Honda revealed today seven modified 2012 Civic SI Coupes and Sedans at the 2011 SEMA Show and promises to make quite a buzz. As expected, the most important addition is a 2012 Civic Si Coupe equipped with a limited-edition Honda Factory Performance (HFP) package. Limited to just 500 complete kits, the new car will go on sale today at all the Honda dealers in the United States, so if you want one you’d better hurry up!
According to the Japanese manufacturer, the package includes high-performance springs, reducing ride height by 15 mm; high-performance dampers tuned for enhanced road handling and decreased body roll; 18x7 inch HFP Alloy Wheels; full HFP aerodynamic body kit; HFP carpet floor mats; red ambient interior illumination; and, HFP emblems. All the parts will match each of the seven colors available on the Civic Si Coupe.
“The Honda Civic was instrumental in the first import-tuner movement in the U.S. during the ‘80s,” said Bruce Smith, vice president of Service and Technical Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The all-new Civic Si builds on that proud history by offering inspiring performance, improved fuel economy and a great platform for personalization.”
An official preview of the how the ninth-generation of the Honda Civic will look and feel like could be found at the 2011 North American International Auto Show, in the persona of the Honda Civic Si Concept coupe and Honda Civic Concept sedan. Honda will commence sales of the next generation 2012 Honda Civic in spring. John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda, remarked that the newest model builds on the legacy of the Civic, even promising to be the best version yet.
He recalled that the Civic is known for delivering a balance of 'just-right' packaging, excellent fuel economy and fun-to-drive character -- all at a very affordable price. Honda’s goal for the first-generation car was for it to become a "Civic for all people."
A renewed interpretation of this vision is what guided the development and creation of the 2012 Civic. This meant that the new 2012 Civic lineup should be diverse enough to meet the needs of an ever-increasing group of customers preferring compact vehicles. This was achieved by offering a wide array of engines.
For instance, the Civic comes in different versions: a sedan and a coupe powered by conventional gasoline engines; two "Si" performance variants; a hybrid model; and a version powered by natural gas. This compelling depth of the range demonstrates the Civic’s ability to offer a great balance between performance, fuel economy and low emissions.
Moreover, the ninth-generation Civic embodies a new interpretation of the current Civic's iconic "one-motion" mono-form shape, allowing it to convey a significant and high-energy look. Both the coupe and sedan concepts of the Honda Civic provides glimpse of their wide stances, raked windshields, clean yet dynamic lines, and prominent character lines along the profile.