2018 Honda Civic Si; Affordable performance and fun


 By Autoreviewman

While the awesome Honda Civic Type-R is the superstar of the Civic lineup, the 2018 Honda Civic SI Coupe is the milder, but no lesser sports orientated version of the popular Civic. Designed to appeal to the Fast and Furious generation, the SI really does look the part on the outside with its aggressive styling. There are a subtle bodyside mouldings with the requisite aerodynamic aids, a big rear spoiler and large center tailpipe. There is a lighter curb weight, a stiffer body structure, and sport tuned chassis, a lower ride height, combined with a sport orientated suspension, and performance 18-inch tires on alloy rims.  Power for the SI is courtesy of a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 205 horsepower  and 192 pound-feet of torque,  hooked up to a six-speed manual transmission via  front-wheel drive. The SI interior cabin is also specific to this model, with exclusive, high bolstered sport seats with red contrast stitching and embroidered Si logos. There is also a leather- wrapped steering wheel, and leather/ aluminum-topped shift knob, and red TFT instrumentation. A faux carbon-finish instrument panel and alloy sport pedals round off the look. On the road, the Honda Si’s chassis and handling are superbly engineered and offer excellent 0n-road dynamics, making the Si agile and fun to drive. . The suspension upgrades also stiffen, and stabilize handling with the Si’s firmer springs, stiffer bushings, thicker roll bars and multivalve adaptive dampers. There is also an as standard front mechanical limited-slip differential to cope with better performance. The slick six speed manual transmission with its delightful short throw action  offers fast , firm positive gear changes  The new turbo engines    torque combines with the Si’s true limited slip differential to really take on fast corners  with exhilarating speed and tighter entry and exit lines.  The Si is a wonderful car to drive, you sit firmly wrapped in the deeply supportive sport seats and everything falls to the hand and feet with the excellent ergonomics. In closing, the Si comes across as an affordable sporty car that offers a mix of satisfying driving and ownership. Downsides are few, It seats four in comfort, five at a push, is practical and versatile. Fuel economy is rated at (litres/100 km): 8.4 city, 6.2 highway.   Highly recommend if affordable performance is what you need.

2018 Honda Civic Si Priced from $28,990