Restyled, more aggressive Civic Si features next-gen technology for an unrivaled Civic driving experience
MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - During today's Montreal International Auto Show, Honda Canada debuted the all-new 2014 Civic Si Coupe, the sportiest version of Canada's top-selling car for the past 16 years, the Honda Civic. The 2014 Civic Si Coupe features bold new styling, improved performance and class-leading technology.
Civic Si Coupe now boasts a redesigned front fascia, a distinctive grille and bumper, a new taillight design and 18-inch wheels. Aggressive styling advancements connect with a 6-speed manual, tightened suspension and tuned exhaust for greater power, sporty performance that is synonymous with Civic Si.
"The 2014 Civic Si Coupe is the most exciting Civic in our lineup and we're thrilled to unveil it to Canadians here in Montreal," said Dave Gardner, vice president of sales and marketing, Honda Canada Inc. "Civic Si Coupe is a fantastic blend of new technology, edgier style and performance enhancements, all of which make for a vehicle people can't help but love to drive."
The Civic Si Coupe has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $26,655.
Premium tech and style inside and out
Once behind the wheel, drivers will find premium interior updates and new technology and finishes that further enhance the Civic Si Coupe look and feel. The 2014 model marks the introduction of a 7-inch Display Audio infotainment touch-screen with tap, swipe and pinch capabilities. Honda has also included HondaLinkTM Next Generation connected-car technology - an application-based platform that seamlessly connects a driver's smartphone with their Civic, enabling access to information and content online and in the cloud.
Civic Si Coupe will also feature LaneWatchTM, keyless entry and push-button start, as well as sportier seat materials and colours, all of which are complemented by standard features, including a rearview camera and USB/iPod connectivity.
"There's a reason Civic has been the country's top-selling car for 16 years," added Gardner. "We never stop listening to our customers and challenge ourselves to meet and exceed their expectations. The 2014 Civic Si Coupe is a demonstration of Honda delivering on these promises."
The Civic Si is powered by an i-VTEC® 2.4-litre DOHC 16-valve engine mated to a close-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission. The Si also includes as standard equipment a helical limited-slip differential. The performance differential helps minimize front wheel slippage for enhanced steering precision when accelerating and cornering.
To increase the excitement level of the exhilarating Civic Si driving experience, refinements to the exhaust system increase engine performance to 205 peak horsepower1 and 174 lb-ft of torque2. This is an increase of 4 horsepower and 4 lb-ft of torque over the previous model.
The Civic Coupe's youthful and sporty nature is amplified with fresh and aggressive styling changes for 2014. The dynamic capabilities of the coupe are portrayed by a bold new grille, headlights and taillights, and sculptured hood, front fenders, side mirrors and rear bumper. The coupe's sporty styling cues continue with premium, athletic looking, larger and redesigned 18-inch alloy wheels.
For 2014, the Honda Civic Si Coupe receives a larger rear stabilizer bar and the front spring rates have been increased. These updates enhance steering response and roll feel. In 2013, the Civic lineup benefitted from substantial changes to enhance handling refinement and noise isolation. These included a reworked Electronic Power Steering (EPS), suspension spring changes and thicker stabilizer bars with new Teflon-lined mounting bushings. Other upgrades include larger diameter front brake rotors on some models for better stopping power, and a host of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures to reduce road, engine and wind noise.
Several refinements to the 2014 Civic interior further enhance its youthful and sporty, yet advanced and premium appearance. The Civic Si Coupe seats are changed to further enhance the sporty look with exclusive seat fabric and decoration in a dynamic black and red.
New Display Audio Interface for 2014, Civic Si Coupe includes the all-new 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen. The intuitive and easy-to-use Display Audio lets you swipe, tap and pinch - just like on a tablet computer or smartphone - to control the vehicle's audio system, display settings and other advanced features. The Si Coupe also includes Display Audio with a fully integrated and fully featured Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™.
At Honda, safety is always a top priority and the 2014 Civic Si Coupe is a prime example of that focus. Civic safety begins with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that was redesigned in 2013 to provide increased protection to vehicle occupants in a frontal collision, including front end structures to help disperse crash energy in narrow overlap frontal crashes. The 2014 Civic's safety technologies also include standard dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)3 with traction control, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), and a pedestrian injury mitigation design in the front of the vehicle. The 2013 Civic was the first small car to earn a GOOD rating in the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) stringent small overlap front crash test.
In addition to receiving numerous awards for the completely redesigned 2012 Honda Civic, the refreshed 2013 model was also awarded and recognized with accolades. It was named "Best Buy Compact Car" by Consumer Guide and "Top Family Car of 2013" by Edmunds.com and Parents Magazine. In addition, KBB awarded the Civic "Best Resale Value: Top 10" status and the Civic Si "Best Retail Value: Sporty Compact Car." Civic was also recognized with a "Polk Automotive Loyalty" award in the compact car segment, Edmunds.com named the Civic "Best Retained Value" and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy included the Civic Hybrid amongst the "Greenest Vehicles of 2013."
Consumer information is available at www.honda.ca. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/HondaCanada. Additional media information including detailed features and high-resolution photography of the 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe is available at www.hondanews.ca.
Honda Canada Inc. was founded in 1969. It has produced more than 6 million cars and trucks since 1986 at its two manufacturing facilities and builds engines at a third manufacturing plant in Alliston, Ontario, where the Honda Civic and CR-V models are manufactured. Honda Canada has invested more than $2.6 billion in Canada and each year it sources nearly $1.1 billion in goods and services from Canadian suppliers. Honda Canada has sold more than 3.8 million Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.
1205 hp @ 7000 rpm (SAE net)
2174 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm (SAE net)
3VSA is not a substitute for safe driving. It cannot correct the vehicle's course in every situation or compensate for reckless driving. Control of the vehicle always remains with the driver.
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