The Japanese automaker has officially presented the sporty new generation Civic Si version, available as a coupe and sedan and bringing a turbo engine with 205 hp to the party.
The fan base has been eagerly awaiting the addition of the warm performance model for the new generation in North America, and everybody knew the turbocharged 1.5-liter would be in charge of motivation, with Honda even claiming this will be the “fastest, most powerful Si yet.” The only thing is the power rating is actually exactly the same as on the former Si. The “most powerful” story is about the engine’s 192 pound-feet of peak torque, which is an upgrade over every other Civic Si – the predecessor had 174 lb-ft. Honda then explains the naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter engine gets trumped further by the new Civic Si, the turbo getting to full horsepower 1,300 rpm sooner, with max torque reached a good 2,300 rpm lower. In addition, the torque is on for more time – between 2,100 rpm and 5,000 rpm, which is 70 percent of the engine’s rev range.
The Civic Si gets a purist’s exclusive six-speed manual transmission, and Honda adds the Civic Si is “significantly lighter than the previous generation,” with a more rigid body and dual-pinion adaptive electric power steering, sport-tuned suspension, as well as an adaptive damper system. There’s even a helical limited-slip differential, as well as stiffer springs with bigger front and rear stabilizer bars and upper control arms from the Type R. Design wise, the Civic Si looks identical to the prototype from the Los Angeles Auto Show, and cabin perks include seats with Si red trim, as well as a 7-inch touchscreen display for the Apple Carplay and Android Auto, audio and HVAC functions.