Honda Civic Type R

From Honda press:
For 2001, the Civic will be available in two body styles, a 4-Door Sedan and 2-Door Coupe. Both models will be available in DX, LX and EX trim levels. Although the DX trim level is considered the entry model to the Civic lineup, it comes equipped with such features as power steering and AM/FM stereo radio. The LX trim is expected to be the Civic volume leader and has been added to the Coupe lineup for '01 in response to consumer demand. The LX adds a wide range of additional features including air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, cruise control and a cassette player to the stereo. Top-of-the-line Civic EX models feature the 127-horsepower VTEC engine along with such features as ABS, moonroof, 15" wheels and a CD player.

In summary, the 2001 Civic reflects Honda's commitment to exceeding the expectations of today's Civic driver. The 2001 Civic builds on the class leading features Civic owners expect and adds new safety and environmental technology, added value, comfort and performance. This combination is designed not only to keep the Civic at the top of the class, but to elevate it into a class all its own.

The Civic has always been known as a fun, yet sensible car. For the 2001 model year, the engineers wanted to inject more performance into the mix, while also making the engine run smoother and quieter.

Every 2001 Civic features a 1.7-liter ULEV engine that provides tangible improvements for drivers and for the environment. This engine is certified ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) in all 50 states, which is another industry first for Honda. The displacement of the engine is larger than the engine in previous Civic models (1.7-liter vs. 1.6-liter) while the outward dimensions of the engine are more compact -- it is 7 percent smaller and 7 percent lighter than its predecessor. In addition, torque output at 4,000 rpm is increased by 6 percent for improved acceleration and around-town performance. Service intervals are now longer -- engine oil changes are now at 10,000 miles or every 12 months (compared to 7,500 miles on previous models). In addition, the recommended engine tune-up timing has been extended from 75,000 miles to 100,000 miles. The net result is a more powerful engine, delivering better fuel economy and lower emissions with less required maintenance.

The 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual and CVT (continuously variable) transmissions have been extensively redesigned for the 2001 Civic. The electronically controlled automatic provides more precise shifting, while the 5-speed manual has shorter, more precise shift throws. The CVT, available in the Civic HX, is once again expected to be ranked among the Environmental Protection Agency's "10 Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles," as it has been the past five years.

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