The new 2014 Honda Civic Coupe is the brand's response to an ever more competitive compact car market. Last month, the 2014 Honda Civic Si was teased ahead of its Las Vegas unveiling at the 2013 SEMA Show. Finally, the new and "improved" Civic Si is here. 

The Honda Civic Si defined a generation of affordable performance after it established a cult following beginning from the late '90s and well into the new millenium. However, stiff competition from the likes of the Volkswagen GTI, Mazdaspeed 3, Ford Focus ST, have caused the appeal of the Civic Si to drop severely. What's more, recent updates on the Civic have resulted to harsh criticism.

For the 2014 model year, Honda has responded with a sportier exterior styling as well as a boost inn horsepower and performance. Aesthetics-wise, the standard Honda Civic Coupe will get a more aggressive grill, hood, front fenders, and headlight design. The Coupe will also sport new taillights, new side mirrors, and new wheel designs. The new Civic Si will also feature a unique front lip, a deck spoiler, as well as a rear diffuser. The Civic Si Sedan will adopt similar cues as well to set the performance variants apart.

Performance-wise, the Honda Civic Si Coupe and Sedan will receive a rather modest 4 hp and 4lb.-ft. of torque bump from the past model. A retuned exhaust system will produce a total power output of 205 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. Right away, the new Civic Si already seems just a little underpowered compared to the latest offerings like the 252 hp Ford Focus ST. In  fact, even the Mk 6 Volkswagen GTI, introduced way back in 2009, offers 200 hp and a much more appetizing 207 lb.-ft. of torque. 

Despite Honda's efforts to revitalize the Civic Si, we wonder whether the automaker has done enough to capture attention of the compact performance market. Does the new 2014 Honda Civic Si rekindle your desire for VTEC? Let us know at the comment section below!