Honda Civic

Honda Civic

  Launched in 2006, the Civic comes with a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. You also get a Hybrid version with a 1.3 i-VTEC engine and an Integrated Motor Assist. The Civic comes with both a manual and automatic gearbox but there is no diesel engine option. Its competitors are the Toyota Corolla Altis, Renault Fluence and the Chevrolet Cruze.

If you want to talk about taking a mild-mannered 2012 Honda Civic Si and tuning it up to a whole new level, you might have found the car that will serve as inspiration for your over-the-top fantasies. Bisimoto Engineering, an aftermarket company based in Ontario, California and run by Bisi Ezerioha, has prepared a completely modified Civic Si for the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

You know how there are always those cars in SEMA that just blow you away because of the sheer audacity and lunacy behind its program? This is one of them, and for all the right, albeit crazy, reasons. Bisimoto designed this car to be the ultimate-do-everything racer. It can drag race, it can hit the touring scene, and it can even do a little time-attack. So how is it capable of all that considering that the stock version of the Civic Si "only" carries a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 201 horsepower?

To address that, Bisimoto Engineering dropped a huge Turbonetics turbocharger to the Civic SI’s powertrain, resulting in a complete shattering of minds horsepower output to the tune of 1,004 ponies. On top of that, the car also received a fancy exterior graphics design, a comprehensive body kit program, and a retooled interior that includes a full body roll cage.

Check out the man himself, Bisi Ezerioha, talk about his prized creation by clicking on the photo above.

With the recent unveiling of the ninth generation Civic in early 2011, there’s was no doubt in our minds that Honda would make the coupe its SEMA star. Among the many other cool packages Honda displayed in Vegas, the Compass360 Racing HPD Civic Si Coupe Racecar sat gleaming in its tri-color scheme.

The work on the Compass360 Racing HPD started earlier this year with the Civic bodies-in-white, a program that offers a significant cost and labor savings to race teams. This program offers teams a bare bones chassis to eliminate the time and money spent on breaking down production models for racing. Sales of the body-in-white shells began in July 2011, and HPD has delivered a number of them to licensed race teams thus far, each priced at $3,500.

Since the program began, the company has been busy working on this Compass360 Racing prototype that provides details on the company’s new racing performance parts program specifically designed for the 2012 Civic. These racing parts are tailored for use in the SCCA World Challenge and Grand Am’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. They will be available early in 2012, and full details and pricing will be released at that time.

Honda isn’t leaving any stones unturned with their Honda Civic Si line-up at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show where they’re presenting a steady diet of custom-modded Civics ranging from the mildly customized all the way to the purely insane. The Civic Si Coupe by Honda Factory Performance falls in the in-between. The model, which has been fitted with a limited edition HFP package, will be limited to only 500 kits that are now on sale at Honda dealers across the country.

Anybody who’s interested in the program will receive a program that includes a full HFP aerodynamic body kit; high-performance springs that reduce the car’s overall ride height by 15 mm; high-performance dampers tuned for enhanced road handling and decreased body roll; and, a set of 18" HFP alloy wheels. Inside the Civic Si Coupe, HFP outfitted the interior with red ambient interior illumination, HFP carpet floor mats, and HFP emblems.

The car that’s currently on display at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show will give you a pretty good idea on all the custom parts available on the Civic Si Coupe HFP. Be sure to check it out, and if you’re interested, scoop up one of the 500 kits available before they sell out.

By far the tamest of all the Honda Civics being displayed at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show is the Civic Sedan by Honda Factory Performance. It doesn’t come with any unique graphics and doesn’t have a monster under its hood, but what it does is prove that you can have your cake and eat it too. Short of saying, performance and style can still be had, even if you’re driving a sedan.

Among the modifications given to this Civic, include a rear spoiler, splash guards, a cargo net, cargo hooks, a trunk tray, all-season floor mats, and a set of 18" Honda Factory Performance alloy wheels. The program, which comprises mostly of Honda Genuine Accessories and built by the boys of HFP, will come with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty - just like the car itself - if the program is purchased and installed at the same time of new vehicle purchase.

Chances are, this particular program will translate to a lot of orders real soon, especially after it was proudly displayed at an event the stature of SEMA.

It seems that this year’s SEMA Auto Show has kept Tjin Edition pretty busy the past couple of months. Next to a special Ford Mustang GT 5.0 and a Ford Explorer, the tuner has also displayed in Las Vegas a Honda Civic SI developed in cooperation with Honda North America.

According to the tuner, this particular Civic SI was developed with form, function and family in mind. The first thing you will notice about the car is a special Wraptivo wrap done by the guys at Daley Visual. Apparently, this wrap was the last roll in existence making the Civic SI even more impressive. Next to it there will also be a set of 19″ Rotiform Concave BLQ wheels. The Civic’s center of gravity is brought down via Function and Form fully adjustable coilovers, and tucked away behind the concave wheels are a set of Baer brakes.

After its debut in SEMA, the car will tour the country via the 2012 Tjin Edition RoadShow.

UPDATE: 11/01/11: This review has been updated with official photos

UPDATE 11/07/2011: We have added live images from the SEMA Show. Find them in the picture gallery.

Now that the clock has finally run out and just hours away from the first showing of Fast Five - the fifth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise - we felt like it’s the right time to give proper respect to the characters that have made this movie franchise as fun as it has been since the first movie came out in 2001.

And if you think that we’re talking about resident leading men, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, guess again. This list has very little to do with them, or their other co-stars for that matter, but more so about what they were driving during the first four movies. Yes, dear friends. This is a list to honor the Top 10 cars of the Fast and Furious franchise!

Do take note that we compiled this list based on our opinions so if you have any sort of reaction on the cars we chose and the number we gave them, you have the floor in the comments section to let us hear about it.

Hit the jump to check out our list.

Of all the Civic models Honda introduced at the New York Auto Show, the most powerful of them is the Civic SI . Coming in both sedan and coupe form, the Civic SI represents the next-generation of high-powered Civics that prioritize the performance potential of the Civic platform.

The most telling improvement of the next-generation Civic SI lies in the powertrain where it improves from the past model’s 2.0-liter engine to a more powerful 2.4-liter engine with 201 horsepower and 170 lb/ft of torque. This year’s numbers are up by 4 horsepower and 31 lb/ft of torque compared to the 2011 model.

The Civic SI represents the sporty side of the Civic series, one that puts a premium on performance over anything else and it’s evidenced by the impressive improvement in torque numbers compared to the previous year’s model.

"The broadened torque band of the 2012 model increases its appeal as a daily driver while adding a new dimension of mid-range performance," said John Mendel, the company’s executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Details on the Honda Civic SI after the jump.

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Throughout the past several weeks the economy of the United States and other large importers of oil have struggled to maintain positive amidst the turmoil in the middle-east. Civil unrest and pressure have led to a decrease in oil production and increase in the price for a single barrel. We have seen prices reach the $100 mark and beyond, and there are no signs of a ceiling.

These two year highs for the price of crude oil have led to OPEC releasing more supplies from our reserves, but it has not quelled the price hike. California is currently suffering from the highest prices nationwide and they have reached within a cent of $4.00 per gallon for regular unleaded. This has put added strain on a struggling economic environment for many people and, if this continues, it will drag our economy further down. With cars like the Toyota Prius and other hybrids hitting the market every week, it is good to see that the manufacturers are realizing that gasoline will not be the answer to our future problems.

The major auto shows and car introductions across the world, including the biggest in the United States, Detroit, are where auto manufacturers try to sell the public hot-air. Most of the amazing and futuristic concept cars are so far on the other side of being a production possibility they might as well be alien. The recent economic climate across the world has shifted the car companies in a new direction and the consumer continues to pull them even further. People are eager for cars that are economical and exciting – most people enjoy driving, just not having to pay $4.00 per gallon to do it.

The British market is once again receiving a pretty cool car: a limited edition Honda Civic TI. There will only be 500 units built, with sales beginning in March 2011 at a price of £15,995 for the 1.4 i-VTEC and £16,995 for the 1.8 variant.

The new Civic TI is inspired by this season’s Honda Racing British Touring Car challenger and comes painted in Premium White Pearl contrasting with matte black wheels and ‘GP’ body kit finished in Crystal Black. The body kit includes: front spoiler, rear spoiler (finished in white), side skirt inserts and rear body skirts.

For the interior, the new Ti model is offering Pioneer Navigation Multimedia System, which offers full-scale sat nav, entertainment and communication with a 3D graphic touch screen. The navigation system includes a map database covering 44 countries, multiple sensors to ensure more accurate positioning, a traffic message channel receiver to avoid traffic jams and a hands free telephone system. It also plays CD, DVD, iPod, iPhone and USB devices, with on-screen controls.

The Honda Civic has been around for what seems like ages, from the first generation in 1973 to the eighth generation which began in 2006, and now Honda’s little star sedan is entering its ninth generation with a couple more variants for the 2012MY.

We first saw this new generation Civic in concept form at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, and now the 2012 Honda Civic is getting an "HF" high fuel economy and a hybrid version for its lineup that will allow the Civic to become one of the most efficient models on the market, with an economy estimated at 40 mpg. The full lineup will includes these two new models, plus the sedan and coupe versions with conventional gasoline engines, two sporty "Si" performance versions, and a natural gas alternative-fuel variant.

"The Civic is the only model in the industry that can deliver on all fronts – fuel economy, sporty performance, smart packaging, alternative fuel and long-term value," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales for American Honda Motor Co.,Inc. "For the ninth-generation Civic, we are emphasizing improved fuel economy across the board, from the hybrid sedan to the sporty Si model."

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Honda Civic.

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