On the outside, it just looks like a gray 2014 Honda Civic Si with a crooked front license plate and some stickers on the trunk lid. But under the hood sits a heavily-built 500-horsepower beast that makes Matt Farah, the host of The Smoking Tire, laugh uncontrollably. Watch the video of this “super sleeper,” and…
I drive a lot of cars for work. So much so, that my personal car, a 2004 Honda Civic SiR—or just the Civic Si, if you’re American—is rotting away in press office parking lots covered in bird turds, fuel tank dried up, brakes all seized up. The poor thing just never gets driven. I’m an asshole for neglecting my Civic.
Back in 2008, Honda wanted to be cute and destroy a stretch of California road with grooves spaced out to play “The William Tell Overture” in tire noise as you drove across it. Well they got the grooves wrong and it sounded terrible. Not just the first time—the road workers got it wrong again when they had to relocate…
Every neighborhood has a story of some abandoned lot somewhere full of late 60’s to early 70’s American muscle cars, just waiting to be discovered, or they’ve heard of a warehouse stocked with Italian sports cars ready to be restored. That’s not really the case with my neighborhood’s abandoned lot. Its inventory is…
Look at this sad, lonely 2017 Honda Civic Type R, in what looks to be a nice neighborhood in suburban South Carolina. But not everything here is nice. No, in fact, this neighborhood houses the tale of the poor hot hatch that came home with a new companion, only to be listed for sale a few hundred miles later.
In California, the highways have special lanes for High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV). The definition of ‘high occupancy’ to ride in those lanes is two, the smallest possible plural number. A Miata could be an HOV. The Californian idea of what is an HOV is soundly mocked by the existence of this car, a Honda Civic that,…
Earlier this week, we heard about an unfortunate accident where somebody crashed into a guy’s brand new 2017 Honda Civic Type R while he was on his way home from the dealership. Fortunately, the replacement parts appear to be available already so the car should be repairable. This gave us an idea—what would it cost to…
One-hundred and fifty-one miles. That was all Greg Ellingson got with his brand new 2017 Honda Civic Type R. He flew from Philadelphia to Boston to pick up the car, and not much later on Sunday, he was sulking through a five-hour ride home in a tow truck.
We all know some Honda dealers are taking full advantage of the Civic Type R mania and charging insane markups for the hot hatch. Now it seems some stores are under the impression that Honda fans are willing to pay over sticker for the 205 hp Civic Si.
A Texas woman says she got an unwanted surprise after putting a deposit down for a new Honda Civic Type R, as the dealership allegedly regrets that they charged her no markup on the hot new car. Now she says the dealership wants to use it as a show car for three months before she can take delivery. [Update: The…
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is full of funky styling and harsh angles, to the real annoyance of lots of folks out there. But the strange three-exhaust-pipe layout on the back of the car actually serves a purpose, and it could be more useful than you thought for touring your Type R around on longer trips.
There have been a ton of numbers flying around the 2017 Honda Civic Type R lately—its specs and power ratings compared to other sport compacts in the market, its crazy-high dealership prices doubling MSRP and the like. But if you want some real numbers, here’s the power the Type R makes on the dyno.
It’s here. It’s finally here. The first Honda Civic Type R to legally hit our shores is here. And it’s up for auction.
The Honda Civic Si got a turbocharged engine for the 2017 model year, which a lot of us expected to have a horsepower number slightly closer to that of the ridiculous Type R. But it disappointingly had the same HP as the car it replaced, and Honda engineers said there’s a reason why the number is what it is.
It may be hard to actually get your hands on the fury of a Honda Civic Type R in America, but if you do, it could come at a decent price: Our friends at the CivicX forums passed along a photo of what looks to be a Type R window sticker, which says the car will be conveniently priced at $33,900 in the U.S.
The 2017 Honda Civic Si is no revelation of automotive excellence. But it’s easy to live with, encourages hard driving and has a little attitude without making you look like an asshole. Messing around with this car is enough to lure anyone into driving for the fun of it, and that’s exactly the point.
The number of new cars you can buy with a manual in the United States dwindles by the year, but, thankfully, Honda has kept a manual-only option in the new 2017 Honda Civic Si models. And they are very reasonably priced, too. Fun doesn’t always have to be expensive, friends.
If you just hotted up your Civic with a giant turbo and intercooler, you’re going to be tempted to take the little VTEC monster to the dyno to see what you’ve gained. Before you do that, though, for god’s sake: don’t forget to tighten your damn lug nuts.
If you were disappointed that the all-new Civic Si makes the same power as the previous generation car, your best bet might be to get the cheaper Civic Turbo and slap on a Hondata tune. Here comes the 214 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque you deserve.