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Honda Civic Si: sports version for the USA

The very sharp Civic Type R is still in development. With the Civic Si, the Japanese have now presented the sports version for the US market.

In the USA, the eleventh generation of the Honda Civic was launched in the summer of 2022. The market launch in Europe will follow shortly. And the Japanese continue to add bits and pieces to the Civic. While the Civic Type R is still in the Erlkönig stage , Honda has now introduced the sports version Si for the US market.,

Turbo engine with 200 hp

The Si only comes as a sedan and only in the USA . But let's go straight to the assembly on the Si that is of most interest. Under the bonnet sits a 1.5-liter in-line four-cylinder with turbocharging. It delivers 200 hp at 6,000 rpm and already puts 260 Nm on the crankshaft from 1,500 rpm. The four-cylinder can rotate up to a maximum of 6,500 rpm. Compared to its predecessor, the engine should offer a broader usable power range and, thanks to less flywheel mass, more revving power. The Si pilot can call up the dynamics via a new manual six-speed transmission that electronically adjusts the shifting speed when shifting down - a loan from the Type R. Leather and aluminum are intended to provide a better grip. A locking differential provides more traction on the front wheels. An exhaust system with optimized flow rounds off the sportier appearance of the drive.

As standard, the Honda Civic Si comes with 18-inch matt black light-alloy wheels fitted with 235/45 all-season tires – typical for the US market. Genuine summer tires are only available at an additional cost. The suspension springs are harder than the basic model, and the dampers are tighter. In order to be able to absorb the higher forces, the front axle bearings have been reinforced. Thicker anti-roll bars reduce body roll when cornering. Enlarged discs on both axles ensure more braking power. In addition to Normal and Sport, the Si comes with a new, freely configurable mode for the selectable driving programs. All affect engine response, steering and instrument lighting.

More sport outside and inside

Visually, the Civic Si sets itself apart from its more civil brothers with a new front apron, a different front splitter, a redesigned rear apron - which integrates two exhaust tailpipes - and a spoiler lip on the boot lid. This, like the exterior mirror housings and the window surrounds, come in high-gloss black. LED lights at the front and rear are standard. Exclusive to the Si is an exterior paint finish in Blazing Orange Pearl.

In the cockpit, sports drivers can enjoy new sports seats with integrated headrests and more lateral support. Other Si features include sports pedals and lots of red contrast stitching on numerous components.,

Honda has not yet announced prices for the Civic Si. But it should cost around 26,000 to 27,000 dollars – the equivalent of around 22,500 euros. It thus fills the gap between the basic model and the upcoming Type R. The Japanese are already showing the further potential of the Si with the first pictures of the racing version, which is being prepared for use in US motorsport. The attached huge rear spoiler is particularly striking here.,

Conclusion

Honda is launching a sports version of the compact in the USA with the Civic Si. The powert with 200 hp from a 1.5-liter turbo four-cylinder. Real sports drivers will have to wait for the upcoming Type R.

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