The all-new 8th generation Civic in Si trim is a pocket-sized performance coupe that packs plenty of excitement.
The 2006 Civic Si we drove was equipped with a rear spoiler and a close look will reveal Si and V-tech badges up front and out back. Expect to see the new Si as a popular choice for the sport compact custom crowd.
There's more power in the '06 Civic Si, thanks to a 2-liter V-tech double overhead cam in-line four cylinder engine with variable-valve timing that rips out 197 horsepower and 138 foot-pounds of torque. This is the same engine found in the Acura RSX Type-S and it's matched to an exclusive six-speed manual transmission with a limited-slip front differential, easily making this the fastest production Civic Si ever.
The extra power doesn't come at the expense of exceptional fuel economy with EPA estimates for the '06 Si coming in at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 32 miles per gallon on the highway.
All Civic Si's come with sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, and special interior trim adorned with special Si logos. In the back, the seat offers a 60/40 split and there's a leather-trimmed steering wheel that includes fingertip controls for the audio system. There's a leather-covered knob on the six-speed shift lever and racing style pedals are also a part of the package. A two-position moon-roof is standard in the new Si and there's a powerful multi-speaker stereo system with a portable music player jack. Satellite radio and an in-dash navigation system are optional.
Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are standard, and there are front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and active front seat head restraints.
The manufacturer's suggested base price for the 2006 Honda Civic Si coupe is $19,990 and that's as fully equipped a Civic as most people will want. Add the navigation system and satellite radio and you're still just barely over the $20,000 mark.
And that makes the 2006 Honda Civic Si coupe a real attractive choice for anyone searching for a reliable, economical, solidly built compact coupe that can go, corner, and stop with the moves of an athlete. This may be the very best Civic of all time.