Just a thought... the Europeans are getting the 1.5T with VTEC (unlike ours in NA) which kicks power above the 200 hp mark... could the addition of VTEC to the 1.5T be what Honda puts under the hood of the Si?
I really do hope you are right. It would be a huge let down if the Si gets the 1.5t. And even if it's down on power with a 2.0t that's an easy fix with some bolt ons and a tune ?I'm 99% sure Honda will offer a 220-260 HP 2.0T in the Si to compete more effectively with the GTI, Focus ST, upcoming Mazdaspeed3, and (indirectly) the WRX. While the Si will likely be down on power vs. a majority of its rivals, it will compensate by offering improved refinement and class leading fuel economy.
I honestly struggle in seeing that happen. The more I think about it, and the more Honda remains secretive about its performance lineup, the more I think we're looking at a 240-260 HP Si. I mentioned in another post that this is HOA's 2nd take on a redesigned Civic. They took the subcompact market by storm in 2006. And I have no doubt they'll do the same with the 10th Gen.I can't see the Si and Type R both shipping with 2.0T engines. Plus with the Euro Type R doing 0-60 in 5.7 seconds do you think the Si is going match it? I think the Si is going to be a 1.5T with a different tune and sporty addons (suspension, exhaust, etc). Honda is going to give us good reason to lean towards the Type R.