• Sep 1, 2006
As much as we like the Civic Si in coupe form, Honda just hit a tape-measure shot with the newly-unveiled Civic Si Sedan that was first previewed as a concept at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year. We're so pleased, that we almost forgive them for witholding the Civic 5-Door and 3-Door from the US market. Almost -- but that's a gripe for another day.

The Civic Sedan is a better looking car than the coupe, so it's not surprising that the Si treatment looks great here. The transformation is very straightforward. Take one Civic sedan, add the Si mechanicals, interior, and visual cues, and voila! -- you now have a high-revving sport sedan that carries four in comfort.

If you're concerned that the sedan's added weight will make it less enjoyable fret not: it only weighs 60 lbs more than the coupe. Winding the Si's 197-hp 2.0-liter i-VTEC up to its 8,000 rpm redline through the 6-speed manual should be as fun as ever. Factor in the snazzy looks and the more practical bodystyle and ladies and gents, we have a winner.

(Pics, Press release after the jump)

[Source: Honda}








PRESS RELEASE:

The Award-Winning Civic Lineup Expands to Include Civic Si Sedan and the Only Natural Gas-Powered Passenger Car Available to Retail Consumers in the U.S.

TORRANCE, Calif. – The eighth generation, 2007 Honda Civic features a well-equipped and technologically-advanced Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe lineup highlighted by an environmentally-responsible Civic Hybrid, a dedicated natural-gas powered Civic GX and an ultra-sporty Civic Si Coupe and Sedan.
Nearly identical mechanically to the Civic Si Coupe, the Civic Si Sedan features a high-performance 197-horsepower i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission, limited slip differential and a sport suspension. Also of note, a dedicated natural gas-powered version of the Civic debuted mid-year 2006.
The Civic represents an extreme transformation of design and dynamics while establishing new segment standards with clean and efficient i-VTEC engine technologies and advanced standard safety equipment like side curtain airbags and the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure.
The most noticeable features of the Civic include its expressive exterior styling, a high-tech and spacious interior, and fun-to-drive performance. The Civic further rewards drivers and passengers with as many as seven ways to listen to audio entertainment – including XM® Satellite Radio, MP3/auxillary input jack and WMA support and an accessory iPod® adapter that connects the popular music player to the Civic's audio controls.

Designed with a sweeping roofline and a sleek windshield angle, the Civic conveys an advanced one-motion profile with a low, wide stance. Available in two distinctive body styles with four engine choices and four transmissions, the Civic represents one of the most diverse vehicles in the automotive industry with 183 combinations of models, trim levels and color variations.

In keeping with Honda's "Safety for Everyone" initiative, standard safety equipment includes Honda's exclusive ACE Body Structure for enhanced vehicle-to-vehicle crash compatibility and collision energy management. The ACE Body Structure enhances frontal collision energy management through a network of load bearing structures in the front of the vehicle. Conceived around "real world" safety, this newly developed front-end frame structure incorporates new upper and lower frame members to significantly enhance energy dispersion in a frontal collision. In addition, the Civic provides a long list of standard safety equipment including side curtain airbags, front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), active front head restraints and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Honda's commitment to safety extends to pedestrians as well as vehicle occupants. To help reduce pedestrian injuries in the event of a collision, the Civic's hood and fender areas are designed to deform if contacted by the head of an adult or child pedestrian.
Honda stylists and engineers prioritized sophistication to create a high-quality, advanced and sporty interior space with the latest technology, storage areas compatible with the latest electronics and innovative styling. More standard features and new available features like a voice activated navigation system highlight Honda's dedication to elevating the interior of the Civic to an entirely new level.

A two-tier instrument panel positions priority gauges, like the speedometer, up high in the driver's field of vision. The body width allows the seats to be wider and more supportive, and a spacious multi-function center console accommodates up to 20 compact discs and performs armrest duties for both front occupants.
The latest generation of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ is available on Si, Hybrid and EX models and features a 6.5-inch motorized display that opens and closes for access to the internal single-disc CD player and a new digital audio card reader that can play MP3 and WMA files from CompactFlash® and similar media via a PC card adapter. The navigation system features more than 7 million points of interest and the voice activation can control the navigation menus and the audio system, along with entering city and street names.

All Civic audio systems provide as much as 350 watts through seven speakers on EX Coupe and Si models, including an external amplifier and 8-inch subwoofer. All Civic audio systems have MP3/WMA CD playback capability. Auxiliary audio input jacks are standard equipment on LX and above trim levels allowing for portable music device playback through the car's speakers. XM Satellite Radio is standard on navigation-equipped EX, Si and Hybrid models. The Civic LX Coupe models have a six-speaker 160-watt audio system with a single-disc CD player (four speakers for the LX sedan). All audio systems feature Speed-Sensitive Volume Control (SVC) that automatically adjusts the volume based on vehicle speed. Audio displays include CD/MP3 text readout, and the coupe provides a customizable welcome screen (non-navi).

Civic Si Sedan and Coupe
The Civic Si Sedan embraces the styling and performance of a Civic Si Coupe, marking the first time that "Si" performance is available in the Civic Sedan. Similar to the recently introduced Civic Si Coupe, the Civic Si Sedan will serve as another performance halo for the Civic line-up with a 197-horsepower, 16-valve, DOHC 2.0 liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine with an 8,000 rpm redline, mated to a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission. The 139 lb-ft. of torque @ 6100 rpm adds to the high-performance characteristics. Helping to put all that power to the ground is a helical-type, limited slip differential for improved traction and cornering performance.

The Civic Si Sedan showcases the performance potential of the Civic platform to the highest degree. It can carve through twisty roads like a sports car, sprint from 0 to 60 quickly and still provide the everyday practicality of a Civic with its legendary quality, refinement and durability. Its exclusive exterior features a low-profile rear spoiler wing, aero cladding and Si emblems. Its sporty interior has deeply bolstered seats, red fabric stitching and unique trim panels. The Civic Si Sedan chassis has 17-inch dark silver alloy wheels, 215/45R17 high-performance tires (summer tire available), and 4-wheel disc brakes.

Civic GX
Based on the award-winning 2007 Civic, the ultra-clean Civic GX produces near zero emissions, makes owners eligible for a $4,000 federal tax credit and can be refueled with a convenient home refueling appliance, "Phill" (available through qualifying Honda dealers in California). The Civic GX is the only dedicated natural gas-powered passenger car available to retail customers in the United States.

The Civic GX achieves an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated city/highway fuel economy of 28/39 miles per gasoline-gallon equivalent. Currently natural gas is approximately thirty-five percent less expensive than gasoline when purchased at a refueling station, and can be more than 50 percent cheaper than gasoline when supplied by a Phill home refueling appliance.

Natural gas fuel is an ideal lower-cost alternative to gasoline and is primarily a domestically produced fuel with a price that has proven to track below that of petroleum fuels. Proclaimed the "cleanest internal combustion engine on Earth" by the EPA, the GX is the only vehicle certified by the EPA to meet both Federal Tier 2-Bin 2 and Inherently Low Emission Vehicle (ILEV) zero evaporative emission certification standards. The Civic GX meets these strict emission standards, as natural gas is a clean-burning fuel. Natural gas-powered vehicles are part of Honda's energy strategy to offer the best available technology for the reduction of air pollution and petroleum dependence and serves as an enabling technology for hydrogen fuel cell cars in the future.

Civic Hybrid
The Civic Hybrid provides clean and efficient technology to deliver the highest fuel economy of any 2007 Civic and most environmentally-responsible gasoline powered Civic ever. A new generation of Honda's Integrated Motor Assist® (IMA®) technology helps the Civic Hybrid achieve an EPA-estimated city/highway fuel economy of 49/51 miles per gallon.

The Civic Hybrid is equipped with Advanced-Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) equipment in all 50 states and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard equipment. The Civic Hybrid can deactivate all four of its cylinders and operate using only the electric motor in certain low-speed cruising situations. Power is provided by a 1.3-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder engine and a 20 horsepower electric motor, producing a combined 110-horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 123 lb-ft. torque @ 1000-2500 rpm. Compared to a 2007 Civic Sedan with an automatic transmission, the Civic Hybrid provides a city fuel economy increase of approximately 63 percent and a highway fuel economy increase of approximately twenty-seven percent. These impressive statistics have garnered from the 2006 World Car of the Year award jury, "The Greenest Car."

Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe
Rich with features, the Civic Sedan and Coupe provide a long list of standard equipment across its entire trim level lineup with high quality audio systems, intelligent ergonomics and innovative storage functionality. The award-winning Civic has earned the prestigious "North American Car of the Year" award and Motor Trend's "Car of the Year" accolades in 2006.

The majority of Civics are produced and assembled using domestic and globally sourced parts in the United States and Canada. Civic Coupe and Civic Si models are solely produced and assembled at the Honda of Canada Manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario. Civic Sedan models for the U.S. are primarily produced and assembled at the Honda of America Manufacturing plant in East Liberty, Ohio. Civic Sedans are also produced and assembled at Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario. Some Civic Sedans and all Civic Hybrid models are produced and assembled in the Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Suzuka, Japan, manufacturing facility.

All fuel economy figures based on 2007 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary.


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      Dan
      • 8 Years Ago
      This sedan looks awesome! We own the SI coupe in the same color (habanero red with the leather package). The SI is so utterly fun to drive and handles like a freakin go cart, its a technological marvel, there is no competition I would consider in the price range after owning the SI coupe hands down. The handling is nothing short of amazing at speed, it is one of the most confidant, sure footed cars Ive driven and that includes a Porsche twin turbo 911 and others, of course the SI isnt as fast but I like the handling characteristics better at speed, its just an awesome package for a daily driven car. The interior is high quality through and though, the looks are cool and tasteful, it does everything extremely well. The SI is a truly well engineered car. We are thinking of getting the SI sedan when it finally comes out too. For those who dont like the new SI, AWESOME! Please hate on it as much as possible so there will be that many more to go around, dont hold back seriously hate all you want hahaha! =)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Most of you don't know what you're talking about. I just bought the '07 SI Sedan and it's amazing, low end power and high end too. This car screams from the start all the way to the top. It's a dream to drive in everyday traffic as well. I had a 1990 CRX SI and that car didn't hold a candle to this new car (of course the power was different and back then there was no VTec). Any of you who think this car is less than average or a dissapointment obviously hasn't driven one. A friend of mine has a BMW 318i and the Honda will murder it. Honestly, of all the cars I've driven, only a corvette or WRX STI beat it. And the price? $21,800 includes destination, only two options available, summer performance tires and navigation, the tires add $200 and the navi a couple g's. Take my advice, BUY ONE!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Something about the Si appeals to me. Certainly not the instruments, which I hate. But as long as it was a coupe, I could never think of buying one. A 5-door would be best, but a sedan might do.

      Odds are the powertrain will disappoint me during the test drive. I've driven the Acura RSX before, and this is a similar engine in a similarly heavy car. I generally like peaky engines--I find the Mazda RX-8 plenty fun to drive--but the RSX engine didn't do it for me. Maybe the Si will feel different.

      Has anyone driven both? How do they compare?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It wasn't the IIHS test, it was NCAP, which is a different test from IIHS. Stop spreading rumors that aren't true. The coupe earned 3 starts in the NCAP government test. "One of the lowest ratings I've seen" makes it sound like the sky is falling. It's not. Stop trying to scare people. IIHS hasn't tested the coupe, but the sedan earned 5 stars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No one is mentioning here the insane mark up dealers are gonna put on this car. I went to go buy a new car last weekend. 6 months after the Si has been out I couldnt find one for less then 1000 over MSRP. And that was after dealers had installed accessories. I ended up buying a Mazdaspeed 6 for 24,300 (5K under sticker). Im going to guess that the MS3 ends up selling for MSRP 3 months after its onsale just cause Mazda will do a HORRIBLE job advertising it. Just like they did for the MS6.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car is worth every penny, you get 197hp reliabble fun to drive quality car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How many people pissing and moaning about how it's such a pain to drive around town have actually driven a Civic Si or even an RSX?

      Why do people feel inclined to state their perceptions (completely based on numbers) as hard facts?
      • 8 Years Ago
      good bye TSX
      • 8 Years Ago
      epilonious - you know that there is no such thing as RPMs. That equation does not work (too many variables).
      • 8 Years Ago
      The rear spoiler is hideous! Hope I can get the car without it. Other than that, looks great.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nov-Dec 2006 timeframe. I read that there will be limited production, so Honda stores will probably only see a handful of these for a while after they are available.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This thing really looks great! It's about time Honda makes an 'Si' sedan, which is a first. Too bad the '99 Civic Si wasn't available in a sedan. And I suppose the '06 Accord EX V6 6MT is basically what an Accord 'Si' would be. But this is honestly one badass Civic!

      My first car was an '85 CRX, back in '89. That started a love affair that lasted thru 12/05 when I totalled my '02 Accord EX V6.

      I drove the '06 Civic EX, but overall it was a bit bland to me. Color options were a bit limited for my taste as well, especially since I hate beige/tan interior. The Si should have black interior if it sticks to Honda tradition.

      Despite my previous Honda devotion, I chose a Mazda3 over the Civic. It reminds me of the cars Honda built in the '80s and '90s- fun to drive, sporty feeling, etc. I am very happy with my choice, even though the fuel economy stinks.

      The Si Sedan may lure me back to the Honda showroom. I drove an Si Coupe a few months back and, needless to say, it was a blast. There's no sweeter sound in the world than a Honda VTEC engine spinning around 8000 rpm. The only potential competition at this point is that pesky little MAZDASPEED3 that's about to roll out.

      Worthy competitors both. One will end up in my driveway soon.
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