Having already gone through two different generations, the Honda Civic expanded its repertoire in the mid 1980s with the first generation 1985 Honda Civic CRX Si and 1986 Honda Civic Si hatchback, powered by a direct injection 1.5L SOHC four-cylinder engine that was good for 91 hp.
The Civic CRX Si returned for the 1988 model year with a number of upgrades to the Honda Civic Si specs, including a more extensive exhaust system, a five-speed manual transmission, sport front seats, and improved handling via a four-corner A-arm suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars. A 1.6L SOHC inline-four engine delivered up to 105 hp for the first model year, and it was capable of producing 108 hp by the time the Civic Si hatchback hit the market for 1989.
The third Civic Si generation came exclusively in the hatchback configuration and increased power as well as sophistication. In addition to a moonroof, this model also came with additional creature comforts like cruise control and rear speakers. The Honda Civic Si 1.6L four-cylinder engine got a bump in output to 125 hp. Meanwhile, rear disc brakes gave way to an antilock brake system (ABS) for the 1994 model year.
1999 marked a giant leap forward for the Civic Si generations in terms of performance, beginning with its sport-tuned, fully independent suspension and four wheel disc brakes. This was also the first American version of the Si to get a DOHC engine under the hood. This 1.6L inline-four powerplant was good for 160 hp. Si badging was also added to the mix, advertising the unique performance status of this model. The fourth generation was offered solely as a coupe.
Developed on a completely different platform than the regular Civic of its generation, the fifth generation of the Civic Si ran from 2002 to 2005 and was offered only as a hatchback. It featured MacPherson front struts and a 2.0L DOHC four-cylinder engine that generated 160 hp.
Available in the U.S. market starting in the 2007 model year, the sixth Honda Civic Si generation was offered as both a coupe and sedan. The Civic Si engine this generation was a 2.0L inline-four engine that delivered a robust 197 hp, this Civic Si came with quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential for sophisticated handling when pushed to the limit.
Offered yet again as a sedan and coupe, the seventh generation Honda Civic Si debuted for the 2012 model year. It was powered by an even more commanding engine, a 2.4L DOHV i-VTEC inline-four that made 201 hp. By the 2013 model year, the Si Coupe was able to move from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds, a strong number by any standard.
For the 2017 model year, the Civic Si engine was changed to a turbocharged 1.5L inline-four with an Adaptive Damper System, and was capable of delivering 205 hp with 192 lb-ft of torque. This Civic Si generation also featured a short-throw shifter, automatic climate control, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
The 2019 Civic Si added a Sport button on the center console, enabling enhanced accelerator mapping and improved response from the electronically adaptive dampers. For 2020, the Honda Civic Si engine is still an in-line 4-cylinder with turbocharger, capable of 205 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque. Along with the dynamic sport styling and impressive Honda Civic Si horsepower, both the 2020 sedan and coupe versions come with a 450-watt /10-speaker premium audio system, HondaLink®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, a moonroof, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver assist systems.
Now that you’ve learned all about the Honda Civic Si generations, it’s time for you to explore the Civic Si inventory at Honda of Toms River and get behind the wheel of this thrilling compact sports car today. We’re happy to help you compare the Civic Si vs. Civic Sport, so you determine which best suits your needs. If the Honda Civic Si horsepower isn’t enough for you, take a look at the Honda Civic Type R, which can generate a blistering 306 hp. Whichever Civic model you choose, make sure to check out our Civic lease specials to take advantage of our current offers for Manahawkin and Berkeley drivers. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a test drive, please don’t hesitate to contact us.