2005 Honda Civic Si Screams as Honda's Fastest Compact

9/1/2004 5:46:56 PM

A performance compact icon, the Honda's Civic Si carries its "hot hatchback' legacy into 2005 as the performance flagship of the Civic line-up.

Since the introduction of the latest generation of Civic Si, it has been quickly embraced by young enthusiasts and the performance tuning market through a unique combination of style, performance, refinement and versatility. Such attributes have conspired to make it one of the most popular performance hatchbacks in America.

The "Si' badge is synonymous with performance, and backing it up is a 2.0-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine that delivers 160-horsepower and 132 lbs-ft of torque, the most ever for any production Civic. The technologically advanced i-VTEC system continually adjusts the intake camshaft phase depending on engine speed and load for a smooth torque curve that delivers refinement and fuel economy at low rpm, and maximum performance at high rpm.

Further enhancing the Civic Si's dynamic prowess are state-of-the-art Control-Link MacPherson strut front suspension and compact Reactive-Link double-wishbone rear suspension systems. Sixteen-inch wheels shod with sporty 205/55/16 tires deliver firm grip and crisp handling, while creating an aggressive stance. Front and rear stabilizer bars, electrical power steering with variable assist, and large-diameter front and rear disk brakes round out the package.

Sporty details consistent with its European breeding like aggressively bolstered sport seats with red stitching, a rally-style shifter mounted on the center instrument panel and white-face gauges make the Civic Si unique in its class. The highly versatile hatchback package with 60/40 split folding rear seats, in combination with Honda dependability, quality and reliability further strengthens its value proposition.

In keeping with Honda's continuing focus on safety, the Civic Si features standard 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution in order to maintain steering, traction and balance during emergency maneuvers. Additionally, the Civic Si employs advanced dual-stage front air bags, available front side airbags, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, and strategic use of high tensile strength steel to maximize occupant safety in the event of a collision.

Civic Si's are produced exclusively at the Honda UK Manufacturing facility in Swindon, England.

For more information and downloadable high-resolution images of the Honda Civic Si and other Honda vehicles, please visit www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at www.hondacars.com.