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2009 Honda Fit Sport

2009 Honda Fit Sport
2009 Honda Fit Sport Specifications
LayoutFront Engine, FWD
Transmission5 Speed Manual, Available Paddle-Shifted 5 Speed Automatic
SuspensionMacPherson Struts, Anti-Roll Bar, Torsion Beam, Coil Springs
Brakes (F)10.3 in. Vented Disc
Brakes (R)7.9 in. Drum
Engine TypeSOHC, 16 Valve Aluminum Inline 4 Cylinder
Displacement1.5 Liters
Redline6800 rpm
Horsepower117 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque106 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm
Compression Ratio10.4:1
Width66.7 in.
Length161.6 in.
Height60.0 in.
Wheelbase98.4 in.
Body Type5 Door, 5 Seat Hatchback
Wheels6.0 x 16 in., Aluminum
Tires185/55R16 83H
Base Price: 2009 Honda Fit Sport - $16,060

2009 Honda Fit Sport: Capable, Frugal, Fun, Tuner Ready!

The 2009 Honda Fit Sport is the closest thing Honda currently offers to the classic tuner-favorite Honda sport compact hatchbacks of the late 1980s and 1990s. As first generation Honda/Acura Integras, Civic Hatchbacks and Honda CRX sport compact cars continue to be popular with the tuner set 20 years or more after they were originally released, much of Honda's current lineup has grown in size, weight, sophistication and... boredom.

The snarly little 2009 Fit Sport is the hot hatch most like the CRX that we will probably see from Honda any time soon. Its base price undercuts the Civic by less than one might think, but the Fit is a different character of car. For 2009 Honda has added a little size, but the Fit is still one of the smallest cars on the road. With this extra size and room, though, the Fit's curb weight is only upped by 40 lbs.

Why are we covering the Fit, with only 117 horsepower coming from a 1.5 Liter Inline 4, on The Fit Sport, with Navigation system and standard 5 Speed Manual, comes in at a curb weight of 2600 lbs. Other sport compacts of today weigh hundreds of pounds more. With some Honda tuning magic, the Fit Sport has the potential to be a true hot hatch daily driver, in the vein of the Civic hatchbacks, VW GTI and CRX of old, before small, cheap, replaceable cars had to be comfortable and boring.

We've seen some truly magic things done to the D15 Series of 1.5 Liter Honda motors. The powerplant in the 2009 Fit is significantly more advanced, and loves to rev with a redline of an outstanding 6800 rpm. Will the Honda tuning community pick up the 2009 Fit Sport, throwing their factory warranties in the garbage in favor of a balanced, fun-to-drive small car with real power? Bet on it.

All-New 2009 Honda Fit Big on Style and Refinement, Small on Price and Fuel Consumption

Official Honda Motor Company Press Release

8/19/2008 - Torrance, Calif.

The completely-redesigned 2009 Honda Fit is set to go on sale August 26 with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $14,550, plus a destination and handling charge of $670, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. The Fit Sport, equipped with additional premium features, is also set to debut with a starting MSRP2 of $16,060, plus destination and handling.

The Fit is designed to lead the subcompact segment with a quality feel and a multi-functional interior. The Fit has become more refined for 2009 with a sportier demeanor through improved suspension, steering and body rigidity enhancements; an improved rear Magic Seat®; and a high level of standard safety equipment, including the addition of the Advanced Compatibility Engineering, (ACE,) body structure and front seat active head restraints. A new, more powerful 117-horsepower, 1.5-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine further improves the Fit's high-revving, fun-to-drive character.

"With the all-new Fit, Honda is offering premium features and advanced technology within a high-function, small vehicle package," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda. "Customers who choose the Fit are choosing superior refinement and premium quality, along with value and economy."

Dimensionally compact on the outside with an overall length of 161.6 inches, the interior provides a surprisingly spacious passenger volume of 90.8 cubic feet and a rear cargo volume of 20.6 cubic feet. The seats offer multiple seating and cargo-carrying configurations - tall object mode, long object mode and utility mode - in addition to the standard five-passenger mode.

An improved rear Magic Seat provides one-motion dive-down functionality without having to remove the rear seat head restraints to folds flat into the floor, creating a rear cargo volume of 57.3 cubic feet. Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, dual front-side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) and side-curtain airbags are standard equipment on all models.

The engine produces 117 horsepower at 6600 rpm and 106 lb-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard and a 5-speed automatic transmission is available. Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow for manual gear selection on the Fit Sport equipped with the available automatic transmission. The Fit equipped with the available automatic transmission achieves an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 28/35 miles per gallon. The Fit with a manual transmission and Fit Sport with either a manual or the available automatic transmission achieve an EPA city/highway fuel economy rating1 of 27/33 miles per gallon.

The Fit comes with standard amenities such as air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers, MP3/WMA playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), auxiliary audio input jack, power windows, power mirrors and power door locks. The Fit Sport adds alloy wheels, an underbody aero kit, rear roofline spoiler, fog lights, security system with keyless remote entry and cruise control. The Fit Sport audio system provides six speakers, a five-mode equalizer and a USB Audio Interface .

For the first time, the Fit is available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition on the Fit Sport, featuring a 6.5-inch screen and more than 7 million points of interest. Models equipped with the navigation system also include Vehicle Stability Assist, (VSA®), also known as electronic stability control.

The front MacPherson strut suspension and torsion beam rear suspension settings are tuned to provide a sporty, solid and dynamic driving experience. Upgraded by 1-inch on each model, larger 15- and 16-inch wheels (Fit and Fit Sport respectively) are shod with 175/65 R15 84S (Fit) and 185/55 R16 83H (Fit Sport) tires. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) uses 10.3-inch ventilated discs in the front and 7.9-inch drums in the rear.


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