2018 Honda Civic Si Debuts: Top 5 Things You Need to Know

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The 2018 Honda Civic Si has finally debuted at the New York Auto Show, and it helps bridge the gap between the common Civic that everyone buys and the hardcore Type R.

This seems like the 20th time we’ve seen some sort of Civic debut in the past couple years, and that might be this Civic’s biggest problem. Does anyone really care about the Si now that the Type R is almost here? The Honda faithful also seem to be up in arms about the Si’s lack of a high-revving VTEC engine and no horsepower increase, but there are real reasons for them to give the car a chance.

The last Honda Civic Si was kind of a disappointment on the track – it was great to drive on the street but too sloppy on the track to be really gratifying. This one is promising to be much better in every way. Here are 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Honda Civic Si.

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1. It Has a Turbo for the First Time Ever

For the first time ever, the Honda Civic Si is powered by a turbocharged engine. It’s not VTEC, but the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine will make 205 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 192 lb-ft of torque from 2100-5000 from. Honda fanboys seemed to be pretty let down because that’s the same amount of power as the last Si, but torque is higher and the car is lighter, which means it should be faster.


2. A 6-Speed Manual is the Only Transmission

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As before, a six-speed manual is still the only transmission you can get, but you get two driving modes: Normal and Sport.


3. Performance Upgrades All Around

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A bunch of upgrades have been made throughout that should help the Civic Si’s performance and handling: the Si gets bigger brakes, a stiffer chassis, lighter body, upgraded steering, a sport-tuned suspension, an adaptive damper system and a limited-slip differential.


4. Coupe and Sedan, No Hatch

The Civic Si will be offered as a coupe or sedan, so if you wanted a hatch, you’ll have to get the regular hatch or a Type R.


5. Availability and Pricing

The 2018 Honda Civic Si will start in the mid-$20,000s in the U.S. and will go sale in May 2017.

  • Blake Fadem

    Not offering an SI hatch seems like an oversight along the lines of the WRX.
    Why make the bonkers Type-R that few can afford as their DD a hatch and not the higher volume SI?

  • Chris Walters

    And it’s made in Canada, eh?

  • Chris Walters

    Why put 4 doors on your “Performance” model?

  • Blake Fadem

    Because creating a low selling 2 Dr version isnt financially practical any longer. Thats why the Focus RS, 17′ VW GTI, 18′ Civic Type R are all 4+ doors.

  • Chris Walters

    So the Si will outsell the the Type R? In europe you can still get 2 door hot hatches. You can get the GTI and Golf R in two door in the states as well…Nothing says high performance like four doors. They should put a child seat in it standard too!

  • Blake Fadem

    2016 was the last yr u could get a 2dr gti or R in the US!
    The Civic Type R will be limited production so yes the SI coupe and sedan will outsell it several times over.

  • Chris Walters

    That’s just sad…

  • ShitMyNameWontF

    “So the Si will outsell the the Type R?” Uh duh lol. Just like how the WRX outsells the STI, the GTI outsells the Golf R, etc. These cars are more catered to the younger crowd, who don’t have enough money to buy the more expensive version.

  • Chris Walters

    Ironic. I can afford the Type R–But that seems “more catered to the younger crowd” with that idiotic wing and splitter. HaHa. I’ll go with the Si.

  • Mitt Zombie

    Its still going to be a fun car, but 225 hp would have been better I think and easily doable.

  • Was there a meeting at Honda when they hired the Team that developed the Nissan Juke and asked them to one-Up themselves on the ugliest car they have ever made? Because DAMN that civic is Ugly.. #WouldRatherDriveAnAZTEC