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Tuners Take On 2012 Honda Civic Si - SEMA Auto Show


by Ross Darby November 2011

To say the Civic Si is Honda's focus at this year's SEMA is a massive understatement. The automaker took four examples of its iconic model and modified them using every department and catalog it has available. But that doesn't mean Honda hogged the spotlight, because it also gave three more cars to tuning companies to do what they please.

Fox Marketing made its SEMA debut with its Civic Si Coupe, and put an impressive amount of parts into the car. Probably most noticeable is the wide body kit underneath the striking blue paint. But then that would be necessary, as the wheel wells need to swallow up a set of staggeringly large 20x10.5" Vossen CV3 wheels at each corner. That's nothing compared to what's going on underneath the hood, though. Bolted to the engine is a BorgWarner turbocharger that's anything but run-of-the-mill. It is, in fact, the same that is found on Honda's IndyCar and LMP1/LMP2 cars. Fox Marketing says it's good for 450 horsepower, but will still run for 100,000+ miles.

If 450 horsepower out of a front-wheel-drive car seems like a lot to you, take a look at the Bisimoto Engineering car. Courtesy of a massive Turbonetics turbocharger, this little Civic is capable of 1004 horsepower. Typically we'd worry about torque-steer in a FWD car this powerful, but something tells us Bisimoto isn't entirely concerned with having a balanced suspension setup while trying to correct that. This car is purpose-built, and if the parachute didn't give it away, that single purpose is drag racing. Bisimoto has already posted a video of the car running on YouTube, and the car even sounds like it's ready to tear up the strip.

Finally, there's Tjin Edition. While the other two tuners opted to go for coupes, Tjin Edition went with a sedan model instead. This car has a more "less-is-more" approach with a matte white full-car vinyl wrap, and is set on top of 19″ Rotiform Concave BLQ. Wheel gap has been reduced to a bare minimum thanks to a set of Function and Form fully adjustable coilovers. After SEMA, this car will hit the road as part of Tjin Edition's Roadshow, which fans of the shop will be familiar with.

These three cars do a great job exemplifying what all can be done with the Civic Si, and it's versatility. Whether these editions go on sale is up to each individual tuner, but here's to hoping they make it to the road in some form or another someday.

See more coverage of the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

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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Tuners Take On 2012 Honda Civic Si - SEMA Auto Show - Autotrader