TO THE POINTWhat’s New? With 197 horsepower flowing through a six-speed manual gearbox to a helical limited-slip differential and 17-inch Michelin Pilot Exalto PE2 summer tires, does it matter what else might be new on the 2006 Honda Civic Si? Selling Points: Sleek styling, sophisticated engineering, comfortable front seats, lots of standard safety equipment, reputation for reliability, amazing performance Deal Breakers: Cramped back seat, funky dash design Our Advice: Honda unleashes a redesigned 2006 Civic Si, equipped with enough performance hardware that it sets the new standard by which sport compact cars must be measured.
Design You can tell this is a 2006 Honda Civic Si by its special wheels, rear wing, and subtle trim differences.
To distinguish the 2006 Honda Civic Si from other Civic coupes, it gets a functional rear wing spoiler that cuts drag and reduces lift, a chrome-dipped oval exhaust tip, a red-lettered “Si” badge on the decklid, and a decal just forward of the rear wheel wells that reads “i-VTEC DOHC.”
Up front, the 2006 Honda Civic Si receives subtle changes to announce its performance-tuned intent. The headlights get amber-colored trim, the lower air dam is reshaped to direct cool air to the brakes, and the wheels are an appealing twin-spoke design. Color choices include white, black, silver, and gray, plus two exclusive colors: Habanero Red Pearl and Fiji Blue Pearl. The only interior color is black.