For 2012, the Honda Civic Si returns with a simplified, more aggressive aesthetic.

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We tested the Si in its two-door coupe configuration (it's also available as a sedan).

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The biggest change for 2012 is the bump in displacement from 2-liter to 2.4-liter.

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Power meets the road at the front wheels, but not before being passed through the single-option six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential.

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Max horsepower has barely changed despite the boost. The 2012 Si now outputs 201 ponies.

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However, midrange torque has been boosted significantly.

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What's more, the new Si is 1 mpg more fuel-efficient in the city and 2 mpg more on the highway.

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Inside, the Si doesn't look dramatically different from the last two 2012 Civics we've tested.

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However, small changes--such as this leather-wrapped and contrast-stitched steering wheel--are indicators of this Civic's sporty intent.

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The Si's instrumentation glows red, rather than the blue of the lesser models.

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Where other Civics feature a fuel efficiency gauge, the Si has an i-VTEC indicator and five-stage shift indicator.

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Cruise control can be accessed via steering-wheel buttons.

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Likewise, the driver has access to basic controls for the infotainment system and Honda's i-MID.

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The i-MID is an auxiliary info display that can be toggled to show a fuel efficiency monitor, audio system metadata, navigation directions, and other info.

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Unique to the Civic Si is this power meter that shows the percentage of the Civic's available power that is being accessed.

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Honda's main touch-screen interface is located at the top of the center stack and hasn't changed much with the 2012 upgrade.

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A seven-speaker audio system includes a subwoofer. Audio quality is good enough, but doesn't come near the best premium rigs in the Civic's segment.

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Honda's navigation system features traffic flow and traffic incident data.

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Unfortunately, the maps still look as bad as they always have. Just look at those jagged streets and that aliased, uneven text!

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The navigation system features an extensive voice command system, but a clunky interface would have us looking longingly at an aftermarket in-dash navigation system.

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The driver-focused dashboard wraps slightly around the driver's seat, but the airy cabin keeps things from feeling too claustrophobic.

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"Si"-embroidered seats with contrast stitching are nice visual touch and offer decent bolstering for performance driving.

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