Honda unveils Sporty Honda Civic Si Prototype
Honda finally unveils the highly-anticipated Sporty Honda Civic Si Prototype with which completes 10th Generation Civic Line-up. Turbocharged for the first time, 2017 Civic Si will be the fastest, most powerful Si yet and all models will feature short-shifting 6-speed manual gearbox.
Japanese automaker at its stand at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show has exposed both 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan, thus giving all Honda enthusiasts a good look at the design and performance direction. Both versions is expected to be launched next year.
Wrapped in shimmering Rallye Red Pearl paint, the Civic Si features a full Factory Performance (HFP) aero kit, including front and rear splitters and rear spoiler. There’s also a center-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher as well as 19-inch 235/35Y high-performance tires mounted on HFP 19 x 8J 10-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels.
Both cars will be powered by a high-performance, high-torque 1.5-liter, directed-injected and turbocharged DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC). The company didn’t disclosed any power figures, but it’s expected to deliver somewhere between the output of the previous Type R (205 hp) and the output of the previous Type R (306 hp). Helping power transfer to the wheels will be a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission. Also part of the Si performance upgrades will be a new limited-slip differential, active damper system, active steering system, and optional high-performance tires.
Inside, the Civic Si Prototype features Si-exclusive front sport seats with red stitching, including stitched Si logos, steering wheel and leather shift boot with aluminum shift knob. The Si Prototype interior also features the floor mats, a red driver’s TFT meter and audio system illumination, aluminum sport pedals and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim.
According to Honda most of the details of this prototype, including the wheels will be carried over to the production version.
Besides the Civic Si Prototype, Hoda will also showcase Civic Sedan, Coupe and Hatchback siblings, as well as the radical Civic Type-R Prototype, where Honda fans for the first time will have the chance to see the Type-R interior.
The Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will go on sale next year.