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Turbocharged Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan hit showrooms

The 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan will go on sale at Honda dealerships beginning May 13th with a MSRP starting at $23,900 for either the Si Coupe or Si Sedan.

Powering the Civic Si is a high-torque 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine with dual variable cam timing (dual VTC). Mated to a short-throw, 6-speed manual transmission, the powertrain provides a much broader power band and significantly increased torque output compared to the previous Si. Peak output of 205 horsepower arrives 1,300 rpm lower in the rev range (5,700 vs. 7,000 rpm) and peak torque of 192 lb-ft3 (+18 lb-ft) is produced 2,300 rpm earlier (2,100 vs. 4,400 rpm) and sustained over 70 percent of the engine's rev range.

The 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan are significantly lighter than the previous generation models: Civic Si Sedan curb weight, at 2,906 pounds, is down 96 pounds from the previous model, while the Si Coupe, at 2,889 pounds, is 113 pounds lighter than before. Both models feature a more rigid body and upgraded chassis components, including a dual-pinion adaptive electric power steering system with variable ratios, sport-tuned suspension featuring a two-mode adaptive damper system, a helical limited-slip differential, larger 12.3-inch front brake rotors (+0.5 inches) and wider 235/40 R18 tires with an available summer tire option.

In addition to adaptive dampers, suspension upgrades include stiffer spring rates, more rigid stabilizer bars (+30 percent front, +60 percent rear), solid front and rear compliance bushings, and ultra-rigid front upper control arms shared with the track-ready Civic Type R. Wheel track for the new Si Sedan and Coupe has increased 1.2 inches at the front and 0.3 inches at the rear, offering improved stability, a lower center of gravity and improved cornering performance.

The Civic Si Coupe and Sedan offer two dynamic driving modes: Normal and Sport. The default Normal Mode offers more comfort-oriented dynamics while the Sport Mode adjusts the suspension damping characteristics plus steering and throttle response for a more taut and direct driving experience.

The front fascia features a gloss black Honda "wing" and large lower air intakes, along with 18-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels featuring a model-exclusive machined finish, low-profile tires and a chrome center-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher. At the rear, the Si Coupe continues the Civic Coupe's distinctive full-width light bar and adds a raised wing spoiler, while the Si Sedan includes an exclusive rear fascia and decklid wing spoiler incorporating a LED brake light.

Inside, the Civic Si features bolstered front sport seats with red stitching, including stitched Si logos, which carries through to the doors, leather wrapped steering wheel, shift boot and sporty leather and aluminum shift knob. The red color scheme carries through to the driver's TFT meter as well as audio system illumination. There are also aluminum sport pedals and carbon-look instrument panel trim.

New for 2017 is a Driver Information Interface (DII) that adds a range of selectable real-time information designed to support performance driving. The 7-inch color TFT can display throttle and brake application in a graphic percentage format, turbocharger boost in pounds per square inch (psi), lap time (intended for use on closed circuits), race inspired shift lights and a graphical G-meter that provides a representation of acceleration, braking and cornering forces.

The 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan for the U.S. market will be produced at Honda's plant in Ontario, Canada. Its engine is produced in Anna, Ohio, Honda's largest automobile engine plant in in the world, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

05/13/17

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