At the on-going 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show, Honda has unveiled the Civic Si Prototype, giving Honda enthusiasts a good look at the design and performance direction for the 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan, both launching in the U.S. next year.
“With the new Honda Civic Si, we’re injecting even more sporty goodness into our 10th-generation Civic lineup,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda. “This will be, hands down, the fastest, best-handling Si we’ve ever offered to our customers.”
The Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will launch next year in the U.S. as the latest additions to the 10th-generation Honda Civic lineup, joining the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and the Civic Hatchback. On top of that, Honda will also debut the new Civic Type-R next year to complete the 10th-gen Civic lineup.
The shimmering Rallye Red Pearl Civic Si Prototype which is currently on display at the Auto Show, features a full Factory Performance (HFP) aero kit, including front and rear splitters and rear spoiler, plus a center-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher and 19-inch 235/35Y high-performance tyres mounted on HFP 19 x 8J 10-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels.
The Civic Si Prototype interior closely previews the production model and features Si-exclusive front sport seats with red stitching, including stitched Si logos. The red sport stitching carries through to the doors, steering wheel and leather shift boot with aluminum shift knob. The Si Prototype interior also features a red driver’s TFT meter and audio system illumination, aluminum sport pedals and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim.
When it goes into production, the 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will be powered by a high-performance, high-torque 1.5-litre, directed-injected and turbocharged DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC) mated to a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission. Honda didn’t reveal the performance figures, but it will likely make somewhere between 205hp (the output of the previous Si) and 306hp (the output of the previous Type R).
Additional performance upgrades for the Si variants will include a new active damper system, active steering system, limited-slip differential and available high-performance tyres.