Building on the path laid out by its track honed sibling the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, Honda has revealed the missing link between the base Civic and the R, the 2017 Honda Civic Si via a video release earlier today.
A key item here is that the 2017 version is not as powerful as the one that preceded it, with the all new 1.5 liter four cylinder still producing the 205 horsepower that defined the previous generation Si. However, the addition of an all new turbocharger helps push overall torque to 192 lb-ft (a gain of 18 lb-ft) with the torque being available much lower in the rev band starting at 2100 rpm before reaching the 5000 rpm limit.
While these figures are a bit paltry when compared to many of its rivals, the Si has never been about raw power in the first place, and it is in other areas where the 2017 updates truly leave their mark. for instance, the suspension has been completely revamped and now features firmer springs as well as adaptive shocks and front lower control arms borrowed from the Type R. Wider tires also help the Si grip better, while an all new Sport button adjusts the suspension, steering, and throttle mapping to have a sportier feel.
With all these changes its good to know that the Civic Si still embraces the traditional manual transmission layout, with a six speed stick helping drivers have full control over each shift up and down the gears. Lastly a genuine mechanical limited slip differential helps bring power down to the front wheels without sacrificing agility and handling.
The exterior styling of the 2017 Honda Civic Si builds on the already aggressive lines seen on the Civic hatchback, and includes the familiar center mounted exhaust system and vent work . However, the rear bumper treatment depends on which body style is chosen, as will the spoiler type, with the coupe featuring a pedestal mounted wing, while the sedan gets a more discreet unit mounted directly to the trunk lid.
The interior of the Si is highlighted by heavily bolstered sports seats that feature embroidered Si logos as well as varied fabric material. The pedals are covered in aluminium, and red lighting accents the gauges, infotainment system, and buttons. In addition to its sporty backdrop, the cabin will also come well equipped with buyers being able to equip the Si with heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain sensing wipers, as well as a 7-inch touchscreen which will allow buyers to have full control of the 450 watt 10-speaker sound system. These goodies should help enhance its ability to be a legit daily driver choice, while also allowing it to be on par with other sport compact offerings.
Honda has not released official pricing for the 2017 Honda Civic Si, but look for the car to still be priced in the mid – $20,000 range with well equipped examples approaching $30,000. In the meantime, you can check out the 2017 Civic Si in its natural habitat in a brief video Honda added with its release below.