November 30, 2016 @ 07:01 PM

Honda’s new Civic Si prototype is their fastest and most powerful Si to date

This new 10th generation Civic variants ticks all the right boxes, especially with the short-shifting six-speed manual gearbox

While some manufacturers are shying away from introducing fast and sporty cars into their line-up, Honda still keeps their fans satisfied with cars like the turbocharged Type-R. And it seems like the fans will have more to anticipate next year as Honda takes the covers off the Civic Si prototype which will give them the general idea of the design and performance of the 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan.

 

“With the new Honda Civic Si, we’re injecting even more sporty goodness into our 10th-generation Civic line up. This will be, hands down, the fastest, best-handling Si we’ve ever offered to our customers,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda.

Unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the Civic Si Prototype is hard to be missed on Honda’s booth with its Rallye Red Pearl finish. To reflect its sporty character, the Civic Si Prototype features a full Honda Factory Performance (HFP) aero kit which includes front and rear splitters and rear spoiler, a centre-mounted polygonal exhaust tip, 19-inch 10-spoke aluminium alloy wheels and 235/35Y high-performance tires.

 

The upcoming 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will be powered by a 1.5-liter direct-injected four-cylinder turbocharged engine with dual variable cam timing. No figures have been released, but Honda did state that it will be mated to a short-shifting six-speed manual transmission. The Si variant will also receive a list of performance upgrades which include a new active damper system, active steering system, and limited-slip differential.

As for its interior, the Prototype closely previews the production model with the Si-exclusive front sports seats with red stitching which continues to the doors, steering wheel and leather shift boot with aluminium gear knob. It also features a red driver’s TFT meter and audio system illumination, aluminium sports pedals and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim.

 

Both the Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will be making its official appearance next year, joining in the 10th generation line-up of the Civic Sedan, Civic Coupe and the Civic Hatchback. The final piece of the 10th generation family will also be unveiled next year in the form of the nastier Civic Type-R.

 

Hussein Zain

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