Honda says it’s the best Civic Si ever.
It features a 6-speed manual and a limited-slip differential.
The new Civic Si arrives later this year.
The Honda Civic Si, in North America, is a sport-compact car deity. From the late 1980s until a little over a year ago, the Civic Si represented the best mix between performance, handling, efficiency, and reliability. For the 2022 model year, Honda reintroduces the Civic Si with more of everything, including fun.
Based on the all-new 2022 Honda Civic sedan, the Si will once more be powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The updated mill will produce 200 horsepower (down 5 from the previous car) at 6,000 rpm and 192 lb.-ft. of torque at 1800-5000 rpm. The torque figure is unchanged from 2020 however peak twisting power arrives 300 rpm sooner which will make the new Si feel quicker.
“Civic Si is a performance icon that has offered affordable high-performance for four decades and the new Honda Civic Si continues that legacy,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice president of National Operations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “It isn’t just a blast to drive, it’s hands down the best Civic Si we’ve ever offered to our customers.”
Coupled to the 1.5T will be a short-throw (10% shorter) 6-speed manual transmission with the standard rev-matching system from the Civic Type R. The improved transmission will include a 26% lighter flywheel which will play a crucial role in making the Si more responsive on throttle application. Also built-in is a limited-slip differential.
The 2022 Civic Si will feature a revised suspension that will improve ride quality. Based on our experience with the new Civic, this may turn out to be the Si’s greatest asset. The new car’s increased torsional rigidity has enabled Honda to bolt on a suspension that is 8% stiffer in the front and 54% stiffer in the rear. The new chassis boasts thicker front and rear stabilizer bars, stronger bushings, and a 60% stiffer steering system torsion bar that will further improve feel and response.
Honda has fitted the Civic Si will larger brakes. Specifically, they consist in 12.3-inch front rotors (+1.2-inches vs. Sedan), and 11.1-inch rear rotors (+0.9-inch vs. Sedan) and are partially hidden by 235/40R18 all-season performance (summer performance optional) tires.
Visually, the new Si differentiates itself from other Civics with its new upper front bumper with spoiler, reshaped rear bumper which sits atop two large oval exhaust tips, gloss black rear spoiler, LED headlights, and taillights, as well as standard 18-inch 10-spoke matte-black alloy wheels.
The cabin features sport seats, sport pedals, and an array of must-have contrast red stitching throughout. Standard tech for the Si includes a 7-inch color instrument display, a 9-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a new 12-speaker Bose premium sound system.
The all-new 2022 Honda Civic Si sedan arrives in showrooms later this year.