Honda North America has debuted the 2017 Honda Civic Si via its YouTube broadcast. Available in both two- and four-door variants, the Civic Si is the third Civic model after the hatchback and the Type-R hot hatch that are not arriving in Malaysia.
In-line with last year’s prototype, Honda claims the new Civic Si is the best handling Si ever created. Just like the tenth-generation Civics, this is the first Si to utilise forced induction powertrain. Thus, underneath the hood lies the 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that liberates 205 hp and 260 Nm of torque. That’s the same amount of horsepower generated from the old model, but it gains 24 Nm more than before.
The Civic Si remains front-wheel driven, and the good news is that the short-throw six-speed manual transmission is the sole transmission here. The new Civic Si has a few tricks under its sleeve when it comes to providing driving excitement. To begin, the power and torque are available at a lower rev range than the old model.
The body is stiffer and lighter than its predecessor and includes an arsenal of driving enhancements such as sport-tuned suspension, mechanical limited-slip differential, adaptive damper system, and electric power steering system. The Civic Si also shares the ultra-rigid front upper control arm with the Type R hot hatch.
Exterior wise, the Civic Si is draped with a much sleeker yet aggressive aerokit with a decked lip spoiler at the back. Inside, a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen is located on the center console and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The 2017 Honda Civic Si will be in dealerships in North America next month.