Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Brent Co | posted October 14, 2016 17:51
Civic Si gains turbo standard for the first time
Next month, the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show will be home to global debuts and what to expect for 2017 in the motoring industry. One of the cars set for its debut in Los Angeles is the turbocharged Honda Civic Si.
The Honda Civic Si has long been the high performance variant of the Civic in North America since the Civic Type R is not offered in that region. It was only recently when Honda announced they will be bringing the Type R to North America. With that, the new Si now becomes the second most powerful Civic, slotting below the Type R. It is possible that the new Civic Si will be offered as a hatchback for the first time since 2005. A coupe body style is slated for the new Civic Si while plans for a sedan version have yet to be confirmed. Expect a different set of bumpers and wheels to differentiate of from the standard Civics.
For the first time in the Civic Si's history, it will no longer use naturally aspirated engines. Honda will be retiring the old naturally aspirated engines in favor of turbocharged units for the Si. With automaker slowly adapting to turbo engines, we can also expect other models to gain these as well, such as the recently revealed CR-V.
At the moment, there are only a few details surrounding the powertrain of the upcoming Civic Si. Reports suggest that a de-tuned version of the Civic Type R's 2.0 liter turbo engine may be used for the next-gen model. Others also suggest an uprated 1.5 liter Earth Dreams direct-injection turbo engine, currently being used in the Civic RS. According to Car and Driver, their sources say that the Civic Si will be a manual only.
In the U.S, the next-generation Honda Civic Si will go against the likes of the Ford Focus ST, Volkswagen Golf GTI and Subaru WRX. Horsepower figures for the Civic Si is expected to range between the 220 to 230 PS mark.