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2017 Civic Si reported to be quickest, most refined in Honda history

According to our friends at American Honda Motors, when released to market early in 2017, the 10th generation Civic Si will be the quickest, most refined and drive-dynamic in Honda history.


While attending the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, I dropped in on Honda’s epic Los Angeles 2017 Civic Si reveal. I was there, and without question, the venue and hospitality was over the top. Attendees would soon witness the culmination of Honda's reinvention of a car brand that continues to dominate the compact car segment in North America, they would not be disappointed.

As Hondapro Jason, Roman Mica of the Fast Lane Car, and others consumed measurable amounts of cappuccinos, lattes, and culinary delights, auto writers in attendance closely examined and critiqued Honda’s latest and greatest Si coupes, some liked it, some, well they didn't say.In the ye of the storm I sat in the reinvented Civic Si. here’s a personal observation or two.

2017 Honda Civic Si will be the most powerful variant offered to date

For me, far more important than the the displacement of the designated 1.5 Liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, and exclusivity of the close throw 6 speed manual transmission, is the comfort of the cockpit and the driving position. As with the 2017 Honda Civic coupe, hatchback and sedan, the Si will be without exception the most comfortable, seat worthy and road handling front wheel drive performance compact coupe and sedan in the compact car segment. Read my first impressions here.

As a tall driver I appreciate the fact that I comfortably fit without compromise in this high performance coupe. And although the cockpit is rather spartan by today’s connectivity standards, I appreciate the visual balance of the interior, as well as the near “sleeper” sensibility of the reasonably performance uptick exterior. Civic Si is an attainable driver's car.

This is not the Type-R

2017 Civic Si will not be as in-your-face as the Type-R, nor should it be. For those that wish for more, pull the financial trigger on an extreme sports car, Si is not extreme. Personally, I like driving the Civic Hatchback, 180 horsepower may be enough for me.2017_Honda_Civic_Hatchback25% more torque and horsepower than the Civic Touring

As in appropriate Si fashion, the all new 10th generation Civic Si comes to market with greater power, fewer tech driven active safety features and creature comforts -- although I do anticipate “Hondawatch ™ “ available throughout the Civic lineup on all variants soon enough. Without revealing MSRP, engine specifications, or dealership availability time of arrival, Honda’s Sage Marie guaranteed that this Si will be the fastest, most road dynamic in the maker’s history. That’s good enough for this Honda fan. 2017 Civic Si is not a Type R, nor should it be.

As to liking the body design of the 10th generation Civic Si, that’s a personal measurement. Cheers!


Matt (not verified)    November 22, 2016 - 2:21PM

Three reasons why I would not consider the new 2017 Si. 1. No leather seats. 2. Not a hatchback. 3. Engine is 1.5 Litre not a 1.8 or 2.0 L. It would have to meet all of these requirements before I would even consider it. I don't want it to be a Type R. But I also don't want Joe Blow down the street to add a simple add-on performance component to his LX and then be able to keep up with it.

Parks McCants    November 22, 2016 - 6:35PM

In reply to by Matt (not verified)

Welcome Matt. The Si has never featured leather seats, a hatch or a turbocharged engine. Torque is the key to Civic Si performance. The 1.5 Liter turbo VTEC produces lots of it. The 10th generation Si will be a blast to drive as is. Thanks for dropping in.

Roddy (not verified)    November 22, 2016 - 2:27PM

25% more torque and horsepower than the Civic Touring - Is this confirmed? What is your source?

Parks McCants    November 22, 2016 - 6:31PM

In reply to by Roddy (not verified)

Welcome Roddy. The statement is a prediction based on the power spread between the 9th generation base Civic and the Si variant output, 56 HP as I recall. Could be wrong but close. Here's my reasoning: The 1.5 Liter turbo produces 170 hp x .25% = 212.5 horsepower. Very doable.