Reasons to Check Out the New Honda Civic Si
The Honda Civic is one of the most popular cars in its class, and Honda takes it to a new level with the Si version. This sporty Civic is available as a coupe or a sedan. It changes up some of the features to make it perform like a sports car, and upgrades the interior make it feel like one, too. Here are some reasons to check out the new Honda Civic Si.
The Exterior Look
On the outside, it is easy to spot the Si version of the Civic. It has a unique front bumper with larger wheel openings to accommodate the 18-inch wheels. A sporty rear spoiler sits on the back, and it comes with a center exhaust outlet. The Si also sits 5 millimeters lower than the regular Civic, and the 2017 model’s wheelbase grew by over 3 inches. You can choose between a sedan body style and a coupe, and it comes in seven different colors.
The Engine and Power
The Civic Si comes with a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine just like the regular Civic, but Honda tweaked the one in the Si to get more out of it. The engine in the Si has a 10.3:1 compression ratio and direct injection. It also has a 16-valve DOHC, along with a dual variable timing control. It comes with a quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission complete with a limited-slip differential, and a sport-tuned suspension. All of this results in 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque, a noticeable difference from the regular Civic which gets 174 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque.
The extra power in the Civic is one thing, but the increased performance really adds to the driving experience. The Si has an upgraded suspension along with better wheels and tires. It also comes with a larger motor for the power steering to make it lighter than in the regular Civic. This makes a big difference, even with the larger tires. The larger adaptive dampers on the Si also have stiffer springs and a more sturdy mounting point, so drivers feel the difference in the ride when in Normal or Sport mode.
Inside the Si’s cabin, you’ll find a sporty-looking red gauge cluster. This includes a rev meter, a lateral G-meter, and a lap timer. The red steering wheel adds to the look of this sporty vehicle, along with the red stitching on the seats and the black interior with red accents. The Si also has sport pedals and sport bucket seats designed with a metal frame, and aggressive-looking side bolsters for extra support. The larger wheelbase also results in a bigger and more spacious cabin. Buyers looking for extra room should choose the sedan, which has more legroom and headroom than the coupe.
The 2017 Honda Civic Si is the first turbocharged version of this sporty model. The upgrades Honda made to this version of the Civic bring its performance to a track-ready level.
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