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200HP Civic Si Concept Points at Future Direction for New 2006 Civic Si Coupe
by: Jenny McLane
The new Honda Civic Si concept made its world debut last February 10, 2004 at the Chicago Auto Show. The concept provided hints at the styling and performance direction of the new breed of Civic Si coupes to be introduced later this year.
This new production Civic Si Coupe will serve as the performance leader for the 2006 Civic model lineup which will be completely redesigned. The 2006 Civic will feature more emotional styling, enhanced performance, and the latest generation of "intelligent" i-VTEC engine technology. The new 2006 Civic lineup will include a 4-door Sedan, a 2-door Coupe and Si Coupe, an even more fuel efficient Civic Hybrid and a natural-gas powered Civic GX.
The latest Civic Si Concept marks the 20th anniversary of the Civic Si Legacy in the US. With a 200-horsepower, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC engine with an 8,000 rpm red line, mated to a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission, this new Civic Si further establishes its performance heritage. A helical-type limited slip differential that improves launch traction and cornering performance helps put all that power on the ground. Among the many performance features of the Civic Si Concept include 18-inch cast aluminum wheels, 225/40R18 high performance tires and 4-wheel disc brakes with large cross-drilled brake rotors and 4-piston Brembo calipers.
"The 2006 Civic Si Coupe will be the most powerful, fastest and fun-to-drive Si we've ever put on the street, and the Civic Si Concept sets the direction in terms of its styling, package and performance," said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "It's part of a new family of Civic vehicles that build on the already class-leading values of the Civic in terms of safety, styling, performance and fuel efficiency."
The Civic Si Concept is designed to be an "Advanced Personal Compact. It features a sweeping rooflines and ultra-fast windshield rake that highlights the vehicle's one-motion profile, low, wide stance, and superior aerodynamic performance. The forward motion conveyed by the overall vehicle shape is further accentuated by a long trunk deck and a frontward sloping bumper. for better performance, the gap between the tire and the body has been minimized thanks to optimized wheel openings. Boosting further the Civic Si's sleek aerodynamic features are and side aero kit, rear deck wing and a lower rear bumper diffuser with an integrated center exhaust system.
The 2006 Civic Si Coupe will be the sixth generation Si, which first appeared as a three-door hatchback in 1986 with subsequent Civic Si models appearing in 1989, 1992, 1999 and 2002. The production Si will make its world debut at the 2005 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in November. The Civic Si Concept was designed at Honda R&D America's Los Angeles design center.
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About The Author
Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country today.