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2022 Honda Civic Gains an Impressive 34 HP From a Simple ECU Tune

Not to mention another 50 pound-feet of torque.
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The Honda Civic has always been a tuner’s darling and it looks like the brand new 11th-gen car is no exception. Even though it’s been exactly five minutes since the 2022 Civic came out, people are already tinkering and extracting quite a bit more power from the car’s stock 1.5-liter turbo engine. Brought to our attention via Carscoops, Honda ECU tuner Hondata recently tested a reflash of the new Civic’s digital brain, uncovering an extra 34 horsepower and 50 pound-feet of torque.

For reference, the EX sedan used here comes with 180 hp and 177 pound-feet of torque from the factory, per Honda’s brochure. When Hondata put the untuned car on the dyno, it showed 162.46 hp and 163.63 pound-feet at the axle—not abnormal after accounting for drivetrain loss. 

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Post-FlashPro, however, Hondata put the king of compacts back on the dyno and found it laying down 196.78 hp and 213.65 pound-feet. Those are deltas of more than 34 hp and 50 pound-feet of torque. Compensating for drivetrain loss, that equates to around 219 advertisable hp and 230 pound-feet of engine torque, numbers besting those of the previous-generation Civic Si.

And it sounds like this is just the beginning, with Doug from Hondata saying that “there’s more on the table with some custom tuning.”

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Granted, one shouldn’t be too surprised by all of this given that Hondata has done similar things to the previous, 10th-gen Civic, and the fact that this new car uses carryover engines, albeit slightly improved. Stock versus stock, the 2022 Civic’s 1.5-liter makes six hp and 15 pound-feet more than the outgoing model. 

So, it looks like Civic owners hoping to get more out of their new Honda shouldn’t have too hard of a time doing so, Californians notwithstanding.

Got a tip or question for the author about the new Civic? You can reach them here: chris.tsui@thedrive.com