11th-Gen Honda Civic Turbo Is Hiding a Lot of Extra Power, and Hondata Found It

11th-Gen Honda Civic Turbo Is Hiding a Lot of Extra Power, and Hondata Found It

07/23/2021

For the last several years, any time Honda introduces a new vehicle that carries even an inkling of potential aftermarket interest—like, say, the new 11th-generation Civic—the engine computer gurus at Hondata waste no time in working their tuning magic. Long serving as a front-runner in Honda ECU development, the group has been hard at work with the 2022 Civic sedan, and they’ve got some promising initial results from their ECU reflash to share.

Like the 10th-generation Civic family, much of the new 11th-gen Civic bloodline will revolve around a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine, with the sedan model relying on a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) while the hatchback will be blessed with a manual transmission option. Of course, when the Si and Type R finally break ground, both will offer 6-speed manuals, as well.

Flashing is Encouraged

For now, Hondata is developing a FlashPro for their 11th-gen Civic sedan test mule and have already found some hidden power with a tune that will most likely be available once the FlashPro is ready for consumer release.

If you’re not entirely familiar with FlashPro, it’s a small device with one end that plugs directly into the car’s OBD-II port and the other connecting to a laptop running Hondata’s software. It can be used to upload various off-the-shelf power-increasing tunes that Hondata includes and often adds to with free updates, much of which are tailored to support aftermarket intake, exhaust, and other bolt-on changes, or you can have a professional tuner come up with their own recipe. The user-friendly process of uploading a new throttle map takes but a few minutes and converting back to factory specs is just as fast—an important factor for California enthusiasts, especially with the new tuned ECU guidelines it recently added to its emissions-testing process.

Unleashing Hidden Power

Honda rates the new Civic sedan’s boosted 1.5-liter I-4 at 158 hp and 138 lb.-ft of torque, which is flywheel rated horsepower. Of course, that number comes down when transferred to the front wheels. For Hondata’s tuning purposes, they’re using a Dynapack measuring device which attaches to the vehicle’s front hubs, and in factory form they measured 162 hp and 163 lb.-ft. of torque as their factory baseline using their evaluation method.

On premium fuel and after altering the factory ECU parameters that include fuel trim, timing, and boost pressure, Hondata unlocked an additional 34 horsepower and 50 lb.-ft. of torque from the turbo four, bringing those numbers up to 196 and 213 respectively. Those mark significant jumps for the CVT-equipped sedan. We saw Hondata make similar strides when the previous-generation Civic was still brand-new back in early 2017. Since then the FlashPro has been used to tune thousands of eager, power hungry Civics and Accords of various trim levels.

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