2012 Honda Civic Si Gets Bigger Engine

The all new Honda Civic, unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, is back with its two-door Civic Si sports variant.

This high-performance Si borrows a muscle-car trick to boost its performance. Si implements a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine, which one could call a "2.4 a big block" as the hot rodders would say.

It's similar to what General Motors did over 45 years ago when it placed a full-sized car engine into its mid-size Pontiac Tempest. This began the GTO and 1960's muscle-car movement. Civic Si produces 201 horsepower, making it the most powerful engine yet in a Civic. Honda says this larger engine has better low-end power, so it will help Si accelerate from a standstill quicker.

Honda Motor Co. also unveiled its lineup of 2012 Civic economy cars at the New York Auto Show. Civic is a major contributor to Honda's overall sales volume. Civic Si goes on sale next month.

2011 Civic sedan and hybrid went on sale this week, and a natural-gas version was announced. Check them out at University Honda in Davis, CA.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2011/04/20/hondas-2012-civic-si-gets-a-bigger-engine/?mod=google_news_blog


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