The New York International Auto Show revealed a surprise or two coming to North American drivers in 2016. At the top of our list sits the visually stunning 2016 Honda Civic World-Car Concept. Will it be turbocharged?
That’s the number one question Torque News-Honda readers ask when they comment on Honda’s 2016 Civic Concept. Will it be turbo-powered, what will it cost and when can I buy one?
What we do know
The 10th generation Honda Civic Concept is visually stunning. That’s a personal assessment that’s tough to argue with. A mold-busting design that holds up well when looking to the not too shabby, exiting 9th generation 2015 Honda Civic Sedan, Coupe and performance Si variants; with formidable competition coming from Europe, Japan and U.S. manufacturers.
Civic remains the #1 selling non-fleet-sale compact sedan in North America. None the less, Honda says it’s time to kick it up a notch, Si fans agree.
News of possible North American Type-R
The biggest news coming Honda’s John Mendel was a bit more than a hint, yet less than a commitment as to the import of a U.K. manufactured Civic Type-R 5 door performance hatchback. In speaking with Honda, Torque News confirms that the U.S. bound Civic Type-R will not share platforms with the current built in the U.K. offering.
As Civic Type-R fans dispute the nuances of Mendel’s announcements, we do know that production of the EarthDreams ™ turbocharged 4 cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine is on line for the Anna, Ohio engine plant, Honda’s largest.
With the officially announced $340 million dollar expansion will come a line of fuel efficient “Green,” low emissions, high torque direct fuel injected gasoline engines; bringing with them a fresh injection of sport-like performance characteristics; 2016 Civic may be optioned with one.
For those that don’t want a hatchback…
Honda fans anticipate the introduction of the long-awaited turbocharged Honda Civic Si sedan and coupe some time in 2016. Looking to Europe and Japan, a turbocharged variant will flatten out the torque curve a bit, by producing greater, usable torque at a lower rpm. 2016 Civic Si should be Honda’s logical answer to the auto industries growing use of Eco-efficient turbocharged engines built by Ford, Hyundai, Scion and other manufactures in a bid for dominance in the compact performance class.
Noting Honda’s drive by wire throttle system, dual stage inducted intake and evolved turbocharger design, we anticipate minimal to nil turbo lag experienced through Honda’s latest turbocharged-engine technology. Honda engineering has all but eliminated throttle response lag-time in 2015 Civic Si, buyers will expect the same from a turbocharged variant.
Looking to the evolution of Civic Si
What will it take to push Si to the next level in performance and market appeal? Reality check: Honda Civic Si is and always will be a niche segment vehicle. Harsh of ride, stiff of seat and long-legged as to engine rev-limits, Civic Si while fun to look at is not for everyone. On viewing the 2016 Honda Civic Concept, we discover a bit larger and (possibly) more refined world-car platform of broad implications. Note: Honda has not revealed an interior or specification to the press. Simply put; They don’t exist as of this posting.
However, looking to the current evolution of the Honda lineup, the advancement of Honda EarthDreams ™ turbocharged technology in Europe and Japan, and Honda’s advancement in chassis, ride and transmission technologies, we anticipate 2016 Civic to be a segment benchmark setting sports compact of affordable performance and engineered bullet proof excellence.