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 |  Apr 12 2012, 11:02 AM

Sounds too good to be true? Well if you’re a racer the news is probably music to your ears. Recognizing how popular the Civic Si has become in motorsport circles, particularly road racing, Honda Racing displayed a 2012 body-in-white Civic Si at SEMA last year and is now offering them up for $3500 a piece.

Following on from a practice used by other automakers, the body-in-white program is available exclusively to bona fide racers, and enables them to get a basic shell along with suspension, differential, brakes and a toe strap.  It’s then up to them to add the rest such as the engine, gearbox, roll cage, instruments, seat, harness and other necessary equipment.

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 |  Dec 22 2011, 9:45 AM

Just as Honda announced it’ll be refreshing the Civic for next year, hoping everyone will quickly forget about the 2012 model, Consumer Reports goes and gives the 2012 Honda Civic Si a “Recommended” rating in its latest report.

Now let’s keep in mind that Consumer Reports were one of the first outlets to give the 2012 Civic such low ratings. In fact, they reiterated their thoughts on the base model Civic by saying “while other models like the Hyundai Elantra have gotten better after being redesigned, the Honda Civic has dropped so much that now it ranks near the bottom of its category.”

But the base model Civic isn’t the one that sports the 2.4L, 201-hp powerplant. In fact, our review of the Si was favorable – read the review here – and Consumer Reports agrees that the Si offers “terrific acceleration” more low-end torque and a slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox. As a result, the Si model scored much better than the base model awarding it the Recommended title from Consumer Reports.

Funny enough, the publication still believes that while “the Civic Si has a great powertrain, it needs a better car wrapped around it.”

GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Si

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Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Civic Si vs. MazdaSpeed3 Shootout

 |  Nov 01 2011, 10:08 AM

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As expected, the focus on Honda’s SEMA Show display this year is its all-new 2012 Civic - the Si in particular. Rather than display dozens of cars like in the past, Honda has chosen just a select few tuners to create the most wildly modified Civics they could dream up.

Stealing the show at the Honda booth is the Fox Marketing car. The team at Fox Marketing has been building SEMA Show cars for years (perhaps decades) and this might just be the most extreme example yet – although apart from the oversized 20-inch Vossen wheels, it might just be the team’s cleanest. Of note on the car, apart from the obvious custom widebody and aero kit provided from CarBodyKits.com, the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine has been tuned to make 450-hp. And for a touch of trivia, the turbo used to generate all that power is the very same one used on Honda’s LMP1/LMP2 race programs as well as on the 2012 IndyCar engines.

Next up is the Bisimoto car, taking Honda’s “a Civic for everyone” approach and applying it to the race track. While Honda says there’s a Civic for everyone, ranging from young males who want a fun-to-drive Si, to a hybrid for the granola types, Bisimoto has designed this show car to serve triple-duty as time attack car, a touring car and as a drag racer. And in true over-the-top SEMA style, it makes 1,004-hp.

Sitting between the two wildly modified cars on the show floor is a mildly customized Civic Si sedan, built using Genuine Honda Accessories and some custom Honda Factory Performance wheels. Plus, it’s been wrapped by Wraptivo in a matte-silver to help it fit in at SEMA.

In addition to these cars, Honda is displaying several CR-Z models and a supercharged Accord. Two cars are still kept under wraps, but out spies have uncovered that one is a Compass 360 race car, while the other is the 2012 Civic Si HFP, a factory modified version sporting a more aggressive aero kit, larger 18-inch wheels and an upgraded suspension.

GALLERY: Fox Marketing 2012 Honda Civic Si

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GALLERY: Bisimoto 2012 Civic Si

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GALLERY: Custom Honda Civic Si Sedan

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Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Civic Si Review

Discuss this story at 9thGenCivic.com and see AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show coverage here

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 |  Oct 31 2011, 6:59 PM

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The 2011 SEMA Show isn’t officially open yet but we’ve obtained a few snap shots of one of the two Honda‘s being kept under wraps. Called the 2012 Civic Si HFP this more hard-edged version of the new Si might just be the car enthusiasts were hoping for.

While the list of the modifications includes such trivialities as floor mats and LED lights, there are some important changes that are sure to appeal to the enthusiast crowd. For starters, there’s a more aggressive aero kit – something this car desperately needed. But most importantly there’s a HFP suspension setup (the exact specs of which aren’t yet known), plus the car gets larger 18-inch wheels with some 215/40/18 Yokohama tires. These updates should hopefully address some of the complaints we had about the car’s softly spring suspension.

As for the other car, we don’t have any snap shots, but it’s purpose built race car by Honda-backed racing team Compass 360.

GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Si HFP

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Discuss this story at 9thGenCivic.com

 |  Oct 24 2011, 1:00 PM

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With the 2011 SEMA Show just around the corner, we’ve been getting fed tons of teasers and sneak peeks of finished projects that will be making their way to the big aftermarket expo in Las Vegas. But forget teasers, here’s the full reveal of Fox Marketing’s 2012 Honda Civic Si, boasting a wickedly clean widebody and packing over 450-hp thanks to Full-Race’s turbo kit.

The custom widebody and body kit is courtesy of carbodykits.com, while Fox Marketing opted to have the entire body resprayed by BASF’s R-M Ultrasonic Blue Pearl. Handling suspension duties are springs from Road Magnet while SSBC contributed a brake upgrade to the Si Coupe. For wheels, Fox Marketing opted for a custom 20-inch setup from Vossen. CV3 wheels adorn each corner of the project wrapped with Toyo Proxes 4 tires.

On the inside, Yonaka Ronin racing seats found their way inside after being reupholstered with factory Civic Si fabric inserts in the front and the rear. AutoGuide.com will be sure to check out the finished project up close in person starting on November 1st.

GALLERY: Fox Marketing 2012 Honda Civic Si

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See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here

Discuss this story at 9thGenCivic.com

 |  Sep 18 2011, 12:00 PM

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Fox Marketing has built some crazy rides in the past for SEMA, including several widebody Lexus vehicles blending the best of luxury and sport into one attractive package. For this year’s show, it looks as though Fox Marketing has teamed up with Honda to show off what its new 2012 Civic Si can do in the customization department. Several 2012 Civics were handed out by Honda to some of the country’s most well-known builders, and Fox Marketing is the first to disclose some details on what they’ll be doing on theirs.

Fox will be working with Full-Race to make the stock K24 engine pack up to 550-hp thanks to a custom turbo kit. It appears that Fox and Full-Race want to obtain those figures without touching the motor’s internals, which would be a testament to how great the K24 is.

When it arrives at SEMA on November 1st, the exterior will be painted a Sinister Silver paint courtesy of BASF’s R-M line. 13-inch brakes from SSBC will be on all four corners while the car will sport an aggressive stance thanks to a set of SPEC II coilovers from Yonaka.

Until then, check out all the work-in-progress pics below and check out AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show Preview here.

Get more Honda Civic news and info at 9thGenCivic.com

GALLERY: Fox Marketing Widebody 2012 Civic Si

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 |  Jun 28 2011, 11:31 AM

Honda has just released a new video highlighting the many changes to the 2012 Civic Si.

Rather than bore us with chatty engineers, they’ve wrapped the info up in an animated graphic novel-style mini-flick. If you try real hard, you might even be able to discern a plot.

But enough of analyzing the piece like it’s the subject matter of a summer term college course paper, what’s important is that the new Civic gets 201-hp (and a big increase in torque), a new infotainment system, plus a power meter and VTEC light, both of which are gimmicky, but also kind of cool.

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2012 Honda Civic Si Review and watch the video after the jump:

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 |  Apr 20 2011, 9:31 AM

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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.

Unveiled today at the New York Auto Show, see live photos from the reveal here.

Read AutoGuide’s 2012 Honda Civic Si reveiw here.

GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Si

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Discuss the 9th generation Civic Si at 9thGenCivic.com

 |  Apr 19 2011, 7:36 AM

While some general info and photos of Honda‘s new 2012 Civic have already been released ahead of the car’s debut at the New York Auto Show tomorrow, more details have been leaked.

Of note we now not only know the engine’s power, but at what rpm. The new 2.4-liter makes just 4 hp more than the old 2.0 but does so at 800 lower rpm. More significantly, the torque jump of 31 ft-lbs comes on at almost 2000 rpm earlier.

Also revealed in the photos are several interior details including a new Power Monitor that appears to measure what percentage of the engine’s power is being used. An equally cool gimmick is Vtec meter that lets you know when you’re in Vtec and looks to light up as you rev up the engine.

Check out the gallery below and look for even more info and high quality photos when the car is unveiled tomorrow at the New York Auto Show.

GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Si

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Get more news and info on the 2012 Civic at 9thGenCivic.com

 |  Apr 18 2011, 7:28 AM

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Honda will reveal the all-new 9th generation Civic lineup at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday. Totaling six models, the next-generation of the Civic will include a Coupe and Sedan, Si Coupe and Sedan, Hybrid, Natural Gas model and even a high-mpg HF model.

Powered by a 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine, the new Civic comes up just shot of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra with a 39-mpg highway rating compared to the Korean model’s 40-mpg number. Honda is able to achieve this number without direct-injection, a dual-clutch transmission or even six gears. Yup, the 2012 Civic continues to rely on a 5-speed auto-box.

Those looking for improved fuel economy can opt for a special HF model that makes use of special aerodynamic pieces to help deliver 41-mpg highway. Maximum Honda fuel economy is available with a new Civic Hybrid that gets a 4-mpg bump to achieve a 45-mpg combined rating, while those with a penchant for performance can turn to the Civic Si with a larger 2.4-liter 4-cylinder making 200-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.

Look for full details on each car Wednesday, March 20th with AutoGuide’s 2011 NY Auto Show coverage here.

GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Lineup

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Get more news and info on the 2012 Honda Civic at 9thGenCivic.com

 

 |  Mar 08 2011, 1:16 PM

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Honda has already announced its new lineup of 2012 Civic models, but with only limited info and photos. Thanks to some amateur spy photographers and videographers, however, we now have plenty more to see.

Spied during the shooting of a commercial or promo video is the entire lineup of 2012 Civic models, from the coupe and sedan, to the Civic Hybrid and even the Si. Honda has confirmed the Si will get a new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with 200-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, while the Civic Hybrid will boast a lithium-ion battery pack and a 45-mpg average fuel economy rating.

As for the standard coupe and sedan, they will get an impressive, though not-quite class-leading 39-mpg highway rating.

GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Lineup

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Get more news and info on the 2012 Civic lineup at 9thGenCivic.com

See video of the cars after the jump:

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 |  Feb 17 2011, 6:43 PM

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Confirming speculation, Honda has revealed the new 2012 Honda Civic Si with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 200-hp. A slight increase of 3-hp over the outgoing model, the larger displacement engine (by 0.4-liters) makes 170 lb-ft of torque, a more drastic jump of 31 lb-ft.

While perhaps not the massive jump forward that some would like, it’s exactly the engine Honda fans have been calling for for years.

Available as both a coupe and a sedan, Honda is claiming 31-mpg highway for the sports coupe.

Along with the Si, Honda has also revealed the rest of the 2012 Civic lineup, with a 45-mpg Civic Hybrid, Civic Sedan, Coupe, high-mileage HF version and natural-gas powered model.

GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Si

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Get more news and info on the 9th generation Honda Civic at 9thGenCivic.com

Read AutoGuide’s 2012 Honda Civic Si Review here

 |  Jan 01 2011, 12:05 AM

There’s no doubt that 2010 has been a monumentally important year for the auto industry and one worth looking back on. From the Toyota recall crisis, to the success stories at Hyundai and Ford, to the launch of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, there have been no end of major news stories in the automotive sector.

However, 2011 is shaping up to be an equally exciting year, especially when it comes to the actual products, and so rather than a look back at the best of 2010, we thought it best to look ahead at the most anticipated cars that will debut over the next 12 months, starting in just a few weeks at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show.

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 |  May 27 2010, 8:13 AM

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The 9th generation Honda Civic Si performance model may get a big update, moving from the current torque-less 2.0-liter to the 2.4-liter motor currently offered in the Acura TSX. News of this development comes via a source from the well-informed folks at Temple of Vtec, although even they aren’t confident in its credibility. 

The K24 engine currently makes 201-hp and 172 ft-lbs of torque and in the smaller and lighter Civic (presumably offered with either a six-speed transmission) will make for an exciting package. Tuners already know this, with the K24 already established as the “go to” engine for those performing an engine swap. 

Tuners have also discovered that the K24 has a lot more potential in it, meaning we could see a good bump in power over the current output as well.

[Source: Vtec.net]