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The all-new 2022 Honda Civic Si breaks cover

The new 2022 Honda Civic Si has finally broken cover and shows why it’s still so iconic. Targeting a new generation of driving enthusiasts, the new Civic intends to gather a new group of fans for a richer, more rewarding and engaging driving experience. Known for their engines, Honda hasn’t disappointed, and in this case, has stuffed the new Civic Si with an updated turbocharged engine, standard manual transmission and more. The VTEC worshippers are going wild!

Ready to rumble: The 2022 Honda Civic Si.

A new, more responsive powertrain.

Under the hood of the 2022 Civic Si, there’s a new updated 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 VTEC engine. Previous Honda engines came into their own once the reves reached over 5,000 rpm. This new VTEC mill now features a wider powerband for more grunt at slower speeds. By the numbers, the engine produces 200 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 192 lb-ft of torque between 1,800-5,000 rpm.

The powertrain comes standard with a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with standard rev-matching that has been “borrowed” from the Civic Type R. The manual is the only transmission on offer and features a 10-percent shorter throw with a more rigid shift lever for quicker gear changes.

Good Sounds

The sound of the new Honda Civic Si has been improved, so there is no need for a Coffee can-style muffler, thanks to a new dual-coil silencer exhaust system to increase exhaust flow by 27 percent when compared to the Civic Touring model. Honda’s Active Sound Control system enhances the sound to produce higher-quality engine noise over a wider portion of the car’s powerband.

There’s more: a new single-mass flywheel is 26 percent lighter than the previous dual-mass unit it replaces. This 30-percent reduction in inertia enables the engine to produce a snappier throttle response. That power ends up at the front wheels with an included limited-slip differential.

Finally, a new rev-matching system directly from the Civic Type R is now on board. With it, drivers are treated to an automatic blip of the throttle when it detects a downshift. The result is a quick and perfect shift.

The 2022 Honda Civic Si and its under bumper spoiler.

Structurally Dynamic

The new 2022 Honda Civic Si is structurally the most rigid Civic ever. The Si is now 8-percent more rigid and now enjoys a 13-percent increase in bending rigidity compared to the outgoing model thanks to its high-strength steel. The Civic Si’s track is now a half-inch wider, while the wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer for a total of 107.7 inches.

Springs and shocks have also been revised, with an 8-percent front improvement and a 54-percent improvement over the Civic Sedan. The front MacPherson struts include reinforced upper mountings for increased cornering ability. They have been assisted by thicker front and rear stabilizer bars to minimize body roll while corner-cutting. These and other parts, some even from the Civic Type R, help improve the new Civic Si’s agility when attacking the twisties.

Larger-than-standard brake rotors are in place at both the front and rear of the Honda Civic Si. They serve to bring things under control following the controlled chaos seen from behind the wheel of this Civic.

Tailored to your driving style(s)

The new Civic Si features several drive modes that help tailor the car to certain road conditions or to your specific driving style. Start with Normal and Sport as the basic options. Add the new Individual mode that allows the driver to select and tailor throttle response, steering assistance, rev-matching. The driver can also change the stop/start mode and adjust the gauge lighting from white to red.

Styling on the highway

The new styling of the 2022 Honda Civic Si includes sporty design cues and functional aerodynamic aids. The front end now includes a spoiler that’s hidden under the bumper. In back, there’s a gloss black rear decklid spoiler for increased downforce and high-speed stability.

Finish off the exterior with a vibrant Si-exclusive Blazing Orange Pearl exterior paint. This color is set off nicely by 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels in matte black.

Driver-oriented cabin

The 2022 Honda Civic Si interior.

The new Civic Si features new body stabilizing sport seats with integrated head restraints and improved shoulder and lower thigh supports. The front seats also include enhanced thigh support for less fatigue during long trips.

Special performance seats in the 2022 Honda Civic Si.

Electronically, the Si includes a new 7-inch color instrument display with a digital tachometer and multi-information display on the center and left-hand of the display. A physical speedometer dial occupies the right side. In the center of the dash is a 9-inch HD color touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity. A new 12-speaker Bose premium audio system helps to deliver the tuneage when the engine note is simply not enough.

To whet the appetite

These are just some of the highlights of the new 2022 Honda Civic Si. There’s so much more to discover, but Honda is not quite ready just yet. That’s why we recommend checking back with Napleton News for the latest information on this new Honda hot-rod.

 

 

 

 

This post was published on October 21, 2021

Mark Elias

I've loved everything on wheels: Trains, Planes and definitely Automobiles. I am constantly in search of the latest in new technology, which makes our lives better each day, but will always respect the classics. You can't continue forward without first taking a look back at where you've been.

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