Talking about the Honda Civic Si is always a delicate topic as it stirs the passion of many enthusiasts. In Brazil, the sixth-generation Civic Si, produced between 2007 and 2012, is worshiped as one of the best sports cars ever sold on our land – despite its front-wheel drive, powerful, spinning K20 engine and well-engineered dynamic behavior, . Outside, the Civic Si has been around since the late 1980s, and is a favorite of anyone looking for a fun car without spending too much.
And, if you’re one of the admirers of the Civic Si you’ve certainly realized – in practice or reading on the Internet – that the seventh generation of Si has not had the same success. Not that he was not a competent car, with his naturally aspirated 2.4-liter, 206 hp K24 engine and good dynamic set-up. But its look was not much more than okay (the high stance for a sporting one did not help, even more in the national model, 15 mm higher) and the package, as a whole, delivered less than the Golf GTI, its greater rival. We liked the car, as you can see in this review, but there was no denying that the qualities of the Civic Si were diluted, despite having only two doors and a more aggressive face.
We have not yet had the chance to direct the new Civic Si – the eighth to receive the acronym in ten generations – and it is not even certain that it will be offered in Brazil. However, there was no way we could not ask ourselves how the new Si was. Luckily, the ratings in the American press have begun to come out. Let’s take a look at what they’re talking about him!
The impression that the previous generation has left to wish on previous ones also happened outside. And perhaps this has helped the crew to realize more eloquently the qualities of the new Civic Si. Incidentally, the whole generation was highly praised, and rightly so: Honda has completely changed the face of the Civic with a new, larger platform. (About 45 kg less) and, for the first time, with the adoption of turbocharged engines.
And it’s a turbocharged engine that powers the new Civic Si: the four-cylinder four-cylinder direct injection already seen in other versions of the model, but with an extra dose of pepper. If in our Civic Touring, for example, the engine delivers 173 hp at 5,500 rpm and 22.4 mkgf of torque at 1,700 rpm (already excellent numbers, by the way), on the Si are 208 hp at 5,700 rpm and 26.5 mkgf of Torque at 2,100 rpm. The spikes take a little extra to get there and the extra breath makes all the difference.
Honda reports seven seconds to go from zero to 100 km / h but, according to Automobile, this is a conservative brand: they managed to do the same in six seconds. The top speed is 220 km / h, which is not bad for a four-cylinder sports car, which in many cases will be more used on the streets and roads than on the track.
For Autoblog, the steering system also deserves to be highlighted: “This is one area where Si really shows the one that came. The steering never seems to be too heavy, either in Normal mode or in Sport mode, which reduces the power supply, leaves the buffers firmer and improves throttle responses. In Sport mode, the direction is also frighteningly accurate. The front wheels respond even the most delicate movements, and you always know where the wheels are pointing. In Normal mode, the accuracy is somewhat lower. The feedback is great and natural in both modes. ”
That said, the car is not perfect: a common complaint was the lack of personality of the snore, which is still quite void inside the car thanks to efficient acoustic insulation. “A little noise has never hurt anyone,” complains Automobile. In addition, it is worth remembering that the 1.5 turbo does not rotate as much as the aspirated engines used before, which in itself kills one of the biggest appeals of the Civic.
It remains to be seen if the public is able to change the snoring and the high rotations that made the model famous due to characteristics common to other sports cars of the moment: fuel economy, wider torque range and power, and sharper performance. Do you?