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Honed, not hard-core: Honda refines the 2017 Civic Si

The 2017 Honda Civic Si sharpens up with an extra helping of power and performance, but its adaptive suspension lends it a more refined ride on city streets.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Honda sharpens its new-generation Civic with the debut of the new 2017 Civic Si model.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Not just a boy racer, this generation of the Si refines its ride for the streets with a two-mode adaptive suspension.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

The new setup features stiffer springs and bushings than stock with a few rear suspension bits borrowed from the track-focused Type R.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

However, the two-mode adaptive suspension allows the ride to be toggled between stiff and smooth settings at the touch of a button.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Outside, the Si gets a round of styling and aerodynamic upgrades aimed at reducing lift at speed and improving stability.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

Of course, the hotted-up Si gets a healthy dose of additional power.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

The 1.5-liter engine is now fed by a larger turbocharger, which bumps the output to a stated 205 ponies and 192 pound-feet of torque.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

The new central exhaust sounds subdued under most daily-driven situations and looks pretty cool.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

The power improvements and the more refined suspension lend the new Si a more premium feeling that's more "road-focused" than "track tool."

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

The otherwise excellent transmission, for example, has too vague a clutch for the quick, accurate shifts necessary for track time.

2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe

The 2017 Honda Civic Si hits the road in nearly identical coupe and sedan variants this month.

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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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