How Good Is The Latest Honda Civic?

Photo Credit: Honda
Photo Credit: Honda /

The latest Civic from Honda may be one of their future classics, just like the EG3.

Really, how good is the latest Civic?  Before, I would have never really considered getting one.  After all, I have sports car tastes and prefer the engine placement, behind me.  If I can’t have that, I want something unique details about my car.  Even my Subaru has a turbo-boxer four-cylinder with all-wheel-drive.  That definitely counts for something. I don’t want another front-wheel-drive, front-engined car, do I?

It turns out, I do.  It wasn’t that long ago that I wrote about my interest in the Civic Touring.  The latest four-door hatchback prototype, which is being revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show, looks absolutely fantastic.  Even the sedan model, available in the United States, looks strikingly similar to a smaller Audi A7.

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Photo Credit: Honda /

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Now that the Civic Touring is available with a

turbocharged four-cylinder and a manual transmission

, the idea changed in my mind.  It’s no longer just a “daily driver” in my mind.  It is now, “a potential BTCC car.”  Huge difference right?  Well, a turbo and a manual transmission will do that, at least with my approach to cars.  A couple of lower flics on the front bumper and a subtle rear spoiler, plus one on the wheels, and a slightly lowered suspension would make it look like a BTCC car, amirite?

2016 Honda Civic Touring Sedan
2016 Honda Civic Touring Sedan /

With a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, there is some potential flexibility with expanding the output.  Our own editor, Paulo Acoba wrote about how a simple intake added 29 horsepower and 25-lb.ft. of torque.  Imagine what an exhaust and proper chip tune could change the parameters to?

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The Geneva Motor Show is simply overwhelming with supercars and hypercars, from the Bugatti Chiron to the Koenigsegg Agera.

But, there are some of us with a different budget, that want to have fun too.  One way to do it?  Purchasing the latest Honda Civic.  It can recharge the enthusiast’s heart to modify cars from a simple chassis, and turn the creation into something truly unique, just like the EP3’s of the past.