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Factory Performance - More Controversy

As if the controversy swirling about the Civic Si weren't enough, Factory Performance has drawn criticism like a doublewide brings twisters. A lot of people just don't get it.

Ever since its introduction to the public in 2002, the FP product line has generally been well received by the press (and rightfully so), but the enthusiast community has been a little fickle. Why is this? By the nature of the protests we've heard, it seems that many people place a higher value on horsepower than handling, and since the current FP applications leave the drivetrain untouched, the FP treatment is commonly dismissed as purely a cosmetic exercise.

While it's true that aero pieces and stylish wheels are part of the equation, they also serve to improve the function of the vehicle, providing very real benefits in terms of aerodynamic drag, downforce, enhanced grip, etc. Additionally, stiffer springs and shocks provide dramatically improved chassis dynamics. The improvement in the aesthetics of the vehicle is a beneficial side effect.

The Civic Si FP's interior enhancements are tastefully done, being limited to a nice titanium shift knob and some faux carbon fibre trim concealing most of the Civic Si's silver-painted plastic finish on the dash surfaces. The fake CF definitely improves the ambiance, as the whole painted-plastic-masquerading-as-metal thing is looking rather tired these days, no thanks to its sudden appearance in seemingly every vehicle on the road today.

The only other cues inside are a nice titanium shiftknob and a Factory Performance badge affixed just above the shifter.



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10-12-2005 19:52 Good Review - HFP Suspension sold seperate!   (Score: 1, Normal) CDN-SiR-02
03-18-2004 21:49 It's not hard to see...   (Score: 1, Normal) teej
03-18-2004 23:56 gilbert
03-19-2004 10:37 TonyEX
03-19-2004 13:43 constructicon
03-19-2004 19:20 TonyEX
11-01-2004 12:51 SiRGeoffroy
08-26-2004 09:54 Is there a factory performance package for 03 Si?   (Score: 1, Normal) rayyu882
03-25-2004 13:19 "...money well spent"????   (Score: 1, Normal) slowhand
03-31-2004 10:12 JeffX
03-31-2004 20:25 TonyEX
03-31-2004 20:39 JeffX
04-01-2004 10:30 NSXman
04-01-2004 13:07 slowhand
04-03-2004 15:49 Mechanic
04-04-2004 00:20 Graham_02SiR
04-05-2004 00:23 oncesir
03-19-2004 10:25 RSX Type-S ASPEC for $31,030   (Score: 1, Normal) sochester
03-19-2004 18:52 AcuraSM
03-19-2004 22:35 cksi1372
03-21-2004 21:24 The Hunter
04-04-2004 00:32 Graham_02SiR
03-19-2004 12:30 I guess I'm one of those guys who just don't get it   (Score: 1, Normal) Da Hapa
03-19-2004 18:55 AcuraSM
03-25-2004 15:44 Dr. Honda
03-22-2004 12:50 its not that it sucks...   (Score: 1, Normal) MugenDX
03-17-2004 19:03 I want my CTR   (Score: 1, Normal) Pells
03-20-2004 12:58 PK
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03-17-2004 17:37 Honda, it's time...   (Score: 1, Normal) Power Of Dreams
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03-18-2004 19:31 My thought about HFP   (Score: 1, Normal) Accord Lover
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03-18-2004 19:00 More BS   (Score: 1, Normal) vtechbrain
03-18-2004 12:56 Price   (Score: 1, Normal) soniccar
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