Honda Civic Si

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Honda Civic Si
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2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe (FG4 (US); facelift)
Body and chassis
ClassSport compact
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
RelatedHonda Civic

The Honda Civic Si is a sport compact trim of Civic by Honda. The Si (Sport Injected) trim was introduced for the third generation of Honda Civics in both Japan and North America. In Canada and elsewhere, the trim became known as the SiR for the sixth and seventh generations, and the Si trim was equivalent to the USDM EX model.[1][2]

For the Japanese and European markets, the Civic Type R was adopted as the high-performance variant of the Civic, starting with the EK9 hatch for Japan in 1996 and then with the EP3 hatch for Europe in 2001. In North America the Type R name was never used until the 2017 model year with the launch of the Honda Civic Type R. Previous to this the Si label was the highest in North America (except for Acura vehicles). The Civic Si contrasts with the more track-oriented and spartan Type R, which has less sound deadening and amenities in return for better performance. The Civic Si has been positioned as more of a full-featured sport trim, featuring luxury options such as a sunroof and a seven speaker audio system.


1987 Honda Civic Si

Honda first adopted the Si badge for the Japanese domestic market (JDM) third-generation Civic in November 1984. Japanese and European Si's received a 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) DOHC engine, while US and Canadian cars were powered by a 91 hp (68 kW), 12-valve SOHC engine. The Civic Si also appeared in New Zealand and Australia in 1987, with specifications similar to those of the American-market Si.


Initially, the Civic Si hatchback was absent from the 1988 Civic lineup, with only the CRX Si offered this model year. In 1989, however, the Civic Si hatchback was reintroduced to the US market.


The 1992-1995 Civic Si model featured disc brakes, a power moonroof with tilt, cruise control, a dashboard clock, a 9,000 rpm tachometer with a 7,200 rpm redline, plastic wheel covers on 14 inch wheels, power side mirrors (body coloured, beginning in 1993), body-coloured door handles, and a 125 hp (93 kW) 1.6 L single-overhead cam D16Z6 VTEC engine with manual transmission. It enabled the car to hit 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 16.3 seconds at 86 mph (138 km/h).[3] VTEC activated on the intake side and not the exhaust side, which was the result of the spark plug blocking the area where the cam follower would be. In 1994, rear speakers and optional ABS were also added.


1999 Honda Civic Si

The Honda Civic Si was not sold in the US during model years 1996-1998. It started production again for the 1999 and 2000 model years. After this brief hiatus, the Civic Si reappeared for 1999, available as a coupé only. With the adoption of the VTi badge in Europe and the SiR and Type R badges in Japan for the sports variants of Civics, the Si became primarily a US-specific badge, a branding trend that would continue in subsequent Civic generations.


The EP3 Civic Si of the USA and EP3 Civic SiR of Canada was marketed as the North American versions of the European EP3 Honda Civic Type R, manufactured in Swindon, England. Unlike other generations of the Civic Si, it does not share a body style or interior with the regular USDM Civic (offered only in sedan and coupé forms)

2002-03 Honda Civic Si (US)


The Civic Si continued to be the sportiest Civic on offer in North America, although the badge was used on a somewhat sporting model in Europe (where the Type-R sits atop the lineup). The US model has a 197 hp (147 kW; 200 PS) version of the K20 engine (K20Z3), a 6-speed manual transmission, sport seats, and different styling. The Civic Si coupe debuted a few months after the initial launch of the 2006 models, with the Civic Si sedan following in 2006 (2007 in Canada). The K20z3 engine found in the 8th generation civic si boasts an impressive revolution limit of 8300 RPM, a VTEC engagement point of 5800 RPM, and achieves peak horsepower at 7800 RPM[4]. In addition to being built at Honda's Alliston, Ontario plant, the car was also manufactured at Sumaré, São Paulo, Brazil by Honda Brazil from January 2008. A special version of the 8th generation civic Si, known as the Mugen Si debuted in 2008 and featured a slightly different body kit, a more free flowing exhaust, updated suspension, 18 inch forged wheels, a larger rear wing, and different interior components[5]. The Mugen Si was available as a 4 door only, exclusively in Fiji Blue Pearl and features front and rear MUGEN emblems. The suspension featured on the Mugen Si gives the vehicle a 0.6 inch lower ride height as well.[6] .


Ninth generation Si (FB6/FG4)
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2012 Honda Civic Si Sedan (FB6 (US); pre-facelift)
AssemblyAlliston, Ontario, Canada (HCM)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan (FB6)
2-door coupe (FG4)
Engine2.4L 205 hp (153 kW; 208 PS) K24Z7 I4
Transmission6-speed manual with Helical Limited-Slip Differential
WheelbaseCoupe: 103.1 in (2,619 mm)
Sedan: 103.1 in (2,619 mm)
LengthCoupe: 176.1 in (4,473 mm)
Sedan: 177.3 in (4,503 mm)
Width69.0 in (1,753 mm)
HeightCoupe: 55.0 in (1,397 mm)
Sedan: 56.5 in (1,435 mm)
Curb weight2,877 lb (1,305 kg) (2012 Coupe)
2,895 lb (1,313 kg) (2012 Sedan)
2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe (FG4 (US); pre-facelift)

The ninth generation was the first generation to use a different engine than other models of the Honda Civic. The ninth generation Civic Si is available as a Coupe and as a Sedan. Honda uses a new 2.4L K-Series (K24Z7) which has increased displacement through longer piston stroke than the K20Z3 from the 8th generation Civic Si, yet the K24Z7 retains the 11.0:1 compression used in the K20Z3. The K24Z7 produces 201 hp and 170 lb⋅ft (230 N⋅m) of torque. Honda retuned the exhaust system in early 2014, increasing the output to 205 hp and 174 lb⋅ft (236 N⋅m) of torque.[7] The K24Z7 is different than the K24Z7 found in the Honda CR-V; the CR-V has lower compression and a different, efficiency-oriented VTEC design.

The redline of the K24Z7 is 7,000 rpm with a fuel cut at 7,200 rpm. A 6 speed manual transmission with a helical LSD (Limited Slip Differential) is still offered as the only available transmission option for the Civic Si.[8] The wing spoilers are different from the 8th generation, and the interior of the car received slight updates with the addition of a rev limit indicator and a power meter displayed in the new i-MID (intelligent Multi-Information Display). Sway bars have been changed to F18mm/R15mm from the F28mm/R17mm in 8th generation. The chassis is more rigid, and the curb weight is slightly lower than the 8th generation.

2015 Honda Civic Si Sedan (FB6 (US); facelift)

Announced at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas a HFP (Honda Factory Performance) version of the Civic was made available in a limited production of dealer installed performance parts which included:

  • Lowered Suspension
  • 18" HFP Diamond Cut Alloy Wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires sized in 215/40-18
  • Full body Kit including front, rear and side skirts
  • HFP Badging
  • HFP Branded Floor mats

In Canada, the production was limited to 400 (200 Black Coupes, 200 White Coupes). In the USA, the production was limited to 500 available in all of the colors Honda Offered the Civic Si Coupe in. After the 2015 model year, Honda did not produce the Civic Si for 2016, citing poor sales.[9]


Tenth generation Si (FC1/FC3)
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2017 Honda Civic Si Sedan (FC1 (US); pre-facelift)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
2-door coupe
Engine1.5L 205 hp (153 kW; 208 PS) L15B7 I4 VTC turbo
Transmission6-speed manual with Helical Limited-Slip Differential
Wheelbase106.3 in (2,700 mm)
LengthCoupe: 177.3 in (4,503 mm)
Sedan: 182.8 in (4,643 mm)
WidthCoupe: 70.9 in (1,801 mm)
Sedan: 70.8 in (1,798 mm)
HeightCoupe: 54.7 in (1,389 mm)
Sedan: 55.5 in (1,410 mm)
Curb weight2,889 lb (1,310 kg) (Coupe)
2,906 lb (1,318 kg) (Sedan)

The 2017 Honda Civic Si (tenth generation) was revealed in a live YouTube broadcast on April 6, 2017. It is powered by a more powerful version of the 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine used in other Civics. It went on sale during May 2017 in the United States as either a coupe or sedan. It is based on the 10th generation Honda Civic EX-T, both the sedan and coupe variants. A direct injected 1.5 liter turbocharged engine utilizes dual variable cam timing (dual VTC) to produce 205 horsepower and 192ft-lb of torque. Peak horsepower is reached at 5700 rpm, while low end maximum torque is available between 2,100 and 5,000 rpm. The suspension has been tuned and stiffened over the standard Civic.

The body includes highly upgraded chassis and drive components, including a dual-pinion adaptive electric power steering system with variable ratios, sport-tuned suspension, an adaptive damper system, a helical limited-slip differential, larger front brake rotors (12.3-inch) and wider 235/40 R18 tires. In addition to adaptive dampers, suspension upgrades over the Civic EX-T include stiffer spring rates, more rigid stabilizer bars (+7 percent front, +26 percent rear), and solid front and rear compliance bushings, the latter shared with the track-focused Civic Type R.

Media coverage[edit]

In Insurance Bureau of Canada's report on top 10 most stolen vehicles in 2005, 2000 Honda Civic Si 2-door, 1999 Honda Civic Si coupe, 1994 Honda Civic Si 2-door Hatchback, 1995 Honda Civic Si 2-door Hatchback are listed as ranks #1, #2, #5, #8 respectively.[10] The sixth and seventh generation Civic Si was badged as a Civic SiR in Canada while the Canadian Si was equivalent to a US market EX. The Honda Civic is also the most popular passenger vehicle in Canada.


  1. ^ "Honda » Test Drive: 2004 Honda Civic Si Sedan". CanadianDriver. 2004-04-30. Retrieved 2011-02-02.
  2. ^ "Honda Civic SiR". 2002-04-03. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  3. ^ "Honda Civic Si". Car & Driver.
  4. ^ "2007 - 197-hp, 2.0-Liter, DOHC i-VTEC - K20Z3". Honda Civic Blog. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  5. ^ Gillies, Mark (2008-02-17). "2008 Honda Civic Mugen Si Sedan". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  6. ^ Retrieved 2019-07-24. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "2014 Civic Si Ups the Ante with More Power, Higher Tech and Sportier Coupe Styling". Honda.
  8. ^ "Build Your Civic". American Honda Motor Co.
  9. ^ Honda Canada Inc. "Honda HFP".
  10. ^ "Top 10 stolen cars". MSN Finance.

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