Honda unveils Civic Si prototype, its fastest and most powerful Si model to date

Article by Christian A., on November 17, 2016

Recently, it appears as if the Civic has been hogging the news. In a way, this is not unexpected considering that Honda is on the verge of officially launching its five-door Type R. However, the brand is also coming out with the Si version of the tenth-generation Civic and will be displaying the prototype during the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show.

Both the 2017 Civic Si Sedan and 2017 Civic Si Coupe will be equipped with the turbocharged DOHC direct-injected in-line 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that also has dual variable cam timing. This high performance and high torque engine is paired to the manual 6-speed short-shifting transmission. The engine is not the only one that is tasked with performance as there are a number of improvements done to the Si that help with this as well. Examples of this include the active steering system, active damper system, and the limited-slip differential. Honda is also offering the high-performance tires.

In terms of the interior, the Civic Si Prototype reveals what the production model is expected to look. Features include the sports seats in the front that have red stitching. As proof that this is indeed exclusive for the Si, it has Si logos stitched to it. This same red sport stitching can also be seen in the steering wheel and the doors. It is even in the leather shift boot that has the aluminum shift knob. Further, both the illumination of the audio system and the TFT meter are in red, as well as the aluminum sport pedal and the instrument panel trim, the latter of which is in Dry Metal Carbon.

On the exterior, the Civic Si Prototype is in Rallye Red Pearl and has the complete Factory Performance aero kit. Other features on the exterior are the splitters in the front and the rear and a rear spoiler too. It also comes with the dual polygonal exhaust finishers mounted on the center. The body is equipped with the forged aluminum alloy 10-spoke HFP 19 x XJ wheels fitted to which are the 19-inch high-performance 235/35X tires.

According to Honda Senior Vice-President and General Manager Jeff Conrad, the brand hopes that with the Civic Si, it can put a sportier quality to the 10th generation Civic range. He adds that this will not only be the fastest Si but also the one that will offer customers the best handling.

Aside from the Civic Si Prototype, Honda will also be putting on display the Coupe, Hatchback, and Sedan versions of the Civic. Exhibited as well will be the Civic Type-R Prototype. This means that aside from being able to see the interior of the Type-R for the first time, customers will also be able to see all of the Civic’s five different variants in one site.

Press Release

Unveiling of Sporty Honda Civic Si Prototype Completes 10th Generation Civic Line-up

The Honda Civic Si Prototype made its global debut today, giving Honda enthusiasts a good look at the design and performance direction for the 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan, both launching next year. The Civic Si Prototype will be on display at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show where it will be joined by its Civic Sedan, Coupe and Hatchback siblings, plus the radical Civic Type-R Prototype, providing the first public opportunity to see all five Civic variants. This will also be the first time the Type-R interior will be shown.

The shimmering Rallye Red Pearl Civic Si Prototype features a full Factory Performance (HFP) aero kit, including front and rear splitters and rear spoiler, plus a center-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher and 19-inch 235/35Y high-performance tires mounted on HFP 19 x 8J 10-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels.

The 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will be powered by a high-performance, high-torque 1.5-liter, directed-injected and turbocharged DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC) mated to a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission. Additional performance upgrades for the Si variants will include a new active damper system, active steering system, limited-slip differential and available high-performance tires.

"With the new Honda Civic Si, we're injecting even more sporty goodness into our 10th-generation Civic lineup," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda. "This will be, hands down, the fastest, best-handling Si we've ever offered to our customers."

The Civic Si Prototype interior closely previews the production model and features Si-exclusive front sport seats with red stitching, including stitched Si logos. The red sport stitching carries through to the doors, steering wheel and leather shift boot with aluminum shift knob. The Si Prototype interior also features a red driver's TFT meter and audio system illumination, aluminum sport pedals and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim.

The Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will launch next year as the latest additions to the 10th-generation Honda Civic lineup, joining the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and just-launched Civic Hatchback. The rollout of the 10th-gen Civic lineup will be completed with the launch of the new track-ready Civic Type-R next year.

The 2016 Civic Sedan was named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in January. Civic is the best-selling car with individual American car buyers in 2016 and is on track to post the highest U.S. sales in its 44-year history, with sales up 11.7 percent to 310,142 units through the end of October. The previous U.S. sales record for Civic of 339,289 units was set in 2008.

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