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2017 Honda Civic Si boosts its chances in the sport compact segment

Honda has turbocharged its VW GTI fighter, but is it all the better for it?

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Honda's 10th-generation Civic is already so aggressive that it didn't take much to create the visuals for a new Si.

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It's nice to see an affordable sporty coupe still on the market -- everything else in this segment now seems to have four doors or a hatchback.

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That big wing comes standard on two-door coupes. The four-door Si sedan gets a slightly less audacious spoiler.

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The Si gets a redesigned front fascia. Sadly, you can't get high-performance headlamps on the Si.

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The rear fascia is set off by a unique-to-Si exhaust treatment.

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Honda always seems to get this bit right -- grippy wheel, well-placed alloy wheels, and a gearshift within easy reach.

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No unique engine for the Civic Si this time out -- a version of the 1.5-liter turbo four found in other Civics features up to 20.3 PSI of boost to deliver 205 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 192 pound-feet of torque from 2,100-5,000 rpm.

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As ever, the Si is offered only in front-wheel drive. A six-speed manual is the sole transmission.

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Boomerang-shaped taillamps mark out the rear corners of the Si.

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The Coupe's trunk space is listed at 11.9 cubic feet. Need more space? The sedan offers 14.7 cubic feet.

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Unique 18-inch alloys are standard. All-season tires are standard, with high-performance summer rubber a modest $200 option.

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Sadly, there are no optional high-intensity headlamps available. LEDs would have been nice.

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The Civic Si borrows its somewhat snarlier front fascia from the Civic Sport hatchback. 

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The Si is easiest to spot from the rear by its large rear wing and the unique center exhaust finisher seen here.

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Summer tires (not shown) are a $200 option.

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The Civic Si coupe is treated to a large rear wing, while the sedan makes do with a subtler piece.

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