We’re Going To Be Nostalgic For the Last Civic Si Coupe in No Time

Future sport compact classic, perhaps?

With the introduction of the all-new, 11th-generation Civic Si sedan, I can’t help but reflect back on last year’s coupe… The last Si coupe possibly ever.

  • Car(s): 2020 Honda Civic Si HPT
  • Location: Angeles National Forest, CA
  • Photog: Peter Nelson (IG + Twitter: @16vPete)
  • Camera: Canon 6D, EF 50mm 1.8 AF

The 10th-gen Si coupe was, and still is, hugely underrated. The proportions are great, it’s below 3,000 pounds, it has great standard tech (if that’s a concern), handles so well out of the box, and is plenty quick. Side note: This car has been a competitive platform in SRO TCA-class ever since they made their debut there, too.

On paper, 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds doesn’t sound that exciting when up against the likes of a slightly more-expensive Hyundai Veloster N, but it’s ample for the real world. Its 1.5-liter turbo engine, which is a good engine despite needing a lot of fake noise to make it exciting, has plenty of torque for getting around slow-pokes and left-lane hogs. As well as slicing through twisty canyon tarmac with all the gusto. Plus I think its exterior looks so good. Granted, some angles are a little awkward, but on the whole, it looks taut, small, and just a lot of fun. Sharper and less-wild than its big sibling the Type R, too.

To me, this all means that considering what’s required and demanded of new cars in this day and age, the 10th-gen Si will be looked back on as a sort of underrated legend.

It’s a real shame that Honda isn’t sending the U.S.-market a coupe of the all-new, soon-to-debut 11th-gen. But I get it; it’s tough enough selling a light, inexpensive, stick-shift enthusiast car these days. Perhaps it’ll make people appreciate previous-gen coupes more. And while the 10th-gen has plenty of mod-ability, maybe it’ll get even more notice from the aftermarket. Anyway, here’s a bonus picture:

We’re Going To Be Nostalgic For the Last Civic Si Coupe in No Time
Image: Peter Nelson
Peter Nelson

Peter NelsonPeter Nelson has been wrenching on and playing with cars since he started driving them quickly between the cones at Chicagoland autocross events in his late teens. Nowadays, he can be found wringing out his Mazda2 at tracks all over California. His writing background includes Winding Road, Donut Media, and Autolist.com. He's also an avid cyclist and '80s/'90s action film connoisseur. Contact the author here.