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Honda fits final pieces in new Civic line-up

2017 Si (available in coupe and sedan) is fastest, most powerful yet

Published: November 15, 2016, 10:00 PM
Updated: November 18, 2016, 3:04 AM

Honda Civic Si Prototype

Honda Civic Si Prototype front seat

With the introduction of the latest Si models, the 10th generation Honda Civic lineup will be complete shortly into 2017.

The 2017 Si (available in coupe and sedan bodystyles) will be the most powerful yet, making it also the fastest ever, and Honda offered up a pretty much good-to-go coupe prototype at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

"With the new Honda Civic Si, we're injecting even more sporty goodness into our 10th-generation Civic lineup," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of Honda.  "This will be, hands down, the fastest, best-handling Si we've ever offered to our customers."

Honda Civic Si Prototype

Finished in Rallye Red Pearl, the display car features a full Honda Factory Performance (HFP) body kit, including front and rear splitters, rear spoiler, centre polygonal exhaust finisher, and 19-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels shod with 235/35R19 high-performance tires.

Power for the production cars will come from a high-performance 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with direct injection and variable cam timing. Honda did not go into specifics on the engine, except to say it was high-torque, and it’s mated to a short-throw 6-speed manual, with aluminum shift knob.

Performance upgrades to the chassis include a new active damper system, active steering, and limited slip differential.

Honda Civic Si Prototype interior

The interior is also pretty near production ready, with front sport seats accented with red stitching (including embroidered Si logos). The red stitching is carried over to door trim, steering wheel and shifter boot. Aluminum sport pedals and dry metal carbon instrument panel trim are also part of the décor, as is red illumination for the audio system and instrument cluster.