Good news: Honda might do a hotter version to slot between the Si and Type R.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you probably know already that some people have criticized Honda for giving the turbocharged Civic Si the same amount of horsepower as its naturally aspirated predecessor. With 205 horsepower on tap, the newly developed 1.5-litre gasoline unit doesn’t have more hp than the old 2.4-litre mill, but torque is up by 18 pound feet to 192 lb-ft.
Technically, it would have been possible for the engineers to squeeze more power from the force-fed engine, but that would have taken its toll on reliability. Civic’s senior product planner, Rob Keough, explained in an interview with Automotive News they wanted to make sure the engine would last for “hundreds of thousands of miles” as with all Hondas. To achieve this goal, the engine’s power had to be capped.
In addition, another important objective was to keep the warm Civic attainable – the cost for the sedan is $28,490. Even the base model comes generously equipped with goodies such as a limited-slip differential, sunroof, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, 10-speaker sound system, and a seven-inch driver info display. There’s also a new Sport mode able to adjust the steering and throttle response as well as the suspension damping to make the car more nimble and agile.
Keough hinted Honda might launch a new hot Civic to position between the Si and the range-topping Type R. Something along the lines of 250 hp would probably hit the sweet spot, either with a detuned 2.0 or perhaps an upgraded 1.5 since Keough pointed out there are more “things that they [engineers] can do with this motor.”
Honda says it will have to give it some thought and find out whether there is going to be enough demand for a new version.
Source: Automotive News