Honda has revealed the new US market Civic Si.
A more aggressive set of front and rear bumpers set the Si apart from the regular sedan. A front spoiler is hidden under the vehicle, while at the rear rests a gloss black rear spoiler as well as two large oval exhaust tips.
The more keen-eyed will also sport the exterior mirrors and window surrounds finished in Gloss Black that come standard for the Si. Ditto for the LED head lights and taillights.
Eighteen-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels round off the design of the Honda Civic Si, as does the exclusive Blazing Orange Pearl exterior paint colour.
Powering the Honda Civic Si is a turbocharged 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine. It now has a broader torque curve for greater drivability, with 260Nm of torque available from 1800rpm to 5000rpm.
Peak power meanwhile, is now 197bhp, arriving at 6000rpm. The car has a 6500rpm redline.
A lightened flywheel and an improved 6-speed manual transmission will also help driver engagement.
Standard on the Honda Civic Si, this manual gearbox has an improved shift feel, 10% shorter throws, a new mounting bracket for the shift lever, and a leather-wrapped aluminium shift knob.
Also taken from the Type R is its rev-matching system, which is claimed to offer a reaction time of just 430ms. Power is put to the road through a helical limited-slip differential.
An 8% increase in body torsional rigidity over the preceding Si, promises improved handling.
The Civic Si also gets 8% and 54% stiffer spring rates at the front and rear compared to the regular Civic sedan. The front and rear stabiliser bars are also thicker on the Si.
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Red contrast stitching gives the Honda Civic Si a sporty touch. This stitching appears doors, steering wheel, centre arm rest, shift boot and shift knob.
Si-specific red trim also dresses the Civic’s signature metal honeycomb dash panel. Further down and you’ll also notice the Si’s alloy pedals.
The Si additionally gets a 7-inch instrument display. Said display comes with a digital tachometer on the left, a multi-information display in the centre and a physical speedometer.
A 9-inch HD colour touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are also standard.
Further lifting the driving experience is a new 12-speaker Bose premium hi-fi system, said to be the best factory audio system in the history of the Honda Civic Si.