Honda has unveiled the Civic Si Prototype at the 2016 LA Auto Show. The car is a near-production 2017 Honda Civic Si that will go on sale in the US market next year. The introduction of the Si variant will complete the tenth generation Honda Civic line-up.
The Honda Civic Si Prototype is being shown only in coupe body style, but the road-ready 2017 Honda Civic Si will be available as a sedan as well. Sporting Rallye Red Pearl body paint, the Civic Si prototype features a full Factory Performance (HFP) aero kit that includes front and rear splitters and rear spoiler, a center-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher and 19-inch 235/35Y high-performance tires mounted on HFP 19 x 8J 10-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels.
The 2017 Honda Civic Si will sport a more powerful version of the new Civic’s 1.5-litre VTEC Turbocharged engine. Although horsepower and torque figures have yet to be released, it is anticipated to have between 220 and 230 hp powering the front wheels. This engine produces 174 hp at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque in the 10th generation Honda Civic and Civic Coupe. It will be paired to a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission as standard.
Besides an engine upgrade, the Si variant also features other performance upgrades like a new active damper system, active steering system, limited-slip differential and available high-performance tires.
Inside, the Honda Civic Si Prototype features aluminum sport pedals; exclusive sport seats with red stitching, including Si logos, red stitching on the doors, steering wheel and leather shift boot with aluminum shift knob, Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim, and red illumination in the instrument panel’s TFT meter and the audio system.