I have a 1999 ZX2 MTX.... It´s pretty quick, not a giant killer, but still good pickup. How fast does your GT go 0-60 and 1/4 mile?? I´ve smoked MX-6´s, Foci (Yeah, a ZX3 MTX), and a brand new EP Civic Si... 7.4 sec. 0-60, 16.6 @ 82 mph 1/4 mile.
I´m sorry the brand new 2003 Civic SI does not hit 60 in 7.4 seconds. The 99, & 2000 SI do, but the 03 doesn´t...it does it in 8.5, which is .1 seconds slower than the 2nd Gen Escort GT. (8.4s 0-60, 16.5s 1/4 mile) If the new SI did a 7.4 second 0-60 then it should be hitting roughly mid 15s in the 1/4 mile, but you´re saying a 16.6?? Still slower than my 2nd Gen GT
A recent magazine article I just read had 8 sport compact cars for under $20,000 in a "bang for the buck" comparison test...guess who came in dead last? the new Civic SI. The new Neon SRT-4 came in 1st (duh) and then there was the Tibreron GT V6, Jetta GTI, Sentra SE-R Spec V, (I drove one of these last night, 2.5L I4, 175 hp, 6 speed short throw MT) the Focus SVT, and two other cars I can´t remember at the moment. (I´ll post later which two I forgot) The SI is slow and weak. It did a crappy slalom and skippad tests, but had ok braking tests. The magazine said that Ford and Nissan didn´t have to worry about the new SI, it was completely outgunned. The thing about the SI was that it had 1.6 liters pushing 160 hp. 100 hp per liter. very cool. but the NEW SI engine is a 2.0L, which means more weight, but it stays at 160 hp. Also, the new SI engine isn´t as easy to tune as the old one was. Besides, they ugli-fied the new SI beyond belief. I laughed at the one I saw this morning.