The Japanese based automaker Honda has officially revealed the 2014 Civic Si lineup with some significant changes and upgraded specs at the Los Angeles Auto Show during this month until December 1, 2013. All Civic models now get improved engine performance, except the Hybrid and Natural Gas models.
The new Civic coupe and Civic Si coupe now gets more aggressive exterior appearance and sportier than the outgoing model, while the interior has been upgraded for all 2014 model year, complete with the addition of new transmission option to improve fuel efficiency and performance.
Under the hood, the 2014 Honda Civic Si (sedan & coupe) is powered by a 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine with DOHC 16-valve which can develop up to 205 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Honda says the peak power and maximum torque has been increased by 4 HP and 4 lb-ft than the previous model, thanks to a revised exhaust system.
The 2.4L i-VTEC engine mated to a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox as standard specs and this engine also featuring helical limited-slip differential to minimize front wheel slippage. Honda offers an all-new CVT gearbox (Continuously Variable Transmission) on both the Civic coupe and sedan, but it’s only available for the gasoline engine powered models.
This CVT option will replace the five-speed automatic gearbox that was offered on the 2013 model. Especially for the coupe variant, the car will get a CVT with paddle shifters. A manual gearbox will still be available on the LX and EX variants. Unfortunately, the Civic Natural Gas will not come with a CVT option.
Next, Honda offers an updated 1.8-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine in the regular Civic sedan and coupe, which will be available with CVT and has fuel economy ratings 30/39/33 mpg (city/highway/combined). The 1.8L i-VTEC engine get a slight increase in power and torque, this engine is now able to produce 143 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque (increased by 33 HP and 1 lb-ft of torque than the current models).
Meanwhile, the 2014 Civic Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-liter 2-stage i-VTEC gasoline engine with 8-valve and four-cylinder configuration. This hybrid model featuring Honda’s IMA system (Integrated Motor Assist) connected to a lithium-ion battery and CVT, which is claimed to be able to develop 110 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque.
According to the Japanese automaker, the Civic Hybrid has a combined EPA rating of 46 mpg and all models will feature the Honda ECO Assist technology, except the Civic Si. Nevertheless, the new CVT option is not offered on the hybrid model, considering the previous model has been equipped with a CVT.
The latter, Natural Gas variant featuring a 1.8-liter SOHC four-cylinder engine with 16-valves and a five-speed automatic gearbox. Maximum output reaches 110 horsepower and 106 lb-ft of torque. Honda claims, “The engine is extremely clean and achieves California’s AT-PZEV emissions standards”.
Speaking of changes and revisions, the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe and Civic Si Coupe gets a few changes to its exterior design that is claimed to be more aggressive than the previous model. Some important changes are applied by Honda, including installing a new front grille with a more aggressive design, also headlight, fender and hood.
In addition, the coupe models also get some additional changes which include a sportier bumpers (front/rear), new taillight lenses, new side mirrors and new wheel designs with larger size. Honda also improves its performance, including revised exhaust system and updated suspension settings with stiffer rear stabilizer bars and higher spring rates.
The Civic Coupe LX is equipped with some standard equipment such as 16-inch steel wheels plus new covers and an expanded view driver’s mirror. While the Civic Si Coupe comes with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, and offers several features such as Honda LaneWatch system, Smart Entry with Push Button start, 7-inch display audio and expanded view driver’s mirror. All Civic models are now adopting premium interior with refined features, including new seat fabrics, audio panel color coordination and door panel trim.
As for the official launch date, the Japanese-based automaker has announced the 2014 Honda Civic Si release date scheduled for the U.S. market. The new Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. Honda dealerships next spring. In the same announcement, Honda also revealed release date details for the regular Civic, Civic Hybrid and Civic Natural Gas. The regular Civic will go on sale on December 4, while the Hybrid and Natural Gas models will hit the U.S. market early next year.
Unfortunately, we did not find official pricing details in the Honda press release issued on November 20, 2013. However, Edmunds reports indicate that the 2014 Civic LX sedan will hit U.S. dealers with a starting price of $18,955 (including destination charge), while the LX Coupe models priced at $17,965 (including $790 destination charge).
As consideration, the 2013 Honda Civic starts at $17,965 for the sedan version and $18,165 for the coupe version. While the Civic Si Coupe priced at $22,515, followed by Si sedan at a price of $22,715. The 2013 Civic Hybrid goes on sale for $24,360, followed by Natural Gas models with a price tag of $26,305.