Honda turbocharges line-up for 2016 with new Type-R Civic
Honda recently unveiled its 10th generation Civic and dropped a few hints of what’s in store for its most popular model.
The Civic has built a reputation as a reliable, fun and fuel-efficient commuter since its 1972 debut. In fact, the Civic has become America’s best-selling small car with more than 10 million sales. The 2016 Civic is expected to deliver on all the values that consumers have come to expect from Honda, in addition to some new features like a turbocharged engine.
Other trim levels, including the performance-minded Si, will return in the form of coupe, sedan and an all-new 5 door hatchback.
The enthusiast community has been caught off-guard by the 2016 Civic, which for the first time in the model’s history will feature a U.S.-bound Type-R model. Type-R designates Honda’s top-of-the-line performance division and has been a rarity in the U.S., up until now.
Previously, the 1997 Acura Integra Type-R was the first and only model to wear Honda’s top-level performance badge in the United States. Details such as five lug wheels and an 8,300 rpm redline were unique to the trim and turned a fun-to-drive commuter into a driving purist’s dream. The Integra Type-R received stellar reviews over its short, four-year lifespan from many publications, such as Inside Line, which considered it “the best handling front-wheel drive car ever tested.”
The 2016 Civic is a balance of comfort and performance, which will help it continue to carry the banner of best-selling car in its segment.
“Charismatic, connected and athletic, our goal was to create a design that is emotional and sporty yet with a sense of timelessness and simplicity,” said Guy Melville-Brown, Exterior Design Leader of the Civic Concept.
“The Civic’s longer wheelbase and overall length lends itself perfectly to the purpose of improved performance. With a shorter front overhang and longer hood, the A-pillars have been pulled back for a better dash to axle ratio. This growth in size enables us to deliver a more athletic, dynamic stance and sporty proportion.”
In addition to rekindling the fire with enthusiasts, Honda has continued its tradition of safety. Honda will offer a next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure in the 2016 Civic, as well as advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies that include forward collision warning, multi-angle rearview camera, adaptive cruise control and Honda’s departure warning system, called LaneWatch™.
“Honda vehicles have been some of the most affordable to insure with Mercury,” said Mike Hanerty, group product manager at Mercury Insurance. “Of course, insurance costs can vary by trim level, so before you select a Type-R or any of the trims, research how they scored in safety tests and talk to a local insurance agent.”