Sniff. I miss the Honda S2000, my melancholy deepened by the fact that this 2015 Civic Si Coupe is about as close as it gets to a modern Honda sports car. Don’t get me wrong. The latest in the lengthy lineage of Si-badged Civics is as fun to drive as ever, but it’s no S2000. Especially in the styling department.
Last year, Honda reworked the Civic Si Coupe’s design details, redesigning the car forward of the windshield, adding a set of appealing 18-inch aluminum wheels, tweaking the rear styling, and adding a wing spoiler that now makes it a little bit harder to spot the highway patrol in your rearview mirror. The end result is a definitively sportier looking Civic, but is it likely to become an iconic design like the S2000? Nope.
The interior isn’t as elemental as the S2000, either, dressed up with aluminum-esque, carbon fiber-ish, and sparkly black metallic bits and pieces of trim combined with black cloth seats with bright red inserts. The end result is more appealing than my description might sound, especially because the materials are of impressive quality, but the latest Civic Si’s in-car technology certainly causes a level of distraction never present in the S2000.
If it sounds like I’m unimpressed with the Civic Si, that’s not the case. For what this car is designed to do, it meets expectations for a modern pocket rocket. Key competitors, however, offer greater practicality and thrills, so while Honda just wrapped up an intensive reworking of the Civic Si last year, there remains work to be done.