Honda's Hot Pocket Rocket: Civic Si

By Frank A. Aukofer, July 12th, 2014

Though automobile companies are not generally thought of as being holy, they are into halos. Traditionally, so-called "halo cars" reside somewhere near the top-of-the-line to create consumer interest intended to rub off on lesser members of the clan.

Manufacturer photo: The restyled 2014 Civic Si Coupe, riding on larger (+1 inch) performance-styled 18-inch alloy wheels, has an aggressive, sporty presence
Manufacturer photo: The restyled 2014 Civic Si Coupe, riding on larger (+1 inch) performance-styled 18-inch alloy wheels, has an aggressive, sporty presence

Chevrolet offers the Corvette Stingray and the high-performance SS sedan. Mercedes-Benz has a hot performance division called AMG. And Chrysler is building a new 600-horsepower Dodge Challenger called the Hellcat -- part of the idea being that the panting customer goes to the dealer to look at it and maybe buys a Dodge Dart.

Some even go so far as to insert halo cars into their lower priced lines so enthusiasts with limited incomes can get or at least fantasize about the adrenaline inducing stuff they crave. As a result, buyers can choose from cars like the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Mazdaspeed3, or the subject here -- the Honda Civic Si.

In its ninth generation, the Civic Si has always flown the performance wings for the Civic lineup, though not with the adulation accorded to the Golf's performance version, the GTI.

Now, however, the Civic Si has been upgraded, tweaked, cosmeticized and massaged to the point where it holds its own and even exceeds some of the best of the compact performance cars -- clich

Specifications

Base price $24,290 (as tested: $25,280)
Curb weight 3,002 lbs.
Displacement 2.4-liter
Epa mileage rating 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 13.2 gal.
Horsepower (net) 205 at 7000 rpm
Motor type 16-valve 4-cylinder w/MPFI
Overall length 178.8 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 174 at 4400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual
Vehicle type 5-passenger FWD compact coupe
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