Honda finally unveiled the latest new vehicles that will come with Apple’s in-dash CarPlay system standard with a reveal of its new 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan models. The legendary VTEC engines of yore are replaced by a 205-hp turbo 1.5-liter four that syncs solely to a six-speed manual gearbox. Added performance pieces are adaptive dampers, sportier steering, and bigger brakes. Red accents highlight an interior fitted with heated sport seats.
2017 Honda Civic Si Exterior and Interior
All Si models also receive a center-mounted chrome exhaust tip. Civic Si sedans feature a subtle rear wing with an integrated third brake light, and coupes get a more conspicuous raised spoiler just like the one shown on the concept.
The Si gets all the same features as the EX-T trim, which includes an electronic parking brake, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. The Si also get a 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 450-watt, 10-speaker sound system with SiriusXM satellite radio and Pandora streaming radio capability. The front sport seats, shift boot, and door panels get red stitching. There’s also an aluminum shift knob, and the front seat backs are emblazoned with the Si logo. The TFT screen in the gauge cluster and audio system are illuminated red.
2017 Honda Civic Si Under the Hood
The 2017 Civic Si is powered by a high-performance 1.5-liter turbo-four that produces 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the previous model, which was powered by a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated I-4, the 2017 Civic Si makes the same horsepower but is up 18 lb-ft. It also makes peak power 1,300 rpm lower at 5,700 rpm, and peak torque arrives 2,300 rpm earlier and is sustained for more than 70 percent of the rev range (2,100 to 5,000 rpm). The Si’s 1.5-liter is up 25 hp and 15 lb-ft from the most potent mill available in the Civic hatchback. It’s also up 15 hp and 13 lb-ft from the 1.5 turbo in the CR-V. The Si is offered exclusively with a short-throw six-speed manual transmission.
Also upgraded with things such as a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, a dual-pinion adaptive electric steering system with variable ratios, a helical limited-slip differential, larger 12.3-inch front brake rotors, and wider 235/40R18 tires. The Si’s suspension includes a 30 percent stiffer front stabilizer bar and 60 percent stiffer rear bar along with solid front and rear compliance bushings and rigid upper control arms, which are shared with the Type R. Drivers can choose between two modes, including Normal and Sport. Sport mode adjusts damping, steering, and throttle response.
2017 Honda Civic Si Prices
According to Honda, the new Si will hit showrooms and strip mall parking lots next month and will be priced “in the mid-$ 20,000 range.”