New Honda Civic Si to Debut at 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
Sporty variant will be turbocharged
We got our best look yet at the Honda Civic Type R last month in Paris, and next month we'll see its less extreme, but still sporty, cousin at the L.A. Auto Show. The Honda Civic Si will make its debut in Los Angeles on November 16.
Few details are out, but the L.A. Auto Show confirmed that the long-running Civic Si will be turbocharged, unlike the outgoing model with its naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The new Si's engine displacement is still unknown, but it's been speculated that it could be a higher-output version of the turbo 1.5-liter available in the standard Civic, or perhaps a detuned version of the Type R's turbo 2.0-liter. The 1.5 makes as much as 180 hp in the Civic and 190 hp in the recently revealed 2017 Honda CR-V. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter turbo in the current Civic Type R sold overseas makes 305 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Civic Si could make between 220 and 230 hp, and should be offered with a six-speed manual transmission option.
A Civic Si coupe prototype we spied recently wore a different grille and front fascia than the standard coupe, and lacked the large rear wing of the Type R. The Si should be offered in hatchback and sedan body styles over the course of its life cycle. A couple weeks before the Si debuts, we'll see the Civic Type R prototype make its North American debut at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas..
Stay tuned for more details on the medium-hot variant of the Civic lineup.