2018 Honda Civic Si Sedan & Coupe Coming With A 205HP 1.5L Turbo And A Lot Of Attitude

Honda has finally revealed the new Civic SI in both Sedan and Coupe bodystyles, giving us the full details of their new 205hp sporty version.

The first turbocharged Si model is positioned right underneath the upcoming Type R, aiming according to Honda to the everyday enthusiast.

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol unit with direct injection and dual variable cam timing, producing 205hp and 192lb-ft of peak torque. A short-throw six-speed manual transmission is standard.

Given the turbocharged nature of the powertrain, Honda says that the new Civic Si now provides a very exciting driving experience, with more low-end grunt and lots of torque available almost everywhere, with peak torque now sustained in over 70 percent of the rev range.

The new Civic Si is also lighter than its predecessor and features a more rigid chassis which is also upgraded from lesser models to better exploit the performance on offer. These upgrades include an adaptive electric power steering system, sport suspension with adaptive dampers, a limited-slip differential, 12.3-inch front brake rotors and a set of 235/40 R18 tires, with Honda also to offer a stickier tire as an option.

The sport suspension also features stiffer spring rates and more rigid stabilizer bars (+30 percent front, +60 percent rear), solid front and rear bushings and the upper control arms directly from the Type R version. There are two driving modes to choose: Normal and Sport, with the latter adjusting the suspension, throttle response and steering wheel for a more direct and sporty feel.

On the outside, the new Honda Civic Si is getting a black front fascia with larger side air intakes, 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, a model-specific two-tone paint finish and a chrome polygonal exhaust tip mounted in the center of the bumper. The Si Sedan gets a more subtle rear spoiler than incorporates the LED brake light while the Si Coupe retains its characteristic full-width light bar and adds a raised spoiler into the mix.

The cabin now features Si-exclusive sports seats with red stitching, which is carried through the door panels, steering wheel and that leather shift boot with the always awesome aluminum shift knob.

There is also plenty of kit on-board as the new Civic Si builds off the EX-T Civic Sedan and EX-T Civic Coupe trim levels and includes features like dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and rain-sensing wipers. There’s also a 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while all Si models come with a 450-watt, 10-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system with SiriusXM Radio, HD Radio and Pandora.

The new Honda Civic Si Sedan and Coupe will go on sale next month with an MSRP in the mid-$20,000 range.



  • ediotsavant

    2018 already?

    • Eythan Aldrich

      dude research about that…..you might learn something

  • Jason Miller

    I just bought a 2017 Elantra Sport 6MT and absolutely do not regret my decision. Best bang for the buck on the market right now. Really the only thing that appeals to me with this new Si is the LSD as I don’t like the exterior and have never liked Honda’s interiors.

    • Joey F

      Been looking at those myself, the Jalopnik review was excellent. Hard to beat all they give you for the price.

      • Jason Miller

        It’s great man, I’ll be keeping this thing for a while that’s for sure. Tons of potential with mods too.

    • LJ

      My sister was in the market for a new car and really liked the looks of the Elantra until she sat in one. Nothing by cheap, hard plastics and dated design work.

      She opted for a new, loaded Mazda 3, which is a far superior car overall.

      • Jason Miller

        I can’t say what the other Elantra’s are like inside, but for the Sport I can say there are a couple areas where you can see they cut costs to make up for all the extras (like no chrome on the interior door handles) but the rest of the car, especially the performance features that you get are well worth it. And a loaded Mazda 3 would cost thousands more. Doesn’t sound like she was looking for a performance car though, just a comfy daily.

      • Six_Tymes

        great choice

    • Jp

      Same here! I love mine as well. The only downside, let’s be honest, is the numb steering feel, otherwise it’s a great value for money.

      • Jason Miller

        I haven’t done much other than drive back and forth to work so far, but no complaints about the steering here yet.

        • Jp

          The steering is sharp, but what s numb is the feedback. It s not existent at all. I cross-shopped this car with the GTI, it s a bit better in that respect. I come from a 335i with an hydraulic steering though, so my point of view might be a little biased… 🙂

    • Mill0048

      I respect this car. Hyundai is offering a solid overall product for a good price. Cars have become so good over the last few years, we’re spoiled. We forgot cars like this still have a lot to offer. And that exhaust burble… 🙂

      • Jason Miller

        The dealer had mine listed for $24k, I got it for $19k which in my opinion is a steal.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I’m very disappointed. First, THIS IS MAKING N/A POWER!
    It has a turbocharger for Christ’s sake! It should have AT LEAST 220! What’s to stop me from getting a goddamn 86 or BRZ instead of the coupe? The twins will perform better anyways, and you can actually achieve deliberate oversteer. Second, this design is so underwhelming. Actually no. IT’S APPALLING. With the last generation, you could tell which Civic is the Si. This looks like a factory ricer package with that bootleg Aventador exhaust. And on the sedan…THOSE FUCKING USELESS VENTS MAKE A COMEBACK. Did Honda think,”Our Civic concept that was supposed to showcase what the Si SHOULD look like? We don’t like it. I think, we should make it look like a Lamborghini. We should make the vents OFFENSIVELY big. Yes I know it doesn’t need that much cooling, so we’ll put plastic behind it. our customers are idiots anyways. We should carry this theme to the back, especially on the sedan. Yesiree, we should take ths single exit exhaust, AND THE REAR VENTS. Shape them exactly like on the 700-4. Yes I know it’s not mid-engined, but the customers will think it’s nice. But we should probably remove the VTEC sticker on the rear door. It’s too RICE.”

    TL;DR-The Ninth Generation Si was never bad looking, but compared to this, it’s a Bugatti Atlantic!

    • Adam Coats

      I don’t necessarily agree with most of your posts on this site, but you nailed this one. Well done sir.

    • Mill0048

      “But we should probably remove the VTEC sticker on the rear door. It’s too RICE.” LOL

      As far as engine, it depends how they price it. If they can keep it around VW GTI territory, it would seem reasonable. I’m sure this will be around 6 seconds to 60 and the torque will feel like the car is hitting harder than it is. It does have the nice electronically adjustable dampers, throttle and steering.

      Styling is subjective; I’m personally not a fan of the spoiler designs.

    • Benjamin B.

      It makes about same as the old 2.4L Si/Accord/CRV. Only difference is it’s 1.5L and a has a small turbo.

      • Mill0048

        It makes a lot more torque way earlier too. That has a huge benefit off the line.

    • Jason Miller

      I’d like to see a 1.5L N/A make 205hp in a new car. Not gonna happen…

    • Six Thousand Times

      205 ain’t bad for a turbo 1.5. The Toyobaru twins are a half litre bigger.

      • Mill0048

        …and down on torque by comparison. Plus the torque is on the other end of the tach.

        • Kyle Newberry

          If you simply replace the header, the torque issues are solved.

          • Mill0048

            I’m assuming you are referring to the torque dip. I have a BRZ with the performance package and people make the torque dip seem like the car is un-drivable. Not the case. It’s an amazingly fun car in stock form and the torque-dip bothers me none. Of course, adding more power is always nice.

          • Kyle Newberry

            Yeah was talking about the tq dip.

    • cargeniuass

      I was thinking something similar the other day. I don’t get everyone who knocks the toyobaru twins, but will cream over an older high revving vtec type r or si.
      The toyobarus are high revving, rwd, and with nearly 50/50 weight distribution.
      People are always saying put a turbo this and its too slow that, hey, Honda just made the car you’ve been saying would be better than the toyobaru twins and its the si.
      It sucks, I really thought they’d make an awesome car, expecially with the new engines and type r coming out.
      Oh well, glad i have my fr-s still.

    • JimmyK

      If Honda doesn’t make a BIG reboot to her roots and doesn’t fire all the design team of the new civic,she has no future even among her most hardcore fans.I agree with every word you are writing above.This stubborn policy she has as a company the last years is no fruitful at any point.As you said customers are not idiots.From the 1.5 civic to the type r or the si or even the halo car NSX,the sales are gonna drop hard.After all out there there are a lot of better options one way or another.If she doesn’t start listen the customers,the fans,the people,I think in some years from now she is gonna be the new Mitsubishi of today….And that is sad….

  • Harry_Wild

    No power! No automatic available too! Not going sell many here in the big city!

    • Kaisuke971


      • Mill0048

        In more ways than one.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      automatic? really? most of the models are automatic……deal with it

  • Benjamin B.

    200HP? You can get 200HP in a smaller and more practical Ford Fiesta ST hot hatchback.

  • fgclolz

    Would prefer a hatchback instead. Looking to replace my ’93 Sentra XE that’s served me well for 17 years.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Would you be able to live with those obnoxious vents if it was a hatch?

      • fgclolz

        Sure, it’ll be a daily driver, something I won’t care much about, something that I’d park at a compact space and get dinged on by some fat dude opening his doors wide open trying to get into his car.

    • Kyle Newberry

      Get the Focus ST, or even an upcoming Yaris GRMN. Heck, for a little less horse than this get a stunning Mazda 3!

      • fgclolz

        The Mazda 3’s been on my radar too.

      • Mill0048

        I just traded in my manual 2016 Mazda 3 GT hatch with the ‘big’ motor. Even not having driven the new SI, I can tell the 3 is no substitute. The Mazda 3 GT is a fantastic feature laden premium compact, but the driving dynamics are just a only little better than it’s direct competition. There is too much suspension squat and dive when accelerating and braking. However, lateral suspension movements are very good. The motor is torquey, but lacks driving enthusiasm and red-lines at 6250 rpm. The trans is amazing but doesn’t like to be ridden hard. It’s more grand-tourer than sport tourer.

  • Six_Tymes

    the rear bumper cover is laughable. those huge fake plastic vents, too funny! I look forward to seeing these cars on the road so i can laugh my ass off!

  • Infinite1

    Pretty disappointing, 205 HP? Really? With all the hype, this is what Honda is marketing for the Si? People will opt for the Type R or other cars in the class for more power.

  • Trackhacker

    So this is disappointing. I can’t even tell the difference between the normal sedan and the SI sedan. The coupe looks much better. Also…I thought it was supposed to have 220hp? Why is it stuck at 205 again? At 205 thy should of just made it NA again. Now you have the same power as NA, but Turbo lag…>__>… The new interior is great however!

  • Sven Dijkstra

    Opinions are good.

    But it is tru Honda made the best cars for Honda lovers.
    I am onest, for me only Honda.
    After Honda my choise will be a Mercedes.

  • dumblikeyou2

    This Si officially erases all credibility Honda earned in the 80s, 90s, and a sliver of the 2000s.

  • Blade t

    Only 205hp with a turbo ?? I guess Honda never wants the si to have any power . Im a Honda fan and im totally disappointed ….

  • SteersUright

    Goofy as they might look, I’ve always found Honda Performance cars to be great fun to drive.