The next-generation Honda Civic Si has been revealed and now benefits from a turbocharged powertrain. Sleeker, bolder and lighter than before, the 2017 Civic Si builds on the success of the tenth-generation model and will be available either as a coupe or sedan.
“The 2017 Honda Civic Si is our first turbocharged Si and sets a new sporty compact benchmark in terms of agility and precise handling while building toward the launch of the Type R as the final chapter in our epic 10th-generation Civic story,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president automobile division of American Honda.
From the outside, the 2017 Civic Si stayed true to the original prototype. Up front, the Solid Wing Face grill is finished in black chrome. Meanwhile it gets a sporty-looking bumper that has large air intakes and integral foglights. Shod in the wheel wells are 18-inch alloy ten-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40 tires. It is then topped off by a large rear wing and a center-mounted exhaust.
Inside, the 2017 Civic Si gets exclusive bolstered front seats that come with red stitching. Other portions of the cabin like the steering wheel, leather shift boot, shift knob and door panels also feature the red stitching. Further adding to the sporty feel of the new Si are the dry metal carbon trim and aluminum sport pedals.
As for in-car features, it comes standard with the following: 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, audio streaming, AM/FM radio, voice control, heated front seats, remote engine start and dual-zone automatic climate control. Audio is then routed to a 10-speaker system.
Powering the 2017 Civic Si is a tuned 1.5-liter Earth Dreams turbo inline-four. Compared to the standard Civic which only puts out 173 PS and 220 Nm of torque, the new Si generates 208 PS and 260 Nm of torque. It is then mated exclusively to a short-throw 6-speed manual gearbox.
Two new driving modes are now available in 2017 Civic Si; Normal and Sport. The former sets the dampers and throttle response for a more comfort-oriented setting. The latter, on the other hand, adjusts the dampers, steering and throttle for a more direct driving experience.
Apart from the more powerful engine, the 2017 Civic Si also has a more rigid chassis, a dual-pinion adaptive electric power steering system and a helical limited-slip differenital. A sport-tuned suspension (stiffer spring rates, more rigid stabilizers) and adaptive damping system makes for better handling while large 12.3-inch disc brakes improve stopping power.
Safety features that come as standard include: anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), vehicle stability assist (VSA), agile handling assist (AHA) and electronic parking brake (EPB) as such.