When customers are perusing our showroom, looking for a new Honda, it isn’t uncommon for them to gravitate toward the Civics bearing the Si badging. Standing for Sport Injected, the Civic Si has long been an incredibly popular choice thanks to its sharp performance and sleek looks. While we won’t say it takes a special kind of driver to get the most out of the Si, there’s a caveat that ensures only automotive enthusiasts end up behind the wheel: it’s only offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. That’s right—if you were to walk into Alberta Honda today and ask if the Honda Civic Si was available as an automatic, you’d be told no. Read on to learn why the Honda Civic Si is only offered with a manual transmission.
Why the Honda Civic Si only offered with a manual transmission
If you’re a football fan, you know there are plenty of ways a running back can attack a defence. While some legendary runners made their way downfield in powerful, straight-ahead bursts like Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, others, like Barry Sanders, utilized quickness and agility on the field. If you’re a fan of cars, you’ll know there are plenty of ways to get from point A to point B. Though the Honda Civic Si first appeared in 1984—5 years before Barry Sanders entered the NFL—its performance capability shares a number of the same characteristics as the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Offering sports car performance in a diminutive (and less expensive) package, the Civic Si isn’t about straight-ahead muscle but, rather, industry-leading responsiveness. Whether you choose the 2-door Civic Coupe Si, or the 4-door Civic Sedan Si model, you’re starting with an incredibly light vehicle, as all excess weight has been shaved away over the years of Honda perfecting this sport compact’s frame. Both Si models arrive on the lot with a turbocharged 1.5-litre, 16-valve Direct Injection DOHC 4-cylinder engine, propelling the Si forward with 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. Now, while some vehicles on the market might boast greater horsepower, or more torque, nothing offers the same responsiveness as the Civic Si. That means the ability to dart in and out of traffic or gracefully hug the curves of winding roads with unparalleled precision. Of course, that level of control simply can’t be afforded to the driver through an automatic transmission. A manual transmission, or stick-shift, puts the driver in the middle of the action, giving them the option of efficient cruising or rapid-fire shifting.
What benefits does a manual transmission provide?
It’s important to remember that a manual transmission isn’t just for fans of the Fast & Furious franchise; the precise control over a vehicle afforded by a manual transmission also lets drivers better tackle the snowy roads found during Alberta winters, by down-shifting rather than braking, lowering both wear on the brakes as well as the chance your brakes may “lock,” leaving you sliding into a collision.
Not only does its manual transmission allow a driver to get the most out of the Honda Civic Si, it also lends itself to the Si’s sporty look. An aluminum shift knob rises triumphantly from the leather shift boot, its red stitching matching the Si’s sport seats and interior details. These small touches, alongside the Civic Si’s black front grille, rear spoiler, and 18” aluminum-alloy wheels, set the Si apart from the competition, and are a major part of why it garners so much attention in our showroom.
If you’re seeking an always-thrilling driving experience, look no further than the 2020 Honda Civic Si. Available as either a coupe or sedan, you can find this incredible sport compact in stock at our Edmonton dealership. If you’re looking for more information on any of our other Honda models, how they compare to similar models from other manufacturers, or the kinds of technology found inside them, you’ll find our Alberta Honda website to be an incredible resource. Of course, if you haven’t found the answer to your question anywhere on our site or blog, you can always give us a call.