First look at the all-new Honda Civic Si (w/VIDEO)

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Like Type R, ‘Si’ has always set pulses racing for Honda fans as this designation has signified the high-performance Honda models. Young driving enthusiasts, especially in America, enjoyed the affordable high-performance for 4 decades with this model.

Now comes an all-new Civic Si which is based on the 11th generation model. Unlike previous Si models, the bodystyle is no longer that of a 2-door coupe but is a 4-door sedan only. However, it stands out not only with the exclusive Blazing Orange Pearl finish with gloss black trim but also with functional aerodynamic aids that improve its performance.

A front spoiler hidden under the car and a gloss black rear spoiler mounted on the bootlid add downforce to improve high speed stability. The upper front bumper design is more aggressive, and its rear bumper has been reshaped to reveal two large oval exhaust tips.

Better than ever before
‘Best-handling’, ‘best-equipped’ and ‘most fun-to-drive’ are used to describe the new Civic Si, and to deliver all that, it has an updated high-output VTEC 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with usefully broader power curves than before. Maximum power output is 200 ps with 260 Nm of torque.

Previous Civic Si had 2-door coupe bodystyle which is no longer available. A new single-mass flywheel is 26% lighter than the dual-mass unit used in the previous Si. The flywheel’s 30% reduction in inertia gives the  engine snappier throttle response for a sportier driving experience, while also improving drivability. To maximize available traction when accelerating, a helical limited-slip differential is standard at the front axle.

Manual 6-speed with rev-matching
The Civic Si comes with a manual transmission, a 6-speeder with improved shift feel and 10% shorter throws. A new, more rigid shift lever mounting bracket and a new leather-wrapped aluminium shift knob similar to the Civic Type R’s contribute to the improved feel.

For the first time, the Civic Si has a rev-matching system directly from the Civic Type R. With the same 430 m/s response time as Civic Type R in Sport mode, the new rev-matching system will ‘blip’ the throttle when it detects a downshift, quickly and perfectly matching revs for smooth transitions between gears.

In addition to Normal and Sport driving modes, the car’s updated Drive Mode system now includes an Individual mode that allows the driver to individually select engine response, steering effort, and even instrument panel display colour parameters for a more personal driving experience. Sport mode adds throttle response, decreases steering assist, deactivates the idle stop system, allows drivers to select rev match on or off, and changes the instrument accent lighting from white to red.

Improving the sound of the engine is a new dual-coil silencer exhaust system that increases exhaust flow 27% compared to Civic Touring. To complement the engine’s natural exhaust note inside the cabin, the new Civic Si uses an improved Active Sound Control system that can produce high-quality sound over a wider range of engine rpm.

Most rigid Civic Si ever
In terms of body stiffness, this is said to be the most rigid Civic Si ever. To maximize handling and driving dynamics, the spring rates are 8% stiffer in front and as much as 54% stiffer in the rear compared to the Civic Sedan. The dampers have also been tuned specifically for the Si. The front MacPherson struts have reinforced upper mounts to handle the increased cornering loads, and thicker front and rear stabilizer bars (compared to Civic Sedan) to minimize body roll.

With all that extra performance, the engineers have made sure that the Civic Si has good stopping power. It is fitted with larger brakes than the standard Civic Sedan and there are also 235/40R18 performance tyres.

Driver-focussed cabin
The driver-focused cabin has Si-exclusive body stabilizing sport seats with built-in head restraints and more prominent shoulder and lower thigh side supports. The lower cushion has been raised by about 12 mm at the front, providing better thigh support to reduce fatigue on long drives.

Outward visibility is enhanced by the pulled-back A-pillars, low bonnet, flat dashboard, low cowl and door-mounted outside mirrors,

The seat upholstery has embroidered Si logos and red contrast stitching are standard. Other sporty touches include sport pedals, and red contrast stitching. The red trim on the signature metal honeycomb dash panel of this new generation serves both form and function as it beautiful visually conceals the air vents for a clean uncluttered design.

Besides having a large 9-inch HD colour touchscreen, there is a 7-inch colour instrument display with a digital tachometer on the left side, a multi-information display in the centre and a physical speedometer dial.

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