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Fun 38 mpg commuter

Postby grant » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:33 pm

Picked up new 2017 Honda Civic Si sedan. Wow ! What a great car for the money! Dealer sold it at invoice to me $23k. Car is loaded with sunroof, mechanical lsd, slick 6 speed, adaptive dampers, 200 hp turbo motor. Gets 38 mpg hwy. chassis on these cars is incredible. Si shares some of same suspension arms as Type R. Car sits flat in turns like a real sports car. Who said high mpg commuters can't be fun! Loving this car!
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Re: Fun 38 mpg commuter

Postby Bill C » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:01 am

I'm surprised you fit in a Honda Civic!!!! :D What AX class is it in? How much does it weigh? ;)
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Re: Fun 38 mpg commuter

Postby grant » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:56 pm

Bill C wrote:I'm surprised you fit in a Honda Civic!!!! :D What AX class is it in? How much does it weigh? ;)

New gen civics are incredibly roomy. Very comfortable. I tried all the fun commuter cars, Ford Focus ST, fiesta ST, VW GTI, Hyundai Veloster, Toyotas, etc and fit in Civic the best. Wasn't thinking AX class when I got it but think it's either GS or HS for stock class or STX for street touring class. It weighs 2889 lbs with lots of Street class weight to lose. Surprisingly lightweight car for how big it is. ....surprisingly fun car to drive.


Haven't taken pics of it but it looks like this one. It's bigger and lighter by 100 lbs than last gen Civic.


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Re: Fun 38 mpg commuter

Postby Bill C » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:10 pm

So, where are you going to start? Wheels/tires...then what? What mods can you make with out screwing up the warranty? Does yours have a wing???
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Re: Fun 38 mpg commuter

Postby grant » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:45 pm

Bill C wrote:So, where are you going to start? Wheels/tires...then what? What mods can you make with out screwing up the warranty? Does yours have a wing???



It doesn't need much. I'm not touching it ....maybe tires next season. Good alignment. Street legal high octane gas.

Street class would allow light wheels and fatter tires . Could replace heavy exhaust system and sway bars could change with no warranty impact. I wouldn't touch adaptive dampers as they work quite well.
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Re: Fun 38 mpg commuter

Postby WhuGmiT » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:12 am

Hey Grant -

> It doesn't need much. I'm not touching it ...
>
Ha! Yup. You've said that before... multiple times!

$23k seems a good price.
My better half has the older 2013 Civic Si, 2.4L vtec (no turbo), 6 sp. manual, lsd, sunroof, etc..
Nice car + fun to drive. She digs it.

I like that my Element uses the same engine (tuned differently of course).
- both cars use the same oil filter, less for me to remember ;^)


See you & all next weekend,
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Re: Fun 38 mpg commuter

Postby grant » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:36 pm

Will see on this weekend. My tow vehicle is in the shop with no eta. Might not be able to tow the Cayman out for event.
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Re: Fun 38 mpg commuter

Postby grant » Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:13 am

Discovered cool feature on Si, agile handling assist. Brake vectoring on turn in? Freaking brilliant! Some of this stuff on $23k car blows me away. And yes I'm now always trail braking to see if it works. Yep it works as advertised.


Agile Handling Assist
Standard on both Civic Si models, Agile Handling Assist selectively uses the vehicle's brakes to improve initial turning response and overall cornering ability. Agile Handling Assist utilizes brake vectoring to improve corner traceability and confident handling feel. By applying braking force to the inside wheels during cornering at high lateral G, the system creates a yaw moment, thus generating more turning force and reducing understeer.
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