Two sporty variants revealed today with 1.5-litre turbocharged engines, but won’t come to the UK

Warm Honda Civic coupé and saloon Si variants have been revealed, ahead of their sales debuts in the American market.

Both go on sale next month for a price in the mid-$20,000s – around $6-7000 more than the regular models’ entry-level prices.

They won’t go on sale in the UK, however, with the proximity between the Si versions and the 1.5 Sport and Sport Plus Civic hatchbacks we get in the UK being why.

More generally, the coupé and saloon demand would be far outstripped by that of the hatchback, so it’s unlikely that even the standard models will make it to the UK in the foreseeable future.

Both Si models come with Honda’s 202bhp and 192lb ft,1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine and 6-speed manual gearbox. Honda claims both power and torque are available lower down in the rev range than the previous Si, with dual variable cam timing a standout feature of the engine.

Honda claims a level of driver-friendliness for each, referencing the Type R as the pinnacle of the brand’s driver-focussed efforts. The Si variants are both stiffer and lighter than their predecessors and feature more high-end performance upgrades, too, including adaptive dampers, an upgraded limited-slip differential and an upgraded power steering system, as well as the option of performance tyres to complement the upgraded brakes. The suspension's front upper control arms are shared with the Civic Type R, too.

The driver can choose between Normal and Sport driving modes, with the latter stiffening the suspension and making the throttle more responsive. Inside, the Si models are marked out with red stitching across the interior, as well as carbonfibre, red and aluminium highlights on the dials, pedals and gearknob.

Both models get remote engine start, keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and heated front seats as standard, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a 10-speaker sound system.

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6 April 2017
Too big and ugly anyway, just like the other new Civics. Just give us the little S660, that's the only Honda I fancy - and it wouldn't even need converting to rhd. Maybe Honda are afraid that it might actually sell..

6 April 2017
Whoever that designed the 90s civic saloon need to be brought back as the main designer, along with the guy who did the accord before they stopped it, maybe the NSX guy too || all others should be fired !

6 April 2017
Wow, that's ugly. Seriously, I can't see even one person buying this. It's hideous. What on earth has happened to Honda, Toyota (Prius), and Mitsubishi? Why has styling in Japan gone off at some weird angle - out of kilter with design elsewhere in the world? But most baffling of all, why aren't they getting feedback from the distributors in Europe and the US who have to try and sell these grotesque vehicles? The front of this Civic is actually offensive. And look at the size of the type R!!! I remember the Civic as a tiny little Fiesta rival. And wasn't it so-named Civic because of its very size?

It's like a lot of car manufacturers have gone collectively mad. There's an endless need to increase the size of the model, even though car park spaces have stayed the same; the rush for autonomy that no driver actually wants (and which won't happen for decades anyway!); and crazy-ugly styling from design studios who were once highly thought-after. Even BMW joined the ugly club many years back. I despair.

6 April 2017
Can't they get any more creases along those sides?
For those who think attractive design is a personal, subjective concept - this is living proof of genuine, downright ugliness by any standards.

Aussie Rob - a view from down under

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