Turbocharged coupe and sedan models arrive next year.
There certainly hasn't been a shortage of hot Civic news lately, what with the impending launch of the five-door Type R. But don't forget, Honda will also offer an Si version of its 10th-generation Civic, previewed here in prototype form, and making its debut today in Los Angeles.
Don't expect the production Civic Si to look too different than the hot little coupe you see here. We fully expect this car to go on sale pretty much as-is, with its meaner front fascia (that looks like it came right off the Sport Hatchback), 19-inch wheels, aero kit, centre exhaust, and mandatory rear wing. Same goes for the interior – it all looks ready to go, and those Si-specific sport front seats look super comfy and supportive. Here's hoping those make it to production (they should), but we'll happily do without the HFP accessory floor mats (so red!).
If the coupe body style isn't your thing, Honda will offer the Si in sedan form, too. No hatchback, though – that's Type R territory.
We're still waiting for official performance figures. Honda is only confirming the new Si uses the 1.5-litre turbocharged inline-four, has a six-speed manual transmission, and will be the "fastest, most powerful Si yet." Our best guess is power output will be somewhere around 225 horsepower, keeping it competitive with the Volkswagen GTI. We're expecting good things – Honda says the Si will have new active damper and steering systems, a limited-slip differential, and optional high-performance tires.
“This will be, hands down, the fastest, best-handling Si we've ever offered to our customers,” says Jeff Conrad, Honda’s senior vice president and general manager.
We'll have more details closer to the car's on-sale date sometime next year. Scroll down for the official press blast, and check out the Si from all angles in the gallery below.