As the name suggests, Hondata is an aftermarket company that specializes in modifying standard Honda engine computers (ECUs) via a reflash of an external programming interface. Essentially, the company produced a turbocharged Honda Civics that’s more powerful than the factory Civic Si and offered autoblog a chance to test drive one.
By tuning a Honda Civic Sport hatchback with a manual transmission, Hondata managed to increase the stock turbo’s boost by 9 psi and tack on an extra 35 horsepower and 60 pound-feet of torque for an overall output of 225hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. This means the tuned Civic Sport is cranking out 20 more hp and 62 lb-ft more torque than its Si sibling and it was achieved with the car’s stock intake and exhaust systems.
There’s definitely more pull when the pedal was depressed compared to the Si and it could feel a bit overwhelming when accelerating in a corner, but the extra gains made it a blast to drive. They’ve even gotten the inside wheel spinning a few times when making a turn at an intersection. Substantial results for a $695 FlashPro tuner or you can even flash the ECU for just $350.
Not only does the Hondata tune add power, it also features a no-lift shift functionality. Meaning you no longer have to lift your foot off the gas pedal when depressing the clutch with your other foot. A sort of cheat code for quicker gear changes by keeping the turbo spooled when shifting.
This all sounds like a great deal compared to how much a Si costs, but we have to remember that the Si comes with improved suspension, limited-slip differential, and other creature comforts. It’s really down to what your budget is and what you value in a vehicle.