Honda used the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil the all-new Civic Si Prototype, effectively previewing the 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan.
Bridging the gap between the mainstream Civic and the flagship Type R edition, the Si duo feature a unique aero kit that includes front and rear splitters and a moderately-sized rear spoiler. It also benefits from a center-mounted polygonal exhaust outlets and 19-inch alloy wheels with 10 spokes.
The interior houses Si-exclusive sport seats, red contrast stitching on those seats and elsewhere, aluminum pedals, a red driver’s TFT meter and audio system illumination, and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim.
Both the production Si sedan and coupe will be powered by a 1.5-liter, directed-injected and turbocharged DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine with dual variable cam timing. Honda didn’t release numbers at the show, but rumors point to 220 horsepower, which is some 16-hp more than the previous-generation Si.
The perky turbo four will be mated exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission with a short shifter and an aluminum knob.
Other performance highlights include a new active damper system, active steering system, limited-slip differential and available high-performance tires.
Honda says the new Civic Si will be “hands down, the fastest, best-handling Si we’ve ever offered to our customers.” As impressive as that sounds, what performance junkies are really waiting for is the track-ready Civic Type R.