Autotrader Took Honda Civic Si for a Drive, and Came Back Impressed
We at Frank Ancona Honda think we can say with the auto research authority that the eighth-generation Honda sport compact ascends toward the performance thrill ride of recent Honda Civic Type R fame. As Autotrader noted in its First Drive experience, the new Honda Civic Si looks to be a coupe-and-sedan duo with a body 25 percent stiffer than prior iterations, ample chassis tuning prospects, and the energetic drive of a turbocharged engine. That means we Honda sports car long-timers can expect plenty of opportunities for Civic Si to live up to its new Civic Type R sibling.
Behind larger air intakes crowned by a deep front lip, a prominent rear wing flaring in the Civic Si coupe body style, lies the turbocharged 1.5-liter, four-cylinder powerplant, capable of 205 horsepower and pushing an eager 192 pound-feet of torque. Autotrader calls it, and rightly so for the Honda engine-build commitment, “high-revving, reliable,” and “easy on gas.”
Paired with the sports car’s six-speed manual transmission, you can count on precise gear shifts short on the action needed to change them – for the racer in all of us, a good thing. Also, the new Civic Si showcases a mounting bracket stiffer than standard Honda Civic, and that offers the promise to anticipate operation like a champ, which Autotrader lauds for when it’s time to push the engine. To that end, the sport aficionado didn’t notice any turbo lag, making for rapid acceleration, and traction command remained a matter of course thanks to a standard helical limited-slip differential.
Nevertheless, Honda rounds out its new Civic Si offering with more than a few creature comforts and amenities to take the sport drive to the next level. Aside from dedicated front seat frames that offer lateral support enhanced over Honda Civic proper, front seating’s heated — excellent for comfort during precision high-speed cornering and pleasure cruise alike. Standard keyless entry and ignition make it a breeze to get up and go, a pleasant feel in hand offered for the ride by a leather-wrapped steering wheel. What’s more, metrics like those of G-forces and laps come at a glance on the instrument cluster, while selectable Normal and Sport driving modes and adaptive dampers putting on the finishing touches for the trip. You can even enjoy your favorite media from your smartphone on the move thanks to a standard 7-inch touchscreen and 10-speaker audio system due with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, satellite and HD radio support, and Bluetooth wireless streaming capability.
While we await the new Civic Si from Honda, you needn’t put the brakes on your own performance experience. Stop by and see us here in Olathe at Frank Ancona Honda, and we’ll set you up behind the wheel of a comparable model like Honda Civic Sport or Sport Touring for a test drive you won’t soon forget. We’re right around the corner from the greater Kansas City area here at 1000 North Rogers Road!