This is the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Si

The emergence of the latest 2022 Civic Si is important for a few reasons. One, the Si has always represented a sweet spot in the Civic lineup. If the regular Civic is too mundane for you, and the Type R is too…outlandish, then the Si is a great pick. The last generation Si was quite good, so we expect this 11th generation Civic-based version to be even more impressive. Oh right, back to my reasons. And B, I’m speculating that we are looking at what will basically be the base Acura Integra. On to the details we have so far.

Press-release hotness inbound:

What’s New:

  • Updated 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with broader power curves and a lighter flywheel for quicker response and improved drivability
  • Improved short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with standard rev-matching system from the Civic Type R
  • Retuned suspension improves ride quality and takes Si handling to the next level
  • 60-percent stiffer steering system torsion bar improves feel and response
  • Drive Mode system features a new Individual mode for a customized driving experience
  • Sporty Si-specific design cues add attitude and improve aerodynamic performance
  • An available new and vibrant Blazing Orange Pearl exterior color is also exclusive to Civic Si
  • The driver-focused interior features Si-specific body stabilizing sport seats with dynamic red accents and red contrast stitching
2022 Honda Civic Si

Unsurprisingly, the 2022 Si uses an updated high-output VTEC 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. I know you are skimming for power numbers, so here they are:

  • 200-horsepower power peak at 6000 rpm (SAE net) and a 6500 rpm redline
  • 192 lb.-ft. of torque at 1800-5000 rpm (SAE net) which arrives 300 rpm sooner than the last version

You’ll notice that that is technically five horsepower less than the 2020 Civic Si. However, the notion that it hits earlier due to a 26% lighter flywheel, which should help with off-the-line get up and go, plus better giddy-up out of the corners. Honda added a new dual-coil silencer exhaust system with an improved Active Sound Control system. So hopefully the Si will make some good noises as well.

2022 Honda Civic Si

Out on the road, a standard helical limited-slip differential should help with the power delivery and I’m excited to check out the standard rev-matching system from the Type R. Naturally Honda tweaked the suspension and geometry with more rigidity across the chassis. Even though it weighs less than 3,000 pounds (just, at 2,952) the new Si is actually wider and longer than the previous generation version which Honda claims will make it ride a bit better as well.

Bigger brakes, plus 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels and 235/40R18 all-season performance tires join the mix and like some recent performance-focused cars, the Si will only be available with a 6-speed manual. Honda says it has improved shift feel and the box has 10% shorter throws compared to the last Si. It is likely the same manual that’ll be available on the new Integra, inshallah.

The inside looks pretty impressive as well with new Si-exclusive body stabilizing sport seats that look to be bolstered in all the right places. There is nine-inch screen with the latest wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration that you would expect.

Pricing isn’t available quite yet, but the last Si came in at just under $26,000. We are excited to have our first go in the new 2022 Civic Si, so stay tuned!

2022 Honda Civic Si

5 Comments

  1. This car is gorgeous for a Honda econobox – by far the best since the late 90s/early 2000s maybe? However, the 1.5 turbo might actually be the worst motor Honda has ever produced. It delivers shocking unreliability and utterly dismal performance in real life; plus it’s simply too weak for sporty car being sold at a VW GTI price point. The VW 2.0T swims in mid-range torque, making it a very nice car to waft around in, but it also goes like stink through the whole rev range. The Honda 1.5, on the other hand, delivers performance like the first gen Toyobaru: floor it and then wait to die as you’re run over by a large commercial vehicle that has better real world acceleration. To add insult to injury it’s not even efficient because you have to drive it floored all the time. On looks alone I’m staring at the Civic Si in want, but I’d rather walk than trade my Mk VI GTI for a car with an engine that sad and pointless.

    1. The good news here is that they at least spread the peak torque wider across the rev range, hopefully that helps.

      1. Unfortunately a wider torque spread won’t help with its inability to warm up in sub zero temps, or stop oil contamination, or fix the awful fuel consumption, or make it a remotely good power plant. Why can’t we have the Accord 2.0 motor instead?

  2. While this styling is vastly better than the current Civic’s, I can’t help but see it as sort of a smallish Accord Sport, or a watered-down 5-year-old BMW. It’s not bad, certainly– it’s actually quite handsome. I even like the weird organic grille. Very tasteful, especially when compared to the fake vents of the last Sport or the excessive boy-racer garishness of the Type R.

    That said, I’d still prefer something more like a GR86/BRZ with four doors. I just can’t pretend to get enthusiastic about FWD. I realize Honda’s not going back down that road (perhaps ever) again, so for what it is, this is a nice execution.

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