Making use of its new 9,600 units a year quota limit for additional IPI excise tax exemption, Honda Brazil is, for the first time, importing the Civic Si 2-door coupe version - from Canada

Making use of its new 9,600 units a year quota limit for additional IPI excise tax exemption, Honda Brazil is, for the first time, importing the Civic Si 2-door coupe version - from Canada

Making use of its new 9,600 units a year quota limit for additional IPI excise tax exemption, Honda is, for the first time, importing the Civic Si 2-door coupe version - from Canada.

The automaker already builds the Civic sedan locally and previouslt built an Si version of the last generation sedan from 2007 to 2011 when it cost BRL95,000/US$38,000.

Now imported from Canada for BRL119,900/$48,000 and burdened by high taxes, the new generation coupe nonetheless is relatively cheaper than the locally made Si sedan three years ago - but is not competitively priced in the current Brazilian market where competition is very strong.

The Canadian-built car [Honda has two plants in Ontario - Alliston 1 building this model and Alliston 2 - ed] is powered by Honda's 2.4-litre/146.4 cu in engine coupled to a manual six-speed front transaxle and comes with self-locking torsen-type differential, sport-tuned suspension and wide section 225/40R18 tyres.

Though it doesn't have balance shafts, the big four is particularly smooth and the rev limit is a high 7,500 rpm. Torque peaks quite high at 23.9 kgf/m/1725 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm. Compared to the previous, Brazilian made two-litre i-VTEC Civic Si, power is up 13.8bhp and torque by 5kgf/m/36.1 lb-ft higher.

Cornering behaviour exceeds by large the former Si sedan thanks to lower height and shorter wheelbase by 7 cm/2.75 in. (5 cm/1.98 in than current, regular sedan).

Interior trim is focused on sport touch with black and red upholstered seats, besides the fascia that includes carbon fibre-looking elements.

Quite interesting is the display in the instrument cluster on top left: as engine revolutions increase, six aligned lights go sequentially on at 500 rpm intervals before peak power engine speed. The first four are orange coloured and the two last are red and serve as shift lights. Another curious display opposed to it is the power monitor by percentage in a horizontally laid graphic scale.

Brazilian Honda terms this coupe as a niche car, yet important for brand image. Estimated sales are 50-to-100 units monthly.

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