We’re finally getting a good look at the new 2017 Civic Si coupe prototype after Honda introduced it yesterday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
“With the new Honda Civic Si, we're injecting even more sporty goodness into our 10th-generation Civic lineup. This will be, hands down, the fastest, best-handling Si we've ever offered to our customers," said Honda's senior VP and general manager Jeff Conrad.
Supporting his claim is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but we don’t have exact horsepower and torque numbers yet. It could produce anywhere from 205 horsepower (what the previous Si was capable of) to 306 horsepower, which is what the previous Type R’s output was.
What we do know is that the engine will be mated to a short-shifting six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Also, the Si coupe will come with cross-drilled brake rotors, active steering and dampers for better handling. There’s also going to be a high-performance tire option.
Overall, the Si’s coupe body appears to have the same dimensions as the standard coupe, but some design changes have been made including larger air intakes, lower front splitters, a fixed rear spoiler, 19-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels, and a single hexagonal tipped center-exit exhaust.
Honda has only debuted the coupe Si, but we can expect to see a sedan version as well.