|More than 15 Honda project and concept
vehicles made worldwide debuts at the 2006 Specialty Equipment
Market Association's (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, American Honda
Motor Co., Inc., announced today.
Honda revealed a prototype Civic MUGEN Si Sedan equipped
with a high performance suspension, aerodynamic body styling
and a sport exhaust system. In addition to the MUGEN vehicle,
Honda Factory Performance (HFP) showed its new lineup of dealer-installed
accessories for the new-for-2007 Honda Civic Si Sedan.
"The Honda Civic MUGEN Si Sedan elevates the already-impressive
Civic Si Sedan into new performance territory," said
John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda. "Performance
and racing are part of Honda's heritage and the Civic MUGEN
Si Sedan along with the rest our vehicles at SEMA demonstrate
In addition, Honda-customized concept vehicles included the
Honda Fit Sport Extreme Concept and Sport Concept CR-V with
custom versions of accessory body kits, interior accessories
and wheels. A Honda Element-D drift racecar also debuted with
a radical powertrain consisting of a 500-horsepower V6 and
rear-wheel-drive. Project vehicles built by aftermarket accessory
companies on display included numerous Fits, Civics, an S2000
and a customized off-road racing Ridgeline.
Honda's announcements at SEMA coincide with the on-sale date
of the new-for-2007 Civic Si Sedan. The Civic Si Sedan embraces
the style and performance of the Civic Si Coupe and marks
the first time that "Si" performance has become
available in a sedan body style. Similar to the existing Civic
Si Coupe, the Civic Si Sedan serves as another performance
halo for the Civic line-up with a 197-horsepower, 16-valve,
DOHC 2.0 liter i-VTEC(R) 4-cylinder engine with an 8,000 rpm
redline - all mated to a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission
and a helical-type, limited slip differential.
Honda Civic MUGEN Si Sedan
The name MUGEN symbolizes Honda performance throughout Asia
and around the globe. MUGEN, under license by M-TEC Co., Ltd.,
of Japan, has been closely associated with Honda for decades
in the design and manufacture of racing and premium performance
The Civic MUGEN Si Sedan draws inspiration from a "Formula
Sport" concept, adding an aggressive dimension of performance
to the Civic Si Sedan with a track-tuned suspension, aerodynamic
body styling and a performance exhaust system. The track tuned
suspension, tested at the Twin Ring Motegi racing circuit in
Japan, lowers the vehicle by 0.6 inches (15mm) with highly aggressive
spring and damper tuning for enhanced handling performance.
The full-vehicle aero-package adds a front spoiler and sports
grille, side spoilers, a rear diffuser and a rear wing. The
lightweight MUGEN forged alloy wheels measure 18x7.5 inches
and are shod with high grip 215/40R18 summer tires. The sports
exhaust system reduces back pressure from the catalytic converter
back resulting in an enhanced power curve.
Additional accoutrements include front and rear MUGEN emblems
along with a serial number placard on the instrument panel.
A spherical 50 mm MUGEN aluminum shift knob replaces the standard
aluminum and perforated leather shift knob.
Planned for production in a limited quantity of 500 units a
year, the Civic MUGEN Si will be available at U.S. Honda dealers
starting in spring 2007 with a manufacturer's suggested retail
price (MSRP) of less than $30,000 and includes a full factory