The Honda Fit (Jazz in most other markets) has been a decent success here in the States. It's economical, somewhat fun to drive and not painful to look at. But it just seems to lack something. Oh, right, sportiness and a bright red Si badge!

To earn the Si designation, the versatile econocar was given new dampers, a larger front anti-roll bar, and modifications to the electric power steering system. Then Honda went nuts and dropped in the 3.0 liter V6 from the Accord... No, not really. In fact, the Jazz Si retains the Eurospec 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 98 hp. Seems hardly worthy of an anti-roll bar of any size.

Helping auto enthusiasts distinguish the Jazz Si is a new body kit, 16-inch wheels with low profile "tyres" and various upgrade interior trim pieces.

If Honda intends to sell a Fit Si here, they better have some plans for a jazzed-up engine to go with those "stylish" side skirts and LED reading lights.
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Honda Jazz Si

New Limited Edition model to be introduced in summer 2012
Revised body styling emphasises fun-to-drive appeal
Suspension and steering changes improve ride and handling
Unique interior trim compliments enhanced exterior styling
16-inch alloy wheels fitted as standard
1.4-litre i-VTEC engine with manual transmission
Maintains acclaimed Jazz space and versatility with Honda´s 'Magic Seats'
Comprehensive safety package includes Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure
VSA stability control system and six airbags as standard
Maximum five-star safety rating in Euro-NCAP crash tests

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show is the new Honda Jazz Si, which will reach showrooms in Summer 2012. This new version combines the space, versatility and frugal running costs of the existing Jazz 1.4 i-VTEC but with increased dynamic appeal. The retuned suspension is echoed by styling revisions inside and out.

The Jazz Si was developed by Honda Research and Development Europe and will be manufactured in the UK. Emphasising the sharp appearance of the Jazz Si is a new body kit. This consists of new front and rear bumpers, with deep valances and prominent side skirts. Stylish 16-inch alloy wheels are fitted with low-profile tyres, while front fog lights, dark-tinted privacy glass and a straight exhaust tailpipe complete the transformation.

Inside, the Jazz Si has black and silver supportive seats, with the addition of a sports inspired leather-trimmed steering wheel. To ensure the Jazz Si has substance as well as style, revised suspension settings have been adopted. New dampers are combined with a larger front anti-roll bar to improve straight-line stability and body control. The electric power-steering system has also been modified for improved feel and response. This has been achieved without undermining one of the strengths of the Jazz – its refined and comfortable ride.

Standard Jazz Si equipment includes automatic climate control, cruise control, front fog lights, LED rear combination lamps, remote audio controls on the steering wheel, USB socket, trip computer, powered and retractable door mirrors, height-adjustable driver´s seat, and electric windows- with an auto-up function for the driver– along with the unrivalled flexibility bestowed by the Jazz' Magic Seats.

One of the key considerations for Honda's designers and engineers during the development of the Jazz Si was to preserve the key strengths that owners of the existing Jazz enjoy about their car.

The Jazz Si is powered by Honda's familiar 1.4-litre i-VTEC 100PS (73kW) engine, acclaimed for its performance and high fuel economy. This four-cylinder unit develops its maximum power at 6,000rpm and has a peak torque output of 127Nm at 4,800rpm.

It's paired with either a five-speed manual or CVT transmission. This is the same transmission variant offered with the conventional models

In five-speed manual form the Jazz Si has the acceleration as the traditional models and has a top speed of113mph.

Along with the greater dynamism the Jazz Si retains the easy-to-drive character, smooth controls, comfortable ride and long-distance refinement of the standard Jazz. The Jazz Si therefore offers the best of all worlds – a small car that can effortlessly cover long distances and is also fun to drive.

The excellent safety of the Jazz remains a key component of the Jazz Si, too. It employs Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which compensates for collisions between vehicles of different sizes and deflects crash energy away from the passenger cabin.

ACE body structure is part of a comprehensive package that helped the Jazz achieve a maximum five-star safety rating in Euro-NCAP crash tests. Standard protection features include Honda's VSA stability control system and anti-lock brakes to help the driver avoid an accident. Should a collision prove unavoidable, however, there are six airbags, three-point seatbelts all round, with reminders to warn the driver if someone has failed to put their seatbelt on, anti-whiplash head restraints and ISOFIX child-seat tethers and top anchors.

The Si variant of the Jazz was developed and engineered entirely in Europe and it will be in dealer showrooms at the end of August.

Honda Jazz SE with Idle Stop The Jazz SE with Idle Stop makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2012 and further demonstrates Honda's commitment to reducing CO2 emissions and improving fuel economy. The 1.2 litre Jazz with Idle Stop will be sold alongside the existing Jazz range and will not lose any of the practicality associated with the model. The Jazz SE with Idle Stop sits above the S A/C in the model line up and also benefits from the addition of Auto Climate Control and body coloured door handles and mirrors.

The Idle Stop system automatically switches off the engine when you come to a stop improving efficiency and delivering a combined fuel economy of 54.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 120 g/km – representing an improvement of approximately 3g/km in comparison to 1.2 litre Jazz. The system is also optional so that the driver can switch it off when it is not required.

SPECIFICATIONS

1.2 litre petrol engine specification
Displacement: 1198 cc
Fuel Consumption M/T: 54.3 mpg Combined
CO2: 120g/km of CO2


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      Sean Thompson
      • 3 Years Ago
      To keep the fuel economy up, I don't mind (too much) that they didn't touch the motor ... although some tweaks could probably lessen the internal drag and increase net horsepower as well as economy. So what about lightening it up? How about taking 100 - 150 pounds off the car with alloy or carbon fiber hood and front fenders and other tweaks? Would I pay another $1,500 for that? Yes, because with lighter weight, EVERYTHING improves (acceleration, economy and handling). Lamborghini will take a couple hundred pounds off one of their existing cars and charge $20,000+ more for it ... and get it (Superlegere).
        msspamrefuge
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sean Thompson
        I'm not fully versed on how European insurance companies assess premiums, but in the U.S., using exotic materials only a select number of facilities can service is potentially asking for a hike. That's fine for the weathly and their weekend Italian playthings. A subcompact expected to play the dual role of urban runabout and recreation for individuals who typically aren't nearly as well off. . .that might not go so well. An engine upgrade isn't as wholistic, but I'd think it be the most sensible, economical upgrade in light of the Fit/Jazz's purpose.
      vcarr123
      • 3 Years Ago
      Add a small turbo for more hp and torque and a 6 speed manual! 6 speed auto as an option for those who want! Let the SI stand for something!!
      Alex Arndt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda is dropping the ball on this car. I own a 08' Fit there is just so little aftermarket for the already anemic L15A. Even so it still manages to be incredibly light and nimble in its own class with aftermarket wheels/tires. Honda not bothering to make a more performance oriented trim for the Fit is no surprise. The CRZ is a painful joke and the Civic Si is no longer a contender with the GTI, Focus ST, Abarth, MiniS, and soon BRZ/FRS within ~2k price. Acura RSX Type R? Integra Type R? S2000? While the domestic market is creating Turbocharged 1.5-2.0L engines Honda is living in the stone age, and they managed to alienate their customers by making bigger engines and fatter cars (Civic Si -_-) Honda Fit Si = ~170 HP ~7.5k RPM ~2400 LBS ~18k Price Thats win right there. too bad it wont happen enjoy the past Honda Fans :(
      AddLightness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can we put Honda news on its own website like autobloggreen? That way I can ignore it and not be continually disappointed :( its like seeing Facebook feeds of your ex with another guy. Honda and I broke up a few years ago and I'm still not over it.. Ford is my rebound.. and Hyundai.. and tesla.. I feel like a player
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AddLightness
        I feel your pain. I accidentally allowed myself to get excited over the new baby Acura, and then I found out it's really a Civic. Honda is making sure to spread the suck around as much as possible. :( Not unlike an X now that I think about it.
          spy4
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          What makes you think the small Acura would not be based on a Civic. Every Integra and RSX was basically just a Civic. The Civic has darn good mechanicals.
      Jan Calloway
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is why HONDA sucks, Sorry Honda lovers but other than the NSX honda has no balls.
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Fit has the worse looking floor covering I have seen in any car. It almost looks disposable, cheap cheap stuff.
      zanarditypes
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another sarcastic article worthy only of Jalopnik. What you fail to mention is that the Si badge in Europe does not have the same revered meaning as it does in the States, and it's being used here as simply another model designation. But don't let that stop you from trying to fan the flames of negativity. I guess if it were a Sonic with a stiffer suspension, aluminum pedals, differently styled wheels of the same size, a chrome exhaust tip, and rocker mouldings - all with the engine untouched - you would write a glorifying article calling it "the hot hatch enthusiasts have been waiting for." And that's precisely what you did. Double standard?
        AJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zanarditypes
        The Si badge in the U.S has been at its lowest since the the current civic was introduced. You can't go much lower than this. The NSX better be a magic car if it hopes to capture some of that lost Honda magic.
      All Rights Reserved
      • 3 Years Ago
      I swear, the "HIPSTERS" that write for Autoblog would be creaming in their pants if this was a Hyundai. I wonder what the sentence would say if the exact car was a KIA or Hyundai. "Seems hardly worthy of an anti-roll bar of any size."
        Travisty
        • 3 Years Ago
        @All Rights Reserved
        Show me ONE 98hp Hyundai monster that Autoblog is 'creaming in their pants' over and you might have a point. You realize that there's a massive difference between a 98hp Fit/Jazz with an anti-roll bar and a 200hp Hyundai Veloster turbo, right?
          All Rights Reserved
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Travisty
          http://green.autoblog.com/2012/03/08/2012-hyundai-i20-geneva-2012/ And it's only 74hp.
      Agent55
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda is so incredibly out of touch these days, it's like someone secretly swapped-out all the regular employee's with... I don't know, Toyota staff or something.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but this is an unbelievably pathetic effort to make an Si Fit. Heck it could potentially actually be slower than a regular one in a straight line due to the bigger wheels and an increase in unsprung weight. As is typical of body kits at this level, it looks like crap. Those side sills scream crappy Fit - yeah I went there. I want to love Honda, but I've given up.
      AJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is just sad.
      Orin O'Neill
      • 3 Years Ago
      Folks, North America is the only market in which Honda can sell everything it can build or bring over. And the vast majority of car buyers in North America are looking for transportation appliances. They know nothing about automotive engineering, and they don't care... as long as the thing starts every time, the a/c works and stereo sounds good playing Sting and Dave Mathews, they're happy as a clam. They think of their cars in the same way they think of their refrigerators...
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