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Farewell, VTEC: 2017 Honda Civic Si goes turbocharged for first time ever

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The 2017 Honda Civic Si, which will be available starting next month in the mid-$20,000s, will have what is a first for the trim: a turbocharged engine. The 1.5-liter engine produces 205 hp, the same as the outgoing naturally aspirated 2.4-liter four. However, torque is up 18 lb-ft to 192 over the naturally aspirated engine. With more power available lower in the rev range and a standard six-speed manual transmission, the Civic Si should be plenty fun to drive.

However, with the new mill comes a new bit of technology that could make some hardcore Si fans upset. Gone is Honda’s VTEC variable valve timing and lift. The automaker’s camshaft variable timing control (VTC) technology, which is limited to the intake camshaft and is always active, optimizing engine performance and efficiency at any given rpm, replaces the VTEC technology.

Honda says the new Si is significantly lighter than the previous generation (but didn't give specifics) and features a more rigid body; a sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs and antiroll bars help provide better car control. Standard equipment includes a two-mode adaptive damper system (sport and normal), limited-slip differential and larger 12.3-inch front brake rotors.

Farewell, VTEC: 2017 Honda Civic Si goes turbocharged for first time ever

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