Honda definitely went turbo, but not the way you or Wreck it Ralph would think. This is what the new generation of the Civic Coupé states. Instead of having the bigger and stronger 2.0 liter turbo engine that will be used by the Type R version, the new coupé has received a modest 1.5 turbo able to produce 130 kW and 219 Nm of torque. But only for top end versions! The cheapest ones have not gone turbo, keeping a 2.o liter DOHC i-VTEC naturally aspirated engine that pumps out 118 kW and 187 Nm of torque. In other words, Honda’s adventure on the forced induction are still pretty modest. Apart from the new Coupé’s appearence.
Following Honda’s tradition of having a groundbreaking design in its even generations, the 10th of the Coupé presents only minor elements of identification with the previous one. The car is very similar to the Civic Concept presented at the 2015 New York Auto Show, apart from the typical exaggerations a show car has. It has a 2.69 m wheelbase, a width of 1.80 m, a height of 1.39 m. In other words, it is longer, wider and lower than the current one, all words that match perfectly with an improved handling. Total length has not been informed so far.
Transmission options go from a 6-speed manual to a CVT that currently makes Honda vehicles lack promptness. We just hope the Coupé has an improved version of it.
Available variants go from the entry-level LX to the Touring. LED DRLs, LED taillights, automatic air conditioning, acoustic windshield and keyless door locking and starting are standard. Optionals include LED headlights, a multimedia audio system with a 7-inch TFT touchscreen and a remote start system.
Safetywise, the new Civic Coupé uses the ACE (Advanced Compatibility Body Structure) and advanced airbags and seatbelts in order to pursue the best scores both in NCAP crash tests and in IIHS standards. Honda believes the car can be named a Top Safety Pick when it gets tested. We hope it is right about it. The more, the better.