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6 Things We Learned About the Upcoming 2017 Honda Civic Si

Concept is Very Close to Production

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…

Honda Civic Si Prototype front three quarter

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

Honda Civic Si Prototype rear three quarter

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

Honda Civic Si Prototype foglight

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

Honda Civic Si Prototype front end 03

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

Honda Civic Si Prototype wheels 02

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

Honda Civic Si Prototype rear end 03

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.