Car reviews - Honda - Civic - Vi 5-dr hatch
13 Feb 2001
By BRUCE NEWTON
THE new five-door's 1.7-litre VTEC engine meets Honda's low emission vehicle standard (LEV), making the Civic the fifth vehicle in Honda's range to qualify.
Claimed fuel economy figures are 6.4 litres/100km highway and 7.2 litres/100km city. The five-door's single-camshaft, 16-valve direct ignition engine develops 96kW and 155Nm of torque. It uses swirl intake ports and small 'four-port' fuel injectors instead of a single nozzle, improving combustion and reducing unburned hydrocarbons by a claimed 14 per cent. Technology borrowed from the high-tech 2.0-litre S2000 engine includes dimpling of the piston skirt and ring surfaces and new, slightly oval shaped piston skirts and roller rocker arms that cut friction by a claimed five per cent. The new engine is also more compact and lighter (by 11 per cent) than the one it replaces.
Did you know?Honda says it lodged more than 220 new patents for the new Civic, covering pedestrian safety design, low emissions and the compact suspension
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