Honda launched the 10th generation Civic earlier this year in India. This brought an end to a long wait by enthusiasts who had been waiting for a newer gen model of the car after the 8th gen model was discontinued. The 8th gen model gained a cult following in India and still is a hot favourite in the mod circuits across the country. Now Honda may have brought the latest 10 gen Civic to our shores but the Japanese manufacturer also sells a more hot-rod performance-oriented version of the car in the international markets, christened the Civic Type R. The Civic featured here has been transformed to look the same and we for sure are impressed.
The Civic Type R is defined as a hot hatch but a similar body kit has been equipped on the Civic sedan here. According to its makers, this is India’s first 10th gen Civic fitted with a Type-R body kit. To let you know, this is the ZX CVT variant of the car which is the top-end variant of the petrol-powered Civic in India. The front end of the car now carries an aggressive look thanks to that redesigned bumper and honeycomb front grille minus the thick chrome slab seen on the stock car.
Though the grille carries an ‘SI’ logo (which is another performance-oriented version, albeit less wild than the Type R), the body kit has been designed keeping in mind the Type R version. A lip spoiler is also mounted on the bottom of the bumper while faux air vents are stacked vertically next to the fog lamps on each side. The car now runs on 17-inch Lenso ES7 rims wrapped in 215/50 R17 Yokohama low profile rubbers.
The side angle of the car looks quite cool now thanks to the beefier wheel arches, faux side scoop and side skirts. The rear features a redesigned bumper, a huge wing mounted on the boot along with a diffuser with Type R signature centre mounted triple exhaust vents. Other changes on the car include BMC filters which enhance its performance. All in all, this white Honda Civic definitely looks hot with the Type R body kit on it.
Speaking of the 10-gen Honda Civic, the sedan is offered with both petrol end diesel engine options. The petrol engine on offer is a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated unit that develops a maximum power of 139 Bhp and a peak torque of 174 Nm. It is only offered with a CVT automatic transmission. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is a 1.6-litre EarthDreams unit that churns out a 118 Bhp and 300 Nm. The diesel variants are only available with a manual transmission. In its segment, the Honda Civic rivals the likes of the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and the Toyota Corolla Altis.