Concept is Very Close to Production
The Honda Civic Si prototype closely previews the production 2017 Honda Civic Si we’ll get next year. At its unveiling ahead of the 2016 L.A. auto show, we got the chance to get up close with the prototype and learn a few things about the eventual production version. Here are six things we learned at the Civic Si concept’s debut.
The Prototype is a Coupe, But…
Although the new Honda Civic Si concept was shown in coupe form, the sporty model will also be available as a sedan — that body style first arrived for Si in 2007 during the second year of the eighth-gen Civic.
Why the Civic Si Won’t Come in Hatchback Form
Where the new-to-North America Honda Civic Type-R will come strictly as a hatchback, the Honda Civic Si is offered in coupe and sedan only. Why? Simple. All hatchback models are built at the Swindon plant in the U.K., while coupe and sedan models are built in Ontario, Canada. It wouldn’t be cost-effective to add other trims.
The Signature Color
The concept’s special Rallye Red Pearl paint won’t make it to production. Rather, the automaker’s Rallye Red paint will continue to be the Si’s signature color.
Power From a 1.5-Liter Turbo-Four
While power figures haven’t been revealed, the new 1.5-liter turbocharged, direct-injected, dual-VTC I-4 will make more than the ninth-gen Civic Si’s 205-hp, 174-lb-ft 2.4-liter i-VTEC I-4. A close-ratio six-speed manual will continue to be the sole transmission offering.
HFP Parts for the Production-Spec Civic Si
The concept’s HFP (Honda Factory Performance) 19-inch alloy wheel and tire combo and drilled brake rotors won’t be standard, but will however be offered through dealers. Other HFP factories accessories and performance parts will be announced later for the new Civic Si.
Which Civics Get the Center-Mounted Exhaust Tips
Center-mounted exhaust tips are exclusive to sportier models including the 180-hp Civic hatchback Sport and Sport Touring (dual round), the new Civic Si coupe and sedan (dual with polygonal tips), and the Civic Type-R (triple round).
Read more about the Civic Si prototype HERE.