Honda Civic Millenium Edition is the fastest in 1.6L category!
As far as i know.. there is not much of a difference between 96-98 & 99-00 except the rear lights and front bumper!
Although they have same engines.. but still 99-00 is the fastest!
i have both 97 Civic(sold now) and 00' Civic (my baby ) !
97 was quiet slow compared to my 00! :S