Los Angeles 2016: Honda Civic Si Prototype world premiere (video)

The new Honda Civic has proven to be a real winner already, with annual sales close to an all-time high, and this Civic Si Prototype unveiled today at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show looks to build on that success. It previews the design and performance direction for the 2017 Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan that will go on sale next year.

Slotted just below the almighty, top-range Civic Type R Prototype, the new Honda Civic Si Prototype will be fastest and most powerful Si yet, although no horsepower and torque figures have been provided yet. Its high-performance, direct-injected, and turbocharged 1.5L inline 4-cylinder engine is mated to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission.

Additional performance upgrades for the Si variants will include a new active damper system, active steering system, limited-slip differential and available high-performance tires.

Outside, the bright Rallye Red Pearl Civic Si Prototype features a full Factory Performance (HFP) aero kit, including front and rear splitters and rear spoiler, along with a centre-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher and 235/35Y tires mounted on 19” HFP forged aluminum wheels.

The interior boasts Si-exclusive front sport seats, red stitching and illumination, aluminum sport pedals, and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim.