Honda reveals the 205-horsepower Civic Si sedan and coupe
Honda is calling the Si, the final piece of the Honda Civic puzzle. The Si has been revealed, and it's perhaps less powerful than expected. Both the Civic Si sedan and coupe have a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 205 horsepower at 5700 rpm.
That's the same amount of power that the previous Civic Si made. However, it's up by an increased 18 pound-feet of torque, to 192. That torque is also available from 2100 rpm to 5000 rpm.
Though the engine is on the weak side compared with other sport compacts, the Honda does provide some other enthusiast-friendly hardware. The Civic Si is only available with a 6-speed manual, and power goes through an honest-to-goodness mechanical limited-slip differential. No braking systems to simulate a limited slip, just the real deal. Naturally, the springs and anti-roll bars have been firmed up, and they're combined with adaptable shocks and front lower control arms from the Civic Type R. The front brake rotors have also been enlarged to 12.3 inches, and wider 235 mm tires have been fitted. The car now has a Sport button as well, which adjusts suspension, steering, and throttle calibrations to be sportier than normal.
Visually, the Si sedan and coupe have the more aggressive front bumper and black grille seen on the Civic hatchback. At the back, each version gets a unique rear bumper with large faux vents and geometric center exhaust outlets. The wings differ as well. The coupe has a pedestal-mounted wing, while the sedan has a more restrained spoiler mounted directly to the deck lid. Inside, the cars receive heavily-bolstered sport seats with embroidered Si logos and varied upholstery. The pedals get aluminum covers, and the gauges, infotainment, and buttons are illuminated in a racy red.
The Civic Si will also come well-equipped with comfort and entertainment features. Among them are seat heaters, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers. It also has a 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and it's connected to a 450-watt, 10-speaker sound system.