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.