Hondata recently published a dyno run for the 2016 Honda Civic 1.5T with CVT transmission to see how much power it actually makes. It’s actually a bit hard to get the true horsepower of the Civic EX on a CVT dyno since the engine RPM and driveshaft’s turning speed can’t be matched exactly at a ratio of 1 to 1 but Honda programmed every CVT to behave like a 5 speed manual transmission so there’s no power loss when shifting.
On their first dyno pull, the 10th gen civic gave them 177 HP and 190 lb-ft. The torque is a bit higher than what Honda published (174 HP and 162 lb-ft) but that may be due to the fact that Honda generated their numbers from an engine dyno.
The Civic’s peak boost is 14 psi at around 4,700 PRM and it holds between 13 and 14 psi to gear shift.
When you compare the power and torque curves of the 9th gen Si and 10th gen civic turbo, you’ll see that the Si has more power than the turbo but the turbo has more torque.
So who would win in a drag race?
Even with the EX in normal drive mode instead of sport, turning on economy mode, and equipping the Si with an experienced drag race driver, the Si still lost both times to the EX. The results could have been different if they were to race for more than 1/8th of a mile.
We may see a new dyno from him in the future since Hondata did mention that they would like to put a 2016 Honda Civic 1.5T with a non CVT transmission to the test when it does come out. The six-speed 1.5T Honda is working on should be coming out later this year so we could be seeing a new video from Hondata around that time.