The new Honda Civic coupe or hatchback, when packing the new 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, is about as fast as the predecessor (ninth gen) in the SI, sporty configuration.
The Japanese engineers have managed to snatch good performance credentials – the 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) sprint takes 6.5 seconds thanks to a great 174-horsepower (129-kilowatt) engine, and maximum speed reaches a highway limit bending 127 mph (204 km/h). But the company also presented an all-new SI version – so people who were eager and got the 1.5-liter turbo might feel a little bit worried. No need to though, because aftermarket specialist Hondata, a company that is well known for taking good care of Civics – as in tuning them – has a simple, flash solution.
In case you have the manual gearbox turbocharged Civic you’ll earn a $695 flash upgrade that takes boost up by 9 PSI, granting another 35 peak hp (26 kW) and 60 peak pound-feet (81 Newton-meters) of torque. This means you’ll get a feisty 225 hp (167 kW) and 254 pound-feet (344 Nm) of torque. The CVT owners will be a tad slower because they get an extra three to six PSI, the latter being the top performer with 214 hp (159 kW) and 220 lb-ft (298 Nm) of torque. For that price, both get above the Civic Si’s 205 hp (152 kW) and 192 lb-ft (206 Nm) of torque.