Will the Honda Civic Si Get a Detuned 230-HP Type R Engine?

2016 Honda Civic Front Three Quarter In Motion 02

Thrilled as we are about the upcoming Civic Type R coming to America, we’re also hungry for the scoop on what to expect from the new Honda Civic Si. If rumors from Civic forum Civicx.com are to be believed, the new Civic Si will use a version of the 2.0-liter turbo-four from the meaner Type R, in this case tuned down to about 220-230 hp (from 306 hp in the Euro-spec Type R). The rumor also says the Si will share many parts with the Type R. The Civic Si is expected to be released in coupe and hatch form as 2017 models by the end of 2016 or early 2017, with the Type R to come in early-to-mid-2017. We take this information with a rather large grain of salt given the unverified source, but it also would not be the first time that intel from a Civic forum turned out to be dead-on. If so, 230 hp would put the Honda Civic Si just north of the powered offered by the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which has 210 hp as standard and 220 hp with the Performance Pack. The last Civic Si was a delight in both two- and four-door form, thanks to a high-revving 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a jewel of a six-speed manual transmission. Its 205 hp was plenty for the compact Civic, but the real joy was in its tight handling, precise steering, and overall fluidity.

2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe On Street

The new 2016 Honda Civic is a big step forward from the outgoing model. It’s better composed over rough roads and 25 percent more torsionally rigid, the steering is better tuned for natural feel, and the brakes have stronger bite and a more progressive feel. We have high hopes for the new Honda Civic Si, which will certainly benefit from the new interior’s lower driving position, as well as its more expressive exterior styling. Check back soon for more on the upcoming Honda Civic Si. For now, be sure to read our review of the new 2016 Honda Civic sedan, as well as how it fared in a comparison with the Mazda3.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.