Although it doesn’t say so in the press release, the 1.5L turbo model will get an optional manual transmission.
Honda pretty much shocked and wowed the greater automotive community with its 2016 Honda Civic Coupe reveal at their Los Angeles Design Studio earlier today. A few people were questioning if they would include a six-speed manual with their 1.5L turbo like in their newly introduced sedan, but according to their official press release the answer was no. Or so we thought. According to our motoring friends over at Road and Track on their pieces they dropped earlier today (Nov. 17, 2015) when they went and asked Honda “What’s up with no manual?” they responded that a manual option was on the way.
"Honda apparently has plans to release a Civic coupe with the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine and a manual transmission, and not the SI variant. It won’t be part of the initial Civic coupe production launch, but it would appear a little later on."
Currently, the 1.5L turbo only gets a CVT option and although a few reviewers don’t mind the CVT and actually think it’s pretty good in the CR-V and Accord, just the thought of optioning out a manual is enough to remove that stigma of being a boring and bland car if for just the moment.
Honda has been known to make some of the best manual transmissions around so hopefully they’re playing around with fit and finish. Or perhaps they’re aligning the manual announcement with an Si announcement as well?
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The coupe does officially bow at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show so there’s a good chance more information will drop at that time.