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Honda releases Fit Si - only it's really a UK Jazz, and it's a trim-and-tape deal

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Honda releases Fit Si - only it's really a UK Jazz, and it's a trim-and-tape deal

Ever since the debut of the second-generation Fit in late 2008, we've secretly been hoping that Honda would introduce a sportier Si-badged version of the good-to-do hatch, complete with sporty chassis upgrades and a slightly more powerful engine. So when we got the word that Europe would be getting an Si variant of the Jazz (what the Fit is called overseas), we started to get relatively jealous – until we read the fine print.

Yes, it's called the Si, but Honda has not given the Jazz any additional power or suspension upgrades. Instead, the Si is set apart from the rest of the lineup by sharp new 16-inch alloys, a chrome sport front grille and a rear roof spoiler. Inside, there aren't any sort of refinement upgrades, but Si badging has now been added to the floor mats and glove box.

In Europe, the Jazz is available with either a 1.2- or 1.4-liter gasoline engine. The Si package is available with both powerplants, commanding an additional £870 over comparable 1.2 SE and 1.4 ES models. We're a fan of the minor cosmetic upgrades, but take note, Honda – if an Si-branded Fit ever hits the streets of America, we'll be looking for a bit more than just a Bedazzled exterior. Hit the jump to read the official press release.

LINK:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/24/honda-releases-fit-si-only-its-really-a-uk-jazz-and-its-a-t/

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