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Honda Focuses on Civic Si - SEMA Auto Show

by Ross Darby November 2011

The newest version of Honda's Civic has had a bit of a rough go for the first part of its life. Despite that, though - or maybe because of it - Honda is putting its iconic subcompact front-and-center of its booth at SEMA. No less than seven versions of the sportiest version of the Civic, the Si, are on display. Some fielded by Honda itself, and some by tuner shops.

The most prominent spotlight is given to the Honda Factory Performance Si Coupe. Passersby will be able to notice the HFP Si by its body kit, consisting of lower parts around all four sides of the car. Getting the car even lower is a set of race springs and dampers, which Honda claims brings the whole thing 15 mm closer to the ground. At each corner is an 18x7" wheel, made out of lightweight alloy. Inside there's some HFP floor mats and LED lighting, and of course there's HFP emblems abound. The impressive part about this car is that it utilizes all Honda-made and approved parts, even to the point of coming pre-painted in factory Honda colors to match your Si, no matter what color it is.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Compass360 Racing HPD 2012 Civic Si Coupe Racecar. Certainly not as tame as the HFP, and certainly not factory-backed, this full-on racecar was built utilizing Honda's Body-in-white program. Giving just the body of a Civic Si to the people building cars that intend on building their own chassis and motors for the car - i.e. race teams - can help those people save money over buying a full production car and tearing all that stuff out anyway.

Elsewhere, Honda also featured an Accord Coupe called the Accord Coupe V6 HFP Concept. While looking like it contains similar upgrades to the HFP Civic, the Accord benefits from Honda's Performance Development team, who put a supercharger on the stock V6, boosting power to 335 hp and 285 ft-lbs of torque. And speaking of superchargers, Honda is also featuring a supercharged version of the engine from its CR-Z Hybrid, said to use knowledge gleaned from the turbocharged HPD CR-Z Racer that competed at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill last year.

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ROSS DARBYcomes from a family that has been present in the automotive industry for generations, sowing the car enthusiast seed at a young age. When he's not tracking the industry, Ross likes to run, eat buffalo wings, play soccer and partake in the finest of brown spirits.

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