Honda‘s Civic Si sports coupe is back for 2012, and while it may not have gained much in the horsepower stakes, the car’s one great performance shortcoming – a lack of torque – has been remedied with a new 2.4L engine that makes 31 more lb-ft of torque than the outgoing 2.0L motor.
The Civic Si now displaces 201 horsepower (a gain of 4 ponies) and 170 lb-ft of torque. Peak power is a lofty 7000 rpm, like any self-respecting Honda engine should produce, but peak torque comes at 4300 rpm, making it much more accessible in everyday situations. Returning are a 6-speed manual transmission and a mechanical limited slip differential, a combo beloved by everyone who drove the Civic Si around a racetrack.
ABS and stability control will be standard, as well a 360-watt sound system for bumping bass-heavy tunes. An XM sattelite receiver, iPod interface and Bluetooth capability will be standard as well – let’s face it, for many buyers, this aspect matters just as much as a limited-slip diff, and Honda is well aware of it. Those tech goodies come all wrapped up in a nifty new i-MID telematics system with a 5-inch screen in the dash and easy to use 5-way controller on the steering wheel. A navigation system with a 6.5″ display is optional.
The Civic Si will be available in both sedan and coupe body styles when it goes on sale priced from $22,205 for the Coupe and $22,405 for the sedan.
Read AutoGuide’s 2012 Honda Civic Si reveiw here.
GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Si
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