The 2014 Honda Civic Si is out to impress once again, especially that it has received more power and a number of refinements. The vehicle features a retuned exhaust system that hikes the output of the 2.4-liter i-VTEC DOHC 16-valve engine of both the Si Coupe and Si Sedan by 4 hp to 205hp and by 4 lb-ft of torque to 1742 lb-ft.
The engine is paired to a close-ratio, six-speed manual gearbox. Its suspension was improved with higher rate springs, new dampers and a stiffer rear stabilizer bar. The restyled 2014 Civic Si Coupe rides on performance-styled 18-inch alloy wheels, giving it a sporty presence. It also features more aggressive hood, front fenders and headlight designs, as well as new taillight lenses and side mirrors – of which can be found in other Civic models.
The model boasts of an Si-exclusive grille and lower front-bumper garnish as well as rear air diffuser and a large wing spoiler. The interior of the model features Si-exclusive seat fabric and trim as complemented by black and red color scheme. Its audio panel also sports race-inspired carbon fiber-style design.
For Si Coupe and Si Sedan features 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen – providing access to audio, phonebook, media, vehicle information and available navigation features -- as standard equipment. The display is also the interface for the HondaLink, which links customers to smartphone-provided online content both inside and outside the car.
Also coming as standard on the 2014 Si is the Smart Entry with Push Button start, expanded view driver's mirror as well as Honda LaneWatch display. The 2014 Civic Si boasts of a Best Resale Value Award from Kelley Blue Book, and is only $275 pricier than the previous model.
The 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe is now sale with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) that starts at $22,790. The 2014 Civic Si Sedan will be available on March 26 with an MSRP starting at $22,990.
When the latest Honda Civic was first released back in 2006, it marked a change in how the layout would be approached. Specifically, it focused on developing what is considered as a rather unique architecture that followed a “center tank” configuration. The advantage of this is that it allowed for the cabin space to be large (which is what many of the C-category customers in Europe prefer). Indeed, this Civic was made specifically for the market in Europe. This model has since received positive response not only with the design but even with its practicality and versatility.
In fact, this is the reason why this current Civic has that futuristic appearance and road presence. It is also the reason why it comes with a multi-purpose function that offers a large boot space with the “magic seats” being able to offer various seating arrangements. Thus it comes as no surprise to know that compared to its rivals, the current Honda Civic has interior space and trunk capacity that is far better.
Thus in starting the research for the new Civic, the development team made sure to focus on the important milestones that have been achieved so far. The team also wanted to maintain, and if possible improve, all of the qualities in the current version. For example, it was important that the new version would continue to have the interior space that has put it at the top of its segment.
However, there was still a need to improve not just the space efficiency but also the overall packaging. This meant that it could result in a new design for the exterior. This is one where the weight could be lowered while improving the aerodynamic performance. The two factors play a part in forming the overall performance of the new model.
Further, the development team also wanted the new Civic to have a design that would evoke emotion while still being able to surprise customers especially with the amount of space and other features. Enhancing the visibility as well as making the field of vision wider was also important as it can contribute to the overall experience.
Since the goal was to make sure that the new Civic would be able to meet the various demands of the European market, designers and engineers at facilities in Japan and Europe worked together from start to finish of the development stage.
Initial tests were conducted in Japan and repeated later in Europe. This more than guaranteed that the new model would be able to meet the strictest of demands of these C-segment buyers.