By on November 15, 2016

2017 Honda Civic Coupe Si – Image: HondaWe’re far removed from the 91-horsepower 1984 Honda Civic Si.

Honda, on the eve of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, introduced the Si version of the tenth-generation Civic in prototype coupe form. Honda plans to bring the Si to market as a 2017 model next year with both sedan and coupe bodystyles.

Expect very few changes for the coupe when this “prototype” becomes a production car next year. In Honda vernacular, “prototype” is as close to production as a production car can be without actually being the production car.

Details are relatively scarce. Honda says the new Civic Si will feature adaptive suspension and active steering for the first time in a Civic. There’ll be a limited-slip differential and, if the prototype’s Honda Factory Performance additions make it to production, 19-inch wheels with 235/35Y rubber.2017 Honda Civic Coupe Si – Image: Honda

The 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder introduced as an optional upgrade in the sedan and coupe — and as standard equipment on the new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback — is under the hood of the Si with enough power to make the 2017 Civic Si, according to Honda’s Jeff Conrad, “hands down, the fastest, best-handling Si we’ve ever offered to our customers.”

The 1.5T makes as much as 180 horsepower in the non-Si Civic; 190 in the new CR-V. We expect more than 220 horsepower in the production Civic Si, up from the 205 made by the 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder in the ninth-gen Civic Si.

As Honda already made clear with the debut of a Civic Type R Prototype at this year’s Paris auto show, the Si will no longer be the highest-performance Civic. The current Type R, not sold in North America, produces 306 horsepower, clearly distinguishing the two performance Civics. The production Type R, built in the UK, will reach the market after the Si variants.

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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34 Comments on “2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe Revealed – 1.5T Upgraded For Si Duty, Coupe And Sedan Bodystyles...”

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    The performance improvements are appreciated, but the front end is really ugly. Why, Honda, why??!!

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      Get used to it

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        Heh, I think this Civic makes my 2016 Prius look lithe and understated.
        Note that styling is way down on my list of priorities when buying an automotive machine….obviously. :)

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      Old Man Pants

      Oh, wah-wah, ya little sissies. Everything’s ugly these days, even pickups.

      But I’d pitch the hell out of these if I were still corporeal. Because I’m a *professional*.
      And these go like stink!

      -Burgess Meredith

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      I think it looks good, the grille and headlights look more natural and less forced than the previous generation. This reminds me of a 1998 Si. They just need to show it in that fantastic blue that model made famous.

      I honestly think its the best looking compact yet. I’m not as much for the Aston Martin Focus as I am for this.

      I hate that they ruined the 5 door with the jet afterburner rear bumper. The Cruze hatch looks real good from behind, Focus behind is okay, but dated now, can’t remember what the Corolla iM looks like lol.

      I found a 1980 Civic 1500GL 3 door near me for $800, runs and drives, recent maintenance, little in the way of rust. It has a 1.5L I-4 ironicly (because these current Civics do too, albeit turbocharged).

      It is the silver that 80% (seems like) 2nd gens were (as was my 2nd gen sedan), with red interior. I’d like to change it to that late 90s Si blue, or the current Accord coupe blue if its not the same, with black interior, in two seater form. Put 1st gen Prelude sunroof in it. Be a fun little run about. The 1500GL was the top model for ’81, had a tachometer, rear wiper/defroster, 1500 cc instead of 1300, 5 instead of 4 speeds. I love the little guy but I don’t need another car lol.

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      Those “asteroid impact craters” on both sides of the front bumper cover are hideous!! And maybe they’ll offer a spoiler delete option.

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      Reminds me of a Top Gear video clip I saw where Clarkson was driving an open cockpit car with his mouth open.

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    I know there are many locales with superspeedway smooth roads, but looking at the amount of rubber between the rim and the pavement makes me cringe.

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    Best and Brightest: should I buy this thing, or a VW GTI?

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    OK, time for a history lesson:

    1983: Civic S (owned one)
    1984: Civic S
    1985: Civic S, but CRX Si
    1986: so begins the Civic Si

    the i stood for injection, as in fuel injection, to announce to the world that THIS model is fuel injected. Nowadays they might as well just call it the Civic S again–because the i is superfluous.

    To sum up: no, youngsters, there was no 1984 Civic Si.

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    It is a shame Honda went with the 1.5 instead of the 2.0 litre engine most others use. It is going to have to be even more boosted. A shame the Si I will not be in hatchback form, but understandable from an I century management perspective. Speaking of which, it was a surprise that a hatchback has been introduced at all.

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    Land Ark

    That’s the exact same front bumper as the EX-L except with a tiny “diffuser” on the bottom.

    I’d want the spoiler removed and paint the car black so it hides the textured plastic a bit more.

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    Trucky McTruckface

    Who signed off on the ridiculous ’90s boy racer spoiler? I didn’t realize there was anybody left who liked those for non-ironic reasons. I’m continually astounded by how tone deaf this company is.

    As usual, they’re going to make us wait even longer to find out how bad the sedan “concept” is going to look, what it costs or how meh the power bump is going to be.

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    The ‘squirrel with his mouth full of acorns’ look has got to go. Come on Honda!

    If they insist on that spoiler then they should also make sure to include the option box for the finish to be just primer.

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    The rear end shot reminds me of a mid 2000’s version of a Hyundai Tiburon.

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    “We’re far removed from the 91-horsepower 1984 Honda Civic Si.”

    I’d like my 84 Civic S1500 hatch with this engine stuffed in it. Sorry Honda but this is just too ugly and should be a hatchback. So many odd angles, useless bits and surfacing plus I’m guessing the interior will be a mess of random buttons and stacked displays like most modern Hondas. What happened to KISS?

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    That rear end is a disaster, and those 19s are going to have rash if you even look at them too hard.

    Happy about the LSD, thats about all I have to say in the good column.

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      I heard a drug addict say the same thing…

      My thoughts on a car’s appearance? It really doesn’t matter all that much. Most of the time I’m driving it and I don’t get to see it. I have thoroughly enjoyed my 9th gen Si. Great daily driver with just enough
      “extra” to keep it interesting. I wonder if the new turbo engine will be much of a revver? The 1.5L displacement makes me think so.

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    What’s with the big Android charger port on the back? Is this an electric car?

    Otherwise, it looks fine. Just make the right color choice to minimize the fancy bits. If it’s cheap enough and fun to drive….

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    All I know is that coming up behind one at speed at 3 a.m. is a vision of confusion. Those lights look like nothing else.

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    M3: 150hp/liter
    Honda: 150 x 1.5: 225?

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