Honda has made several desirable cars in the market with respect to fuel efficiency, interior comfort, ergonomics, and exterior styling as well. However, the Civic models have had some fast variants over the years, especially with the Si and Type R badges. But are the CIvic Si and Type R the fastest Honda Civic models made, lets find out.

The Honda Civic was introduced in the early 1970s and was known for its fuel efficiency, practicality, ease of maintenance, and comfort and has been the best-selling passenger car over the years as well. However, over the years, Honda has released performance-oriented models for the Civic under the Si and Type R badges and they have been fast. Let’s have a look at the fastest Honda Civics ever made for the U.S market for each generation.


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1st Gen - 1979 Honda Civic CVCC Hatchback 

The 1978 Honda Civic CVCC (Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion) came with a 1.5-liter inline-four engine producing 60 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque which translated into a 0-60 of 12.5-seconds and a top speed of 95 mph. The engine was mated to a 4-speed manual transmission and as always FWD is the only drivetrain available. 

Honda Civic CVCC

Specs

Engine 

1.5-liter Inline-4 

Horsepower

60 hp

Torque

77 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

12.5 seconds

Top speed 

95 mph

Being the first generation of the Honda Civic, it was only sold in hatchback form in the US with a marketing tagline - Honda, we make it simple. This was because in 1973, in the first year of its release, the oil crisis struck and people turned to vehicles that offered better fuel economy. The CVCC was originally an optional engine that made 53 hp and then made 60 hp in 1978 which also brought minor visual changes. There was an RS version of CVCC, but that was only for Japan.

2nd Gen - 1982 Honda Civic 1500 3-Door GL 

The 1983 Honda Civic 1500 3-Door GL was equipped with a 1.5-liter inline-four engine, like the CVCC, but made 79 horsepower and 89 pound-feet of torque. This reduced the 0-60 time to 10.8-seconds and reached a top speed of 100 mph. Like the Civic CVCC, the CIvic was offered with a 4-speed manual transmission and FWD as standard. 

Honda Civic 1500 3-Door GL

Specs

Engine 

1.5-liter Inline-4 

Horsepower

79 hp

Torque

89 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

10.8 seconds

Top speed 

100 mph

The standard second-generation Civic 1500 came in base and DX trims. The DX trim came with partial cloth seats, carpet, rear window defroster, intermittent wipers, and a cigarette lighter, the 1500 GL added a rear window wiper & washer, tachometer, clock, side body moldings, and radial tires. However, the 1500 engine needed a 2-way catalytic converter to meet U.S. emission standards and required unleaded gasoline to function. 

3rd Gen - 1987 Honda Civic Si 

The 1987 Honda Civic Si followed the CRX Si and came with the same engine and specs as the CRX Si. This was a 1.5-liter Inline-4 engine producing 91 horsepower and 93 pound-feet of torque, which did the 0-60 sprint in 10.5 seconds and reached a top speed of 111 mph, and a 5-speed manual transmission. 

1987 Honda Civic Si

Specs

Engine 

1.5-liter Inline-4 

Horsepower

91 hp

Torque

93 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

10.5 seconds

Top speed 

111 mph

The third generation of the Civic for the first time saw the Si model, along with this also the 5-speed manual transmission. However, the Civic Si, in Europe saw a much more powerful version which made 133 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque from the same 1.5-liter engine. There was also a Civic Wagonvan (wagon), which came with a part-time 4WD, and is the only Civic model to ever feature a 4WD or AWD drivetrain.


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4th Gen - 1991 Honda Civic Si 

The 1991 Honda Civic Si was equipped with a larger 1.6-liter inline-four engine which produced 108 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque and was the fastest of its generation setting a factory 0-60 time of 8.1-seconds and a quarter-mile time of 16.2-seconds, and achieved a top speed of 121 mph. 

1991 Honda Civic Si

Specs

Engine 

1.6-liter Inline-4 

Horsepower

108 hp

Torque

100 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

8.1 seconds

Quarter-mile

16.2 seconds

Top speed 

121 mph

The fourth-generation was the first time Honda offered more than 2 trims on the Civic i.e. DX, LX, EX & Si. The Si model came with premium features like a power sunroof, dual manual side mirrors, larger exhaust, dash clock, upgraded interior, color-matched bumpers, front and rear anti-roll bars were standard. However, power steering or automatic transmission was not on offer, the 5-speed manual was standard, air conditioning and fog lights were dealer-installed accessories.

5th Gen - 1992 Honda Civic Si 

From 1992 to 1998 there was the CRX Del Sol, which in the U.S it was called the Honda Civic Del Sol. However, it wasn't a Civic, even though it was based on the same platform. That said, the 1992 Civic Si hatchback again was the fastest Civic for its generation, which did the 0-60 sprint in 7.5-seconds and a quarter-mile time of 16.3-seconds and reached a top speed of 119 mph. 

1992 Honda Civic Si

Specs

Engine 

1.6-liter Inline-4 

Horsepower

125 hp

Torque

106 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

7.5 seconds

Quarter-mile

16.3 seconds

Top speed 

119 mph

Powering the 1992 Civic Si was a 1.6-liter inline-4 VTEC engine which made 125 hp and 106 lb-ft of torque. This was the first time that the VTEC engine was introduced into the U.S. market by Honda, earlier only the Japanese and European markets had the VTEC engine. Also, this Civic Si had a 9000 rpm tachometer and 7,200 rpm redline. Along with this, it came with body-colored door handles, a power moonroof, power side mirrors, and disc brakes on all wheels. 

6th Gen - 1999 Honda Civic Si

In 1999, the Civic Si returned to the Civic lineup and was available as a coupe model only. It also got an improvement in performance being able to do 0-60 in 7.1-seconds and reaching a top speed of 127 mph, and was the fastest civic of the sixth generation. This performance came from a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine borrowed from the Honda Del Sol and made 160 hp and 111 lb-ft of torque. 

1999 Honda Civic Si

Specs

Engine 

1.6-liter Inline-4 

Horsepower

160 hp

Torque

111 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

7.1 seconds

Top speed 

127 mph

Compared to the Del Sol, the engine did receive a larger throttle body, fully counterweighted crankshaft, better pistons, strengthened connecting rods, and a larger exhaust system. Unlike the 5th generation Civic which had the Si model from the start, the 6th Generation got the Si model for only two years 1999 & 2000, and in other parts of the world was called the Type R. 


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7th Gen - 2005 Honda Civic Si  

The 2005 Honda Civic Si was introduced back in its hatchback form but used the same 2.0-liter inline-four DOHC engine producing 160 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque from the previous generation. In performance, it was slightly slower than the previous generation as it did 0-60 in 7.6-seconds, quarter-mile in 15.9-seconds, and a top speed of 132 mph.

2005 Honda Civic Si

Specs

Engine 

2.0-liter Inline-4 

Horsepower

160 hp

Torque

132 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

7.6 seconds

Quarter-Mile

15.9 seconds

Top speed 

132 mph

The difference in performance is chalked off to a heavier body, but as it featured a MacPhearson strut double-wishbone front suspension, its handling was improved. Along with this, it also had a higher top speed than the 6th generation. The 2005 model did receive minor changes in appearance which included revised headlight and taillight designs, new standard side skirts, larger 16-inch wheels, silver interior accents, and the option of Honda Factory Performance upgrade.

8th Gen - 2008 Honda Civic Mugen Si Coupe

In 2007, Honda Civic Introduced the Civic Si Coupe along with the Civic Si Sedan. However, in 2008, Honda Civic Mugen Si was released following its SEMA announcement from the previous year. It featured the same 2.0-liter i-VTEC inline-4 engine producing 197 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque as the standard Si sedan and did 0-60 in 6.7-seconds and a top speed of 137 mph, same as the Si sedan.

2008 Honda Civic Mugen SI

Specs

Price

$29,500

Engine 

2.0-liter i-VTEC inline-4

Horsepower

197 hp

Torque

139 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

6.7 seconds

Top speed 

137 mph

The Civic Mugen Si was a limited production model of 1000 units and offered track-tuned Mugen suspension, 18-inch forged alloy lightweight wheels, a full aero kit with an adjustable rear spoiler, a rear diffuser, a sport-tuned cat-back exhaust system, and only came in Fuji Blue Pearl. Even though the straight-line performance was the same, the Mugen Si did go around the racetrack a few seconds faster. 

9th Gen - 2015 Honda Civic Si Coupe 

The 2014 Honda Civic Si coupe was the fastest Honda Civic of the 9th generation which did the 0-60 in 6.5-seconds and the quarter-mile in 15-seconds going to its top speed of 135 mph. This generation of the Si also featured the largest engine to go in a Civic Si a 2.4-liter i-VTEC inline-4 which made 205 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque.

2014 Honda Civic Si

Specs

Price

$22,790

Engine 

2.4-liter i-VTEC inline-4 

Horsepower

205 hp

Torque

174 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

6.5 seconds

Quarter-mile

15 seconds

Top speed 

135 mph

The 2014 Civic Si coupe was a for the model year received a power upgrade of 4 hp and 4 lb-ft to give the 205 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque when Honda returned the exhaust system. Honda also offered the new optional 7-inch infotainment system, Honda LaneWatch Blind spot monitoring system along with smart entry and push-button start as part of the standard equipment for the Si model.


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10th Gen - 2019 Honda Civic Type R 

The Honda Civic Type R was the fastest Honda Civic made to date as it does the 0-60 5.2-seconds and quarter-mile in 13.2-seconds and can achieve a top speed of 169 mph. To achieve such numbers, the Honda Civic gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 which makes 306 hp and 295 hp of torque. 

2021 Honda Civic Type R

Specs

Price

$35,700

Engine 

2.0-liter turbocharged Inline-4 

Horsepower

306 hp

Torque

295 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

5.2 seconds

Quarter-mile

13.2 seconds

Top speed 

169 mph

The Civic Type R is based on the Civic Hatchback which includes an aero kit, air intake on the hood, and 20-inch black wheels with red accents. The 2020 model year saw the addition of Boost Blue color, Alcantara wrapped steering wheel, and new shift knob. The 2021 Civic Type R saw the Type R Limited Edition which was 28 lbs lighter, lightweight wheels, recalibrated steering, and tuned dampers. 

11th Gen - 2022 Honda Civic Si 

The 11th Generation of the Honda Civic is on sale and the fastest Civic yet is the Civic Si, and for this generation, the Civic Si will only be available in the sedan form. The 2022 Civic Si's official numbers have not yet been released by Honda, but according to third-party testing, it does 0-60 in a range of 6.5-seconds to 7.1-seconds and will achieve a top speed of 148 mph. 

2022 Honda Civic Si

Specs

Engine 

1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4

Horsepower

200 hp

Torque

192 lb-ft
Drivetrain

FWD

0-60

6.5-7.1 seconds (based on third party testing)

Top speed 

148 mph

The Civic Si comes with the rev-matching technology from the 2019 Honda Civic Type R for better track performance, even though the 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 makes 200 hp, 5 hp lesser than the previous Civic Si model, it does have a stiffer chassis and suspension for track days, which Honda claims will lessen the lap times. The Si, like the 2019 Civic Type R does come with its own unique interior theme in red making it worth buying.


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