking garage at the company’s headquarters in Torrance, California, hidden from the ravages of the hot California sun, the clogged Los Angeles freeway system, and the temptation of aftermarket modifications. It’s perfect and perfectly stock, just as it left the factory in East Liberty, Ohio, years before anyone ever heard of Dominic Toretto and The Fast and the Furious.
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