While the recent hatches from Honda that most individuals are acquainted bear the Type R moniker, there was a time when the flagship efficiency Civic was dubbed the ‘Si’.
As Doug DeMuro says in his most up-to-date evaluate, Honda’s first sizzling hatchback got here within the type of the third-generation Civic Si within the mid-1980s. A number of years after its arrival, Honda launched the fourth-generation Civic and with it got here a brand new Si – and it’s this mannequin that’s the topic of the next evaluate.
The Civic Si examined out by DeMuro is a 1991 mannequin and is powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 108 hp. Granted, that’s nothing to put in writing dwelling about, however contemplating the automobile weighs roughly 2,300 lbs (1,043 kg), it’s really fairly brisk and may hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 8.1 seconds whereas sprinting down the quarter-mile in 16.2 seconds at 82 mph (132 km/h).
Inside, the little Honda is extremely easy. There aren’t any superfluous equipment or overly complicated design strains – solely what you want, together with a basic radio and cassette participant.
So, what’s it prefer to drive then? As DeMuro factors out, the Civic Si lacks energy steering however that’s not likely a difficulty as a result of it weighs so little. It additionally doesn’t really feel notably quick – however then once more, it solely has 108 hp, in order that’s hardly a shock. However, the four-cylinder does have fairly a pleasant tone to it and the maneuverability makes it very enjoyable to drive.