Like the rest of the Honda Civic lineup, the sporty Si Coupe was recently updated inside and out. Changes to this driver-focused two-door include a tightened suspension, a minor bump in power, a more upscale interior and a lightly revised front end.
The Civic Si Coupe enjoys a more stylish look than the sedan model thanks to a sleek roofline and an upswept stance. Buyers who find the lines not striking enough can order a Sunburst Orange Pearl paint color that changes in appearance depending on sunlight conditions.
The heart of the Si is a 2.4-liter straight-four that produces 205 horsepower and 174 lb-ft. of torque. The engine - a transplant from the Acura TSX - is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission and uses a helical-type limited-slip differential (LSD) to get power to the front wheels. Fuel economy is rated at 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Other changes for the latest model year include handling-focused suspension tweaks such as stiffer springs and rear bushings along with thicker roll bars front and rear, while the body structure benefits from a number of strengthened components. A sport-tuned electric power steering system comes standard.
Looking the Part
The Si boasts chrome trim on the bumper, a black honeycomb mesh grille, clear-lens corner lights and a sculpted hood. It continues to convey its sporting intentions with an array of unique touches ranging from more menacing front and rear fascias, side skirts, a body-colored deck lid spoiler, fog lights and a chrome exhaust pipe. 18-inch alloys mounted on 215/45 tires finish off the sporty look.
Si-specific interior pieces include bolstered perforated cloth sport seats with suede-like trim and red stitching and leather upholstery on the steering wheel as well as the shift knob. The unique touches are extended to several pieces of aluminum accents including the shift knob base and the pedals.
The Civic Si also features an "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) that includes an exclusive Power Monitor capable of indicating the percentage of total horsepower generated by the engine. Honda also added a Sequential Rev-limit Indicator in the upper instrument panel to show when the i-VTEC high-lift camshaft profile is engaged, as well as to show incrementally when the engine redline is approached and reached.
Standard and Optional Equipment
The Si comes standard with a rearview camera, a sunroof, a seven-speaker 360-watt AM/FM/CD sound system with USB and AUX inputs, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity with audio streaming, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights and the aforementioned 17-inch alloy wheels in addition to expected items such as cruise control and power windows and locks.
Summer tires and a navigation system packaged with XM Radio and FM Traffic are available at an additional cost.
The Honda Civic Si Coupe's safety features include two-row side curtain airbags, dual-stage, multiple-threshold driver's and front passenger's airbags, driver's and front passenger's side airbags and Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA).
Performance-oriented compacts that square off against the Honda Civic Si Coupe include the more powerful seven-generation Volkswagen GTI, the smaller MINI Cooper S, the Kia Forte Koup and the quirky Hyundai Veloster Turbo.