Fans of Honda Civic hotness got good news recently: The Civic Si coupe and Si sedan will be joining the entire 10th-generation Civic lineup in 2017.

To turn a mild-mannered Civic into a road-burning Si, Honda added active steering and suspension systems, limited-slip differential, and high-performance tires. Factor a standard short-shifting six-speed manual and a “high-torque” 1.5-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and it sounds like Honda is serious about getting back into the fun-to-drive car business.

Unfortunately, the company did not disclose horsepower numbers—they were showing just a prototype, after all—but past models have churned out 205 hp from a 2.4-liter four cylinder. Plus, the current top Civic engine—also a 1.5-liter—produces 180 hp, so it’s likely that this new Si will feel plenty lively.

In fact, Honda boldly claims that the new Si will be “the fastest, best-handling Si we've ever offered to our customers.”

Honda Civic Si Concept interior

Interior trim bits setting the Si apart from garden variety Civics will include special sport seats with red stitching. The accent stitching will also be used on the doors, steering wheel, and leather shift boot.

In our tests of the current Civic, we found it handled with confidence, thanks to a redesigned chassis that endowed the car with a sense of precision and control. Overall, the Civic has more civility and better road manners than the previous model. It also has decent fuel economy; we recorded about 31 mpg for the turbo and 32 for the standard 2.0-liter overall.

The Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will be launched next year alongside another hotly anticipated Honda, the new track-ready Civic Type-R. Pricing has not been disclosed.

Honda Civic Si Concept rear