New Civic Coupe Unveiled At SEMA

A significantly updated 2014 Honda Civic Coupe made its world debut at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show.

In doing so, Honda offered a first look at new exterior styling updates to its compact car, which will be unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show later this month.

Honda also announced that the performance-oriented Civic Si will benefit from increased power and larger wheels and tires, this both for the two- and four-door varieties.

“With the further advancement of the 2014 Civic Coupe and Si models and an exciting path forward for performance parts drawing on our racing experience we are making a statement about our commitment to the fun to drive character of the Honda brand,” said John Mendel, executive vice president auto sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Following what Honda calls a major refresh of Civic Sedan styling for 2013, the company turned its attention to the Civic Coupe and Coupe Si, implementing exterior design changes that include a more aggressive grille, hood, front fenders and headlight design. Additional Coupe exterior changes include new taillight lenses, sportier front and rear bumpers, new side mirrors and new wheel designs.

The Civic Si Coupe benefits from the same styling enhancements as the standard Civic Coupe but adds Si-exclusive design cues, including a unique lower front bumper garnish, larger rear decklid spoiler, a distinctive front spoiler and sporty rear air diffuser.

Honda said the Civic Si Sedan picks up on these same cues, and both the Si Coupe and Si Sedan get larger, 18-inch (+1 inch) wheels and tires with new wheel designs.

Honda also announced the performance-tuned Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan get a retuned exhaust system that helps boost peak output to 205 horsepower (+4 horsepower) and 174 pound-foot of torqu3 (+4 ).

Honda said more details about the full 2014 Civic lineup will be made available at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. This info should include fuel consumption ratings and technical details.

On display at Honda’s SEMA stand are a 2014 Civic Si Coupe, a 2014 Civic Coupe EX-L equipped with a Honda Genuine Accessories aero kit and 18-inch wheels as well as Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) modified vehicles: the HPD Civic Si Coupe Race Car and the HPD Civic Street Performance Concept, an aggressive street performance concept featuring many HPD racing parts that currently only are available for sanctioned race cars.