- Honda continues tweaking its Civic model lineup, freshening exterior styling for the 2014 Civic Coupe and Coupe Si.
- The performance-oriented Civic Si models get another 5 horsepower and a revised suspension.
- The bold-looking but sleepy-performing CR-Z hybrid gets a heavy-duty tune-up from Honda's HPD performance-tuning unit in time for the 2013 SEMA Show.
LOS ANGELES — After healthy exterior and interior tweaks to the 2013 Civic sedan, Honda's refreshing the look of the 2014 Civic Coupe and also injecting a little extra power and torque for the 2014 versions of the Civic Si models.
And just in time for this week's annual SEMA aftermarket-performance show in Las Vegas, Honda unveils the HPD CR-Z Street Performance, a performance version of the CR-Z hybrid modified by Honda Performance Development.
The 2014 Civic Coupe gets renewed styling in the form of a bolder grille and a revised fender, hood and headlight design. There also are restyled taillight lenses, more assertive front and rear bumpers, new side mirrors and new wheel designs, including a wheel upsizing for some 2014 Civic Coupe trim levels.
Meanwhile, the performance-oriented Civic Si Coupe gets essentially the same exterior makeover, but amps up the impact with "Si-exclusive design cues" that include a unique lower front bumper garnish, larger spoiler on the rear deck and Si-specific front and rear air diffusers. Both the Si Coupe and Si Sedan get larger 18-inch wheels with new wheel designs.
That's not all for the 2014 Civic Si models. Thanks to revised exhaust tuning, there's a 4-horsepower boost to 205 hp in total and torque also improves by 4 pound-feet to 174 lb-ft. To accompany the power boost, the 2014 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan have tightened suspension tuning via higher spring rates, new dampers and a stiffer rear stabilizer bar.
Honda this week also revealed the HPD CR-Z Street Performance, a highly modified version of the CR-Z hybrid meant to display the scope of performance accessories available from Honda Performance Development, the company's aftermarket-tuning division. At the heart of the HPD CR-Z's transformation is an HPD-designed supercharger for the car's 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that boosts total power to 190 hp. Other HPD accessories include a sport suspension kit, front brake kit, sport exhaust, special 18-inch alloy wheels and a variety of cosmetic tweaks.
Edmunds says: After an early stumble with the current-generation Civic line, Honda seems determined to return the Civic to the top of the compact-car heap.