While they were relegated to commuter status here during the '80s, in Japan, with the advent of the fourth generation and its four-wheel independent suspension (read: where the whole "handling on rails" attributes originated), the Civic was seen as sporty. So much in fact, that Honda released an SiR trim with a 1.6-liter DOHC 4-cylinder capable of 160 hp—not so stellar in today's hefty cars that weigh in at over 3,000 pounds, but fantastic in the SiR's chassis, which was two-thirds the weight.