What if the Si was offered with an Auto/CVT transmission?

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  1. Still would have bought the 6MT

    75.4%
  2. Would have bought the Auto/CVT

    14.0%
  3. Would have bought a different car

    10.6%
  1. SDAlexander8

    SDAlexander8 Senior Member

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    I think 60% of the reason I bought an Si is because it is only offered with a manual. If there was an Auto variant, it would kill the brand for me.
     
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    fenix-silver Senior Member

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    CVT, no. A good traditional auto or DCT, maybe. I don't deal with traffic much and this MT is a true joy.
     
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    I deal with NJ traffic. Not as bad as LA traffic or NYC traffic. Been driving manuals most of my life. Honda manuals are some of the lightest clutches I have ever found.

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    Auto -- I'm in !!
     
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    A sad day indeed it would be for the SI. Terrible downgrade. Erosion of the brand. I trust Honda is smarter that that.
     
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    86salmon It's Hedley, Hedley Lamarr!

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    Imagine how hard it would be to find the manual models if they did. Glad it isn't that way
     
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    No way , I love my manual trans
     
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    It should be a choice auto and manual just like a mustang GT or a Camaro Z28 they offer both transmission
    But I’m only saying this because of a knee injury other wise I’d own a Si and wouldn’t care if it came with a auto. Yes it should come with a auto at least a DCT not a CVT
     
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    Surprising how many people wouldnt care that there would be a million more Si’s on the road with bad drivers who just think the car and badge are pretty. There’s something special about knowing that every Si I see on the road is a manual and theyre dedicated to rowing gears.
     
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    It would certainly make the Si less appealing and less special.

    Cars coming in manual only makes them very special- you know they are true driver focused cars and not just a poser commuter car with a body kit.

    Si, Type R, Focus ST and RS, WRX STI are all very special. You know when you see one that the driver is someone who appreciates and enjoy the driving experience.

    Mustang, Golf GTI/R, WRX - often driven by people who don't care about cars or driving. Not special.
     
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    While I do like that Honda made the Si manual-only (for many of the reasons already stated above), it's nearly impossible nowadays to find a new car that only comes in a manual. If Honda offered an automatic Si and that pushed me away, what would my other options be? Not many.
     
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    Si means sports injected. Why would they offer in automatic when the trim is designed for enthusiasts like us. I am pretty mad with the sport version inspired by Si
     
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    #13 gtman, Oct 27, 2019
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    CVT no, but a DCT would still be in keeping with the Si theme and be faster than the manual.

    BTW, I don't think the DCT option would "kill the brand" as the OP suggested. I mean obviously Honda would still offer the 6 speed. A DCT hasn't hurt the GTI's image in any way.

    Hell, the WRX has a CVT option.

    Welcome to modern times. ;)
     
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    I’d appreciate seeing a WRX or GTI more if I knew it was a manual. I feel like a lot of people buy it for the badge.
     
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    I do see a LOT of GTIs in my city, probably around half the total golfs I see. I'm guessing most of them have the automatic/DCT, and that is probably what has made the GTI so mainstream.
     
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