Honda has released teaser images of the new 2012 Honda Civic, and revealed how it used ex-Formula One engineers to refine the driving experience of the car
The Japanese manufacturer says is promising a 'refined', quieter and more relaxing ride in the new Civic.
Several members of the development team worked on Honda's Formula One projects, and and have produced a car that they say combines a low coefficient of drag with excellent high-speed stability.
Hours of work in the Honda wind tunnel has improved performance, reduced fuel consumption and resulted in an exceptionally quiet interior, according to Honda.
They also made use of Honda’s anechoic (echo-free) chamber in its R&D facility to fine-tune the cabin insulation. One of the results of the work in the anechoic chamber was to modify the design and construction of the roof lining, and how it interacts with the bodywork.
The new Euro-spec Civic will feature a 2.2-litre i-DTEC engine with an output of 110 kW (148hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque with a CO2 emissions quotient of 110 g/km. Models fitted with a manual transmission also get an idle-stop system that shaves 5 g/km off of the standard CO2 figure.
The new Honda Civic will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show next month.
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