A nameplate that helped bridge the original gap between the tuning world and the mainstream auto industry returned to the scene of the crime at this year’s SEMA Show, where the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe, as well as the high-performance 2014 Civic Si models, had their recent debuts. Now, it’s not exactly a common occurrence for a semi-high-profile production vehicle like the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe to be introduced at an aftermarket tradeshow, even if it’s SEMA, but the automaker is clearly looking to inject a new sense of dynamism to its lineup.
Unfortunately, Honda didn’t inject any additional power into the 2014 Honda Civic Coupe—although the Si gets a bit of a bump, as noted below—but the standard car does get a fairly significant exterior makeover. The changes are particularly noticeable up front, and, to be more specific, just below the front bumper. Those prominent fog-lamp housings provide a very distinctive new appearance that, from some angles, calls to mind the funky front grilles of the 1979-81 Pontiac Firebird.
Other exterior tweaks to the 2014 Honda Civic include a few illumination upgrades, in the form of a freshened headlight design and new taillight lenses, along with a coupe-exclusive grille, bumpers, and side mirrors; revised wheel design will be available, too.
As for the new 2014 Honda Civic Si models, they do, as mentioned, get some additional pop under the hood. While the 2013 cars enjoyed 201 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of torque from a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, the refreshed versions boast retuned exhaust systems that move the needle to 205 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. To put those outputs into context, the standard 4-cylinder 2014 Honda Civic models have 2.0-liter powerplants that make 140 hp and 128 lb.-ft. of torque.
It’s also important to note that Honda will be providing new opportunities to reach the untapped performance potential of much of its lineup, thanks to a new program to offer retail customers access to the Honda Performance Development (HPD) parts catalog—originally created solely to support the automaker’s U.S. racing programs.
And uncoincidentally, the first street cars to get the HPD treatment happened to debut at the 2013 SEMA Show.