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.