Spy photographers have caught the next-generation Honda Civic Si testing for the first time with barely any camouflage.
The Honda Civic Si prototype spied can be seen with the same large center mounted exhaust as seen on the bright green concept that debuted on the concept last spring. There is still some black camouflage covering up the coupe’s front and rear bumpers, which are sure to be much more aggressive than the standard Civic. You can actually see the outline of an aggressive front fascia similar to the concept poking out from the camouflage.
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When it arrives, the Honda Civic Si should be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rumored to have anywhere from 220 to 230 horsepower. The engine is said to be a turned-down version of the one powering the Civic Type R that hasn’t yet made it to North America. Of course, a slick six-speed manual will be standard, but it’s not sure whether or not Honda will offer it with an automatic. The Honda Civic Si has been sold exclusively with three pedals so far.
The upcoming Si is expected to use some carbon fiber to slash some weight, get an upgraded suspension, more aggressive wheels, and have racing-style seats. The 2017 Honda Civic Si is expected to hit showrooms this time next year, but we can expect the production version to debut either at this fall’s L.A. Auto Show or at the Detroit Auto Show early next year.