Honda has just come out with the long-awaited specs for the newest 2022 Civic Si. Having skipped the 2021 model, there was a bit of anticipation to see whether or not the 2022 redesign would be worth the wait.
As we guessed, it appears that the 2022 Civic Si will only be sold as a sedan, unsurprising as the regular Civic Coupe was discontinued due to low demand. This sedan has many upgrades when it comes to design though. A sporty and aerodynamic architecture gives a bit of grit while also improving performance. The front bumper receives a new, more aggressive look while the back bumper is shaped around two ovular exhaust pipes. A glossy black trim styles the side mirrors and window surrounds and a matte black finish decorates the all-season, 18-inch, 10-spoke alloy tires. The Si’s tires are settled in a track that is 0.5-inch wider in the rear and has a wheelbase of 107.7-inches, the longest in its class, which should increase stability and smoothness in driving. A new, Si-exclusive Blazing Orange Pearl paint is available for drivers who want their car to have vibrancy.
In what may sound like an odd boast, Honda is also claiming the 2022 Si is the stiffest model yet. Stiffer spring rates in both the front and back of the car as well as an increase in bending rigidity and torsional rigidity are meant to maximize the driver’s handling of the car. This compact sport sedan also features larger brake pads than the regular Civic as well as oversized front and rear rotors. This is in addition to the updated Drive Mode system which now allows drivers to choose engine responses, instrument panel display color, and steering effort. In Sport driving mode, the driver can turn on or off rev match, deactivate idle stop, decrease steering assist, and change the accent lighting on the instrument panel from white to red.
The changes don’t stop there, however, as things on the inside have been upgraded as well. The Si features body-stabilizing sport seats that have built-in head restraints and better shoulder and lower thigh support with cushions that have been raised half an inch. Embroidered Si logos are on the seats and red contrast stitching comes as standard not only on the seats but continuing on the doors, steering wheel, and shifting gear as well. Visibility has been improved by a lower hood, flat dashboard, and pulled-back A-pillars.
On the technology front, the 2022 Si comes with a nine-inch HD color touchscreen, a 12-speaker Bose Centerpoint 2 premium sound system, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto. A seven-inch color display is on the left side with a digital tachometer and a physical speedometer dial. To help give the dash an uncluttered look, the air vents have been cleverly blended into the dash panel with a metal honeycomb design that is also complete with red trim.
Equipped only with a six-speed manual transmission, the 2022 Civic Si is powered by a VTEC 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that gives a torque of 192 lb-ft at 1,800-5,000 rpm and 200 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Unfortunately, this is lower than the previous model year’s horsepower with the same amount of torque, so that is a bit of a let-down considering we also don’t get an automatic transmission.
The manual transmission has an improved short-throw feel, however, and comes standard with rev-matching, a feature taken from the Civic Type-R, that will alert the driver when it detects a downshift so that it can match the revs. To help quiet the sound of the engine, a new dual-coil silencer exhaust system and Active Sound Control has been put into place which can produce a higher quality sound over the engine’s rpm.
The newest Civic Si has many of the same safety features and systems as the rest of the Civic lineup, including Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, an updated Honda Sensing suite, side airbags in the rear seats, as well as all-new front and passenger airbags that are specifically designed to reduce the risk of brain trauma and neck injuries. A new A-pillar, side frame, and lower firewall structure were all engineered to divert energy from a crash around the cabin to protect passengers. Along those lines, side-impact has also been improved and a front bumper beam safety plate and embossed inner structured hood are also in place to decrease leg and head injury to pedestrians.