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|2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe Review & Test Drive||
The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Si coupe is the 9th generation of one of the company’s most popular vehicles. New features include improvements to refinement, increased fuel economy, the addition of interactive technologies for personalization and convenience, along with enhancements to performance, ride and interior packaging.
Beneath the aerodynamic skin of the all-new 2012 Civic Si is Honda’s commitment to its foundation pillars of safety, fun-to-drive performance, style, comfort, convenience, durability and refinement. The end result is a vehicle that is not only a smart decision when new, but also provides long-term joy of ownership unique to this class of vehicle. The all-new Civic Si has all of these traits and more- sporty cues inside and outside and higher performance levels.
As a new interpretation of the current Civic’s iconic ‘one-motion’ mono-form shape, the 2012 Civic Si coupe is designed to convey an even more substantial, high-energy appearance. The exterior styling showcases the clean-yet powerful bodylines with sleekly angled windshield pillars, a wide stance and pronounced character lines along the profile. The look of the Si conveys an aggressive attitude with a more angular front fascia, dual mesh grille, sleek cat’s-eye headlamp clusters, foglamps, and a tapered rear roofline that flows smoothly into the trunk. Besides hidden aerodynamic features such as a flat-bottom unit-body construction, new flat under-floor, and precisely placed aero strakes that help achieve excellent fuel economy, the Si coupe features deeper side extensions, front spoiler, a hidden rear diffuser and a unique rear spoiler to enhance stability at high speeds. The large, single exhaust finisher shows that this new Si is powerful and fast.
That is because the all-new 2012 Civic Si is powered by a new 2.4 liter inline 4-cylinder engine that is the largest and most powerful of any Civic. The dual overhead cam engine is an all-aluminum design with cast-in iron liners for light weight and durability that uses four valves per cylinder, a high-performance version of the intelligent valve-control system (i-VETC) and a specially tuned high-volume intake manifold along with a high-flow backpressure exhaust system with a sport sound. This new larger displacement engine in the Si delivers peak power at a more accessible 7,000 rpm compared to the previous Si engine’s 7,800 rpm power peak. The engine’s increased displacement results in a substantial 22% increase in peak torque. The new 170 lb.ft. rating occurs at just 4,400 rpm, 1,700 rpm lower than the previous engine’s 139 lb.ft. at 6,100 rpm. Even with its increase in displacement, horsepower and torque, the all-new Civic Si coupe has an estimated EPA city rating of 22 mpg and increases high fuel economy with a rating of 31 mpg. In addition, the Civic Si engine meets strict Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV-2) emissions standards.
The Civic Si is available exclusively with a super-smooth shifting 6-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter that feels like you are slicing through butter with a hot knife. Designed to be compact and lightweight, the 6-speed has also been engineered to provide quick and precise shift action. The car also includes a clutch with a torsion mechanism that enhances refinement in terms of engagement and feel-it does just that, as I never missed a shift-even starting out in first gear! Get-up-and-go were excellent with a standard Helical-type limited-slip differential that helps blast the all-new Civic Si coupe out to 60 mph in just 5.7 sec. The new Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Rack & Pinion steering system gives you quick response to your inputs, lightens-up in slower speeds and gives an excellent feedback of surface.
Handing is lighter and much improved in the all-new Si with a MacPherson strut front and a multi-link rear suspension. The setups include front and rear high-performance springs, dampers with 18 mm front 15 mm stabilizer bars that make this Si handle like you are driving on rails. The MacPherson strut front suspension is engineered to provide spirited performance and a responsive feel. Specially tuned bushings along with performance calibrated geometry ensure optimal wheel alignment while turning for a solid and smooth handling feel. The multi-link rear suspension includes stamped-steel upper A-arms, cast aluminum links, coil-over dampers. This setup provides excellent handling together with a flatter ride and exceptional control of noise, vibration and harshness. Enhancing the handling prowess are standard vehicle stability control and traction control as well as the standard ABS brakes all working to help you maintain control on the straights at high speeds and during hard cornering. The lighter curb weight of just 2,877 lbs. also enhances the more neutral handling feel. Helping to mitigate the dreaded understeer and oversteer is the Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system working with the standard Vehicle Stability Assist system. Working together the system prompts you to not turn the steering too far in an effort to mitigate understeer, and the system corrects the steering inputs to mitigate oversteer and help you trace the intended path of travel through a curve. These systems are the first use in a Honda sold in North America.
The all-new 2012 Civic Si coupe rides on lightweight 17X7 in. aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with Michelin 215/45ZR17 in. high-performance tires for excellent grip and a smooth and quiet ride.
Slowing the new Si coupe down from speed are larger and stronger, 4-wheel steel disc brakes. Up front are 11.8 in. vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers while 10.2 in. solid discs in the rear are clamped with single-piston calipers. Standard EBD and BA help you maintain control during severe braking maneuvers.
Inside, the all-new Civic Si Coupe is newly creative and expressive, roomy and practical-it is as impressive as the new body design-while featuring a bold and advanced instrument layout that’s unlike anything in the segment. The new Civic interior builds on the already sophisticated design of the current generation Civic by adopting a ‘smart interface’ approach. With this approach, the interior is divided into different areas, with the key instrument displays (such as vehicle speed) located exceptionally high up and above the leather-wrapped/tilt/telescoping/3-spoke steering wheel, close to your line of sight. Secondary information (rpm) is located lower in the area, visible through the steering wheel. A third area to your right groups controls that are not essential to driving. Overall, the controls are clear and easy to operate, with a cleanly simple layout and highly intuitive operation. Crisp, smart and fresh, the new Civic Si’s interior is a careful blend of both form and function. All the shapes, textures and colors work together to create a welcoming contemporary environment that is both visually and tactilely rewarding. Everything you need is close at hand and logically placed, but not at the expense of the overall openness of the cabin. The materials and finishes are as carefully selected as the equipment features. Distinct upper and lower areas of the instrument panel have their own materials that create visual zones that add beauty and richness. I have heard some complaints from other auto journalists that the instrument panel is too hard but I found nothing out-of-bounds in the new Civic Si. Remember that this is a personal performance coupe, not intended for family driving pleasure and other uses where you would like softer to the touch materials.
The Si model gets special firmly bolstered sport bucket seats with red stitching and Si embroidery. There is also a sequential Rev-limit indicator on the instrument cluster, a power monitor display, unique i-MID screen, leather steering wheel, aluminum shift knob with leather trim, textured aluminum foot pedals and red backlit instrumentation to give the Si an even more sporty touch.
Standard equipment in the new 2012 Civic Si not mentioned above include 360-watt AM-FM-CD premium audio system with 7-speakers including a subwoofer and MP3/WMA playback, Bluetooth hands free phone, Bluetooth audio, USB audio interface, Intelligent Multi-Information display, A/C with air filtration, driver’s seat height adjustment, front center console with dual cupholders/storage bin, 60/40-split folding rear bench, power windows/door locks, dual map lights, grab handles above each door, 12-volt power plug, cruise control, variable speed wipers/washers, floor mats with SI embroidery and a Maintenance Minder system.
Standard safety features include driver/front passenger dual-stage airbags, driver/front passenger side airbags, side curtain airbags, 3-point safety belts with front seat pretensioners, tire pressure monitoring system, side impact door beams, front/rear crumple zones, daytime running lights and the LATCH system for child seats.
The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Si is one of the best priced two-door performance coupes on sale today. Priced from only $22,205.00 it will keep any enthusiast happy to be the owner of one of Honda’s best automobiles.
COPYRIGHT: 2012: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: Base Civic Si Coupe $22,205
- Engine: 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder DOHC 201 horsepower @ 7000 rpm / 170 ft-lbs. torque @ 4400 rpm
- Wheelbase: 103.2 in.
- Total length: 175.5 in.
- Total width: 69 in.
- Total height: 55 in.
- Track: f/r-59/59 in.
- Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
- Headroom: f/r-37.7/34 in.
- Legroom: f/r-42.2/30.8 in.
- Passenger volume: 82.6 cu.ft.
- Cargo volume: 11.7 cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 2,877 lbs.
- 0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
|Honda Shows You How To Build A World Challenge Race Car: Video||
Let’s get this out of the way up front: while we were huge fans of the last generation Honda Civic Si, we simply can’t warm up to the latest generation, now fitted with the 2.4-liter four from the Acura TSX. While we’re sure the new generation will prove to be plenty reliable, there was a magic in the previous generation car that’s simply lacking in the new one. The 2.0-liter Civic Si simply begged to be driven hard, while the new car just seems to put up with it. We always hated giving the keys back on earlier Si models, but frankly we couldn’t wait to get the new version out of our driveway.
Honda’s heard the complaints, and we sincerely hope they’re addressing the new Si’s shortcomings. In the mean time, Honda wants to remind you that it still races cars, including the Civic Si, in series like the SCCA’s World Challenge. Building a race car for Touring Class competition is fairly straightforward, since rule books specify needed safety features and allowed modifications to engine, suspension and brakes. Disassemble the car, weld in a cage, bolt the needed pieces back together and you’re good to go.
While the message the video tries to deliver is “the Honda Civic Si you can buy at a dealer is nearly the same as the Civic Si we race,” nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps if we drove a Civic Si with a Honda Performance Development race engine, suspension and brakes, we’d feel differently, but we haven’t had that opportunity.
If you’re in the market for a Civic Si, take our advice: find the cleanest used 2011 to 2006 you can. It will put a smile on your face every time you get behind the wheel, which is something we can’t say for the current car.
|2012 Honda Civic Si Review & Test Drive||
The all-new redesigned Honda Civic continues a tradition that has been instilled in the Japanese compact car segment for many decades now. The all-new Civic Si, the top-of-the-line performance oriented trim level for the Civic, aims to improve upon a formula with a bigger 2.4-liter engine under the hood of a style that has only been subtly changed.
I remember when the Civic Si made a big reemergence stateside back in 1999 after a hiatus from the Civic Si hatchback’s demise in 95’. Making a big splash with the B16A Dual Overhead Cam 4-banger engine and a 5-speed manual transmission to die for, the Civic Si was a dream for the so-called ‘street racer’ at the time. Now comes the all-new 2012 Civic Si with a 2.4-liter DOHC VTEC engine generating more power than all previous years, 201 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 170 pound-feet of torque at 4,300 rpm. Horsepower is up about 4% while the torque is up 22% and available at a much lower rpm than the outgoing 2.0-liter powermill. This means you do not have to rev the Honda 4-banger to infinity before it generates some decent pulling power.
The new 2012 Civic Si is placed on a pedestal among other contenders when buyers are looking for that one trim level that outshines the rest in the performance arena. The Civic Si proudly wears its Si badge proving that it is king of all Civics. The Honda Civic entering into its 9th generation remains to be a benchmark for sport compacts but at the same time has created a very big shoe to keep filled. Others have attempted to fill the same shoe and have succeeded warranting a photo finish right next to the Civic.
The all-new 2012 Honda Civic Si is a much-improved vehicle over its predecessor. At the heart of the new Civic Si is a much-needed powerplant improvement for the sake of Honda’s sporty compact car evolution. Unfortunately that growth fails to evolve much in other areas such as the new 2012 Civic Si’s styling. For 2012 the Civic’s styling receives only minor changes where onlookers and even some enthusiasts have a hard time differentiating the older Civic from the new 2012 model. Moreover, interior bits have only been freshened up a bit stretching the idea that the new Civic is really something “new”.
Despite the new Civic lacking a full redesign in the eyes of consumers, the new 2012 Civic Si still embodies basic Honda performance principles. For one, the new Civic Si still screams especially during the i-VTEC rpm levels from 5000 rpm to just over 7000 rpm. The dashboard cluster VTEC indicator comes in stages alerting the driver of VTEC engagement. The butter-smooth 6-speed manual transmission is direct and precise which allowed me to easily and quickly row through the gears like it was second nature next to breathing. The clutch is a bit soft but gives you just enough feedback to quickly land each gear and easily rev-match downshifts. It was never any doubt that I was driving a Honda even if I was blindfolded.
The new 2012 Honda Civic Si is its own exclusive trim level available in coupe or sedan. The Civic Si receives on the outside 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in P215/45R17 all-season tires, fog lights, front/rear spoilers, chrome exhaust tip and a limited-slip differential for the front-drive wheels. The inside of the all-new Civic Si receives all of the Civic EX trim level’s equipment in addition to a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, front sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, red backlit gauges w/ Si logos, aluminum shift knob and a nifty power meter displayed in the gauge cluster’s information LCD readout.
Performing several hard acceleration runs in my Civic Si sedan test vehicle I was able to make a best 0-60mph time of 6.8 seconds. Although that isn’t anything near exotic car speeds, the Civic Si at least keeps up with the VW GTI and Mini Cooper S. The new Civic Si’s handling abilities are slightly improved thanks to higher spring rates and firmer dampening than previous generations. The electric steering rack is rather competent with good feedback possibly thanks to the limited slip differential.
Inside of the all-new 2012 Civic Si is a cabin sometimes invaded with the buzz of the 4-cylinder engine but provides plenty of comfortable space for even tall adults. The front seating positioning is excellent giving the driver good visibility while properly sitting upright in the sport bucket seats. Dashboard controls take a bit to get used to with the tachometer being separated from the mph and information LCD displays. For instance, having the tachometer in the center, but mounted lower than the rest of the cluster, is ideally logical but takes a while to get fully accustomed to. Navigating the information LCD is quite entertaining while at the same time can be cumbersome figuring out if the steering wheel mounted controls will toggle to different screens. Once everything is all figured out, the information LCD screen proves to be somewhat beneficial with the exception of the power meter, which seems to be a gimmick if you are not in full VTEC rpm levels.
Advanced safety features are a common expectation in virtually all vehicles sold now days. The new 2012 Civic Si incorporates all of the expected safety features as well as an enthusiast praised stability control system, which is one of the least intrusive systems that I have experienced in a compact vehicle. The stability control lets the Civic Si slip out and front wheels spin for a second or two before stepping in. With the added torque of the new Civic Si, one would actually want the stability control to allow you to have a little fun. The new Civic Si is actually a blast to drive around town especially when you have more low-end power to utilize from the larger VTEC-screaming 2.4-liter engine.
The new Honda Civic Si undoubtedly has a stiff competition. At one time the Civic Si dominated its segment for those wanting a bit more performance out of their sport compact vehicle. For 2012, the all-new Civic Si has become a secondary choice instead of the obvious pick of the bunch. With that said, the more powerful 2012 Civic Si is still a viable choice for the sport compact car enthusiast even if it has not set any new obvious aesthetic trends in its latest redesign.
The new 2012 Civic Si is nicely priced at $22,955 for the coupe and $23,155 for my Civic Si sedan test vehicle without the navigation package (additional $1,500).
Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base Civic Si Coupe $22,955 / As-Tested Civic Si Sedan $23,155
- Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC 16-Valve inline 4-cylinder 201 horsepower @ 7000 rpm / 170 ft-lbs. torque @ 4400 rpm
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- Drive: Front-wheel-drive
- Wheelbase: 103.1in.
- Total length: 176.1in.
- Total width: 69.0in.
- Total height: 55.0in.
- Track: f/r-59.0/59.9in.
- Headroom: f/r-37.7/34.3.in.
- Legroom: f/r-42.2/30.8in.
- Fuel tank: 13.2 gallons
- Turning circle: 35.4ft.
- Interior volume: 94.3cu.ft.
- Curb weight: 2,877 lbs.
- 0-60mph: 6.8 seconds
- EPA mileage: 22mpg/city, 31mpg/highway
|InsideLine Tests The New Honda Civic Si||
I have a confession to make: the outgoing Civic Si was one of my favorite cars, especially in its price point. The performance was reasonable and the handling halfway decent, but the driving experience was always greater than the sum of the parts. The car felt faster and more nimble than it really was, and the six speed gearbox used by Honda was among the smoothest on the market, in any price range. If Honda can put a smooth and precise gearbox in a $23,000 car, why can Porsche do the same in a car that stickers for five times the price? When Honda announced that they were dropping the 2.4-liter engine from the Acura TSX into the 2012 Civic Si, I thought it would make a good car noticeably better. Since I haven’t driven the new Civic Si yet, for now we’ll have to go with the opinions of Edmund’s InsideLine, so watch their video review below.
On paper, the difference between the 2011 and 2012 Civic Si’s isn’t all that impressive. The new car picks up four horsepower, but it does gain 31 more foot-pounds of torque. That translates to improved performance, but the difference isn’t as significant as what I’d hoped for, especially since the 2012 Si is 18 pounds lighter than the 2011 version. By way of example, the 2011 Civic Si managed the 0 to 60 sprint in 7.1 seconds; the 2012 car does it in 6.9 seconds, just 0.2 seconds quicker. The transition to VTEC is less pronounced in the new car, to the point where Honda includes a series of LEDs to show that VTEC is engaging. Oddly enough, the fuel economy is up for 2012, and the Civic Si now gets a combined city and highway average of 25 mpg (1 mpg better than last year).
The Civic Si has always been about the driving experience, not about how the specs play out on a sheet of paper. A lot of people have dissed Honda lately for moving away from their fan base, but I’ll reserve judgement until I have a chance to drive the new Civic Si. If it’s as good as the last one, there may be hope for Honda yet.