We Hit the Dyno with a 2017 Honda Civic Sport Hatch

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Honda-tech.com 2017 Honda Civic Sport hatchback 1.5T L15B7 turbo dyno stock

Does the new Honda Civic Sport have enough punch to have fun with?

A few months ago when I had the 2017 Honda Civic Sport Hatch for a week for testing, I drove over to my buddy Elton Lo’s race shop in Temple City, CA – Raceline USA. Having waited many months to see the car in person, we analyzed the car inside out using our automotive X-Ray vision. Upon discussing the details of Honda’s sporty new hatchback, Elton was kind of enough to let me throw the FK7 up on his Dynojet dynamometer (dyno). We were both curious to see what kind of horsepower and torque numbers the Sport would put down.

Once the FK7 was all strapped in and ready to go, Elton proceeded with the first pull. Shifting from first to third, he then put the pedal to the metal all the way to 6,500 RPM redline. As expected the first pull showed high horsepower and torque numbers around the 190 hp/torque at the wheels. We usually disregard the first pull and use it as a warm up run to get things going.

After a quick minute, it was time for the second pull. The monitor showed a more realistic result – 170 WHP and 175lb-ft of torque. After another quick cool down, Elton then commenced the third and final pull. The final numbers were a tad bit lower than the 2nd run due to heat soak which we already anticipated.

Honda-tech.com 2017 Honda Civic Sport hatchback 1.5T L15B7 turbo dyno stock

The little 1.5L that could. Tiny engine, big results.

At 170 WHP and 175lb-ft of torque, we discovered that the L15B7 in the Sport Hatch produces higher numbers than originally advertised by Honda (180 HP SAE/180lb-ft). Though, I already had a feeling it would before the dyno session, but I wanted to investigate it for myself. So if you think the Sport isn’t potent enough for you in the power department, just look at the dyno sheet. And we already know you can squeeze out even more power with the bolt-ons and a tune. Elton has tuned countless of Civics using FlashPro, so I would definitely give him a call. Whether you want to dyno your car, order the FlashPro, or set up an appointment for tuning, Mr. Lo is the man for the job.

As you can hear from the video, more intake noise can be heard from the engine more than an actual exhaust note. The Civic Sport is in desperate need of an aftermarket exhaust and perhaps a cat-delete pipe.

What are your thoughts on the dyno result numbers? We’re pretty impressed with what the Civic Sport puts down to the wheels in bone stock form. Let us know on the forum!

Matt Eugenio contributes to Honda-Tech, 6SpeedOnline, and Rennlist, among other Internet Brands Auto sites.


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