For the 2019 model-year update Honda has spruced up the front and rear styling of the 10th-generation Civic saloon and Coupe models, in order to make them look a little like hot Type-Rs without any of the, you know, heat…
Honda’s been having some fun with the latest Civic Type-R hot hatch, the bewinged, turbocharged one with 320 horsepower from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. The Japanese threw the keys to five race car drivers, and the boys promptly starting hot-lapping. Honda, then, has claimed five lap records at five different circuits, including Estoril in Portugal, Silverstone in the UK, Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps, and Magny Cours in France which has just made its rightful return to the F1 calendar.
For the crowning point Honda saved the best for last, and put former F1 world champion Jenson Button behind the wheel at the Hungaroring – the Brit, a former Hungarian Grand Prix winner, lapped the 4.38km track in 2:10.19sec.
On the other end of the Civic range, Honda hasn’t been having quite as much fun. Nevertheless the Civic has been updated for 2019, although you’re still stuck with a CVT even if you choose the new Sport trim powered by a 2.0-litre engine.
Otherwise the highlights are safety related because Honda has just crammed the 2019 model full of extra kit, apart from the slight styling changes to the front and rear featuring a full-width lip spoiler and some chore accents.
The 2019 Honda Civic Sport additionally features 18-inch 10-spoke wheels in a black finish, plus an updated 7.0-inch dash display. New assistance systems include adaptive cruise, a bunch of collision warnings, and emergency automatic braking.
Besides the good ol’ saloon Honda is also offering the 2019 Civic in Coupe guise Stateside, although we’ll have to wait and see whether Middle East retailers officially offer the model in our region.