2012 Honda Civic Si To Get Engine From Acura TSX

The new 2012 Honda Civic Si might get an engine that is very similar to the unit found in the Acura TSX sedan.

Honda was on hand to give us a nice preview of the 2012 Civic at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, which was a little disappointing to say the least. The vehicle on state was only in concept form, but the production model should be very similar in design, just with different headlights, wheels and an interior. Needless to say, after gazing upon the 2012 Civic for a short period of time, one is left a little saddened at the fact that not much has changed and that Honda seems to have lost its fun loving side.

There is still hope for Honda lovers, however, as the Japanese automaker also unveiled the 2012 Civic Si coupe concept and today, what lies under the hood as been revealed by the good people over at Temple of VTEC.

Known as the “K24”, the Civic Si will feature a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that is related in many various ways to the Acura TSX. In the entry-level Acura, the engine is cranking out 201 horsepower, while the 2012 Si should be around 200 to 210 horses. This power output seems a tad low, considering the other sport coupe and hatchback offerings in the world, but one has to compare these numbers to the current model if one is going to be impressed.

This 2.4-liter will have around 200 to 210 horsepower, where as the current Si only has 197 ponies. Many believe that the new engine will have around 170 pound-feet of torque, while the current Si makes due with just 139 pound-feet of the tire shedding goodness that is torque.

Granted, even when compared, the 2012 Honda Civic Si doesn’t seem all that powerful. Yet, one has to remember that the Civic Si was never about straight line speed, instead relying on superb handling and a rev counter that kept going and going under the engine sounded like a strangled cat. This new model should carry on that tradition.

[Temple of VTEC]

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