Here’s something to liven up a Monday morning – Honda has released advertising for the 2013 Civic Si, the sportier variant in the North American line-up. The Civic Si is powered by a 2.4 litre i-VTEC engine that produces 201 hp and 230 Nm of torque.

As befits the car’s younger target market, the animated ad depicts an adrenaline-filled race between Civic Si sedan and coupe and a slew of rather nasty-looking monster machines in a sort of comic book universe. It’s pretty cool, and the ending is particularly explosive.

In an attempt to address criticism surrounding this year’s model, the Honda Civic gets a facelift and update for the next model year in the US, only 1.5 years after the ninth-gen car’s unveiling there. More information on the changes can be found in an earlier post, and an exhaustive gallery of pictures here.