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Review (2/2)

All-New 2012 Honda Civic Si Adds Power and Features

Source: Honda | Published: Fri Apr 22, 2011

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Driver-Oriented Interior with Advanced Technology Features

Exclusive driver-oriented Civic Si Coupe interior features include firmly bolstered front sport seats and a special Civic Si interior color scheme with red ambient interior lighting. The front seats increase lateral support with firmer side bolsters compared to the other models. As with other Civic models, both of the Civic Si front seats manually recline, and the driver's seat features a manual height adjustment control. Both Civic Si models likewise offer versatile 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks, which allow multiple configurations for passenger seating and cargo storage. A rear-seat center armrest with two beverage holders is included on the Civic Si.

The two-tier instrument panel in the Civic Si exclusively has red-backlit instrumentation. The new Sequential Rev-limit Indicator is located to the left of the speedometer display close to the driver's line of sight, and also includes an i-VTEC indicator. The i-VTEC indicator illuminates when the VTEC system shifts from low to high-rpm cam profiles, and the rev-limit indicator's array of six lights illuminate sequentially as engine speed rises. The first four lights are orange, and the last two are red. The engine is producing maximum power when the second of the two red lights illuminates. The second red light indicates that the maximum rpm of the engine has been reached. An additional feature within the i-MID is the Power Monitor screen, which displays a graphic of the engine and its power output as a percentage ranging between 0 and 100 percent. An instant fuel-mileage indicator also lets drivers keep tabs on fuel economy on a real-time basis.

Both Civic Si models include an AM/FM/CD Premium Audio system with 360 watts total of power and seven speakers, including a pair of front tweeters and an 8-inch subwoofer located in the rear window shelf. The system includes WMA/MP3 audio-file reading capability, on-screen CD and album information, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, speed-sensitive volume control (SVC), XM Radio capability, an auxiliary input jack, a USB audio interface for compatible devices and Bluetooth audio streaming. In addition, the standard Bluetooth HandsFreeLink telephone interface is designed to work with compatible mobile phones. Mobile phone audio files can also be streamed wirelessly.

The available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System has a 6.5-inch display and 16 GB of flash memory in place of the DVD-based system used in the previous generation. The new system allows for simple, intuitive operation and provides more than 10 million points of interest. The navigation system can now overlay FM Traffic data on its maps, a free public resource available in participating major metropolitan areas for traffic congestion, incidents and construction zones.

The voice activation is capable of recognizing numbers, street names and city names, and it can control the audio system.

2.4-Liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder Engine and 6-Speed Manual Transmission

The Civic Si engine is designed to provide spirited acceleration with low exhaust emissions and good fuel economy for a compact vehicle. The 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine is constructed of lightweight aluminum and features a valvetrain system that incorporates dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder (16 valves total). A performance version of Honda's i-VTEC system pairs Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) with Variable Timing Control (VTC). The Civic Si i-VTEC system allows for the production of both low-rpm torque and high-rpm horsepower, which can be a distinct benefit compared to conventional engine designs with fixed valve timing. A high-volume intake manifold and a high-flow, low-backpressure exhaust system elevates the sporty demeanor and aggressive sound of the Civic Si. Dual balance shafts provide exceptional smoothness for a 4-cylinder engine.

Compared to the previous generation, the 20-percent-larger engine displacement contributes to peak power production at 7000 rpm instead of the previous engine's 7800 rpm peak. The increased displacement also contributes to a substantial 22-percent increase in peak torque, now occurring at 4400 rpm, a substantial 1700 rpm lower than the previous engine's 6100 rpm. The result is stronger and more immediate acceleration in a typical city driving environment.

The EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 22/31/25 miles per gallon is 1 mpg higher in the city and 2 mpg higher on the highway compared to the 2011 model. The Civic Si engine also meets stringent Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-2) tailpipe emissions standards.

In keeping with the performance enthusiast mission of the vehicle, a 6-speed manual with a short-throw shifter is the only transmission available. Compact and lightweight, the transmission provides firm and direct shift action. The Civic Si also has a lightweight, high-capacity clutch utilizing a pedal assembly optimized for both low-effort actuation and a broad, smooth engagement band.

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