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Honda Refreshes, Powers Up Civic Coupe for 2014, Shows Modded CR-Z Hybrid


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Just the Facts:
  • Honda continues tweaking its Civic model lineup, freshening exterior styling for the 2014 Civic Coupe and Coupe Si.
  • The performance-oriented Civic Si models get another 5 horsepower and a revised suspension.
  • The bold-looking but sleepy-performing CR-Z hybrid gets a heavy-duty tune-up from Honda's HPD performance-tuning unit in time for the 2013 SEMA Show.

LOS ANGELES — After healthy exterior and interior tweaks to the 2013 Civic sedan, Honda's refreshing the look of the 2014 Civic Coupe and also injecting a little extra power and torque for the 2014 versions of the Civic Si models.

And just in time for this week's annual SEMA aftermarket-performance show in Las Vegas, Honda unveils the HPD CR-Z Street Performance, a performance version of the CR-Z hybrid modified by Honda Performance Development.

The 2014 Civic Coupe gets renewed styling in the form of a bolder grille and a revised fender, hood and headlight design. There also are restyled taillight lenses, more assertive front and rear bumpers, new side mirrors and new wheel designs, including a wheel upsizing for some 2014 Civic Coupe trim levels.

Meanwhile, the performance-oriented Civic Si Coupe gets essentially the same exterior makeover, but amps up the impact with "Si-exclusive design cues" that include a unique lower front bumper garnish, larger spoiler on the rear deck and Si-specific front and rear air diffusers. Both the Si Coupe and Si Sedan get larger 18-inch wheels with new wheel designs.

That's not all for the 2014 Civic Si models. Thanks to revised exhaust tuning, there's a 4-horsepower boost to 205 hp in total and torque also improves by 4 pound-feet to 174 lb-ft. To accompany the power boost, the 2014 Civic Si Coupe and Sedan have tightened suspension tuning via higher spring rates, new dampers and a stiffer rear stabilizer bar.

Honda this week also revealed the HPD CR-Z Street Performance, a highly modified version of the CR-Z hybrid meant to display the scope of performance accessories available from Honda Performance Development, the company's aftermarket-tuning division. At the heart of the HPD CR-Z's transformation is an HPD-designed supercharger for the car's 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that boosts total power to 190 hp. Other HPD accessories include a sport suspension kit, front brake kit, sport exhaust, special 18-inch alloy wheels and a variety of cosmetic tweaks.

Edmunds says: After an early stumble with the current-generation Civic line, Honda seems determined to return the Civic to the top of the compact-car heap.

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Comments

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Has more of a computer mouse shape to me, but not in a bad way--very aero looking. Does a Civic really need 18" rims--I wonder how a stiffer set up Si on larger rims will feel like on average or bad roads. Overall, a lot to look forward to. The coupe should be sportier lookingthan the sedan, and this goes a long way from what the 2012 looked like!

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    The question is why would anyone prefer the SI over the FR-S?

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    The 18's would only help if the tires are wider. For the previous gen Si, the 17's had the same diameter (215mm) as the 18's, so the 18's were only there to ruin the ride. Compared to the competition the car is still not very sexy since it lost its 8500 rpm fuel cutoff, but at least now it's a bit more competitive and it's well priced for what you get. Hopefully the car gets a better engine for the next generation.

  • banhugh banhugh Posts:

    Last time I was in the market for a car, Honda dealers were looking for a $1 to $1.5k on top of MSRP 'cause SI's are "limited production cars". I'm so happy the FR-S is ruining their party...

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @banhugh: They wouldn't (for the Coupe). The sedan is still a good choice if you're carrying family and don't want to pony up for the Focus ST or GTI.

  • stiney stiney Posts:

    Competent, but not exciting. I guess that's Honda's current problem in a nutshell. Honda make a fine product, but they used to make a compelling product. The Accord sedan is excellent in the "old Honda" way. maybe the NextGen Civic will be too.

  • ed341 ed341 Posts:

    A supercharged hybrid engine with 190hp..exactly what the CRZ should have had since day 1.

  • dfelix70 dfelix70 Posts:

    @banhugh, several reasons. First, the FR-S/BRZ were the worst-performing models for their respective brands in the recent JD Power reliability survey. Civic performed well. Second, in wet/snow, you would go nowhere in the twins whereas at least the Civ

  • sjw91_ sjw91_ Posts:

    190 hp in the CRZ would be great, if it didn't still have all the heavy hybrid parts.

  • shepski shepski Posts:

    Well, the good news is that it can't POSSIBLY be uglier in the flesh than it is in pics.

  • snaab92 snaab92 Posts:

    The Si gets another 5 hp? Get your act together Honda!!! The Si doesn't need another 5 hp. It needs at least another 50 hp! This isn't 2003 Honda.... pathetic.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @sjw91: Not that I think highly of the CR-Z, but the hybrid components add up to something like 132 lbs allegedly. I thought people were already past the "heavy hybrid components" thing since the newest generation of hybrids came out? The thing

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    @dfelix70: The Toyobaru seems to be having some first year issues, but I wouldn't count that as a long term thing against them (this Civic has had the benefit of two years of on-the-line changes). The low-traction argument is mostly moot, since the car is

  • roger03 roger03 Posts:

    My 2 cents! This Civic design is a miss, weird looking everywhere.

  • wankel_8 wankel_8 Posts:

    Very nice, first they copied the design from Hyundai Genesis sedan for their Accord, and now they are copying the front lower bumper design from BMW 4 series for their Civic? Man, Honda surely has lost its creativity.

  • danwat1234 danwat1234 Posts:

    I am very curious if the 2014 regular Civics and hybrids will get Earth Dreams engines with direct injection? Right now the 2013 Civic have the same engine and automatic 5 speed transmission that the 2006 Civic has!

  • danwat1234 danwat1234 Posts:

    I hope all new Civic get Earth Dreams engines (Direct injection and possibly variable valve lift (AVTEC) so there'll be no more need for the throttle plate. Also auto start/stop, since it is a proven reliable technology that saves some gas in the city. I hope the regular Civic get new engines and transmissions too. Currently it uses the same engine (R18A1) and automatic transmission used in the 2006 Civic, 8 years old!

  • danwat1234 danwat1234 Posts:

    I hope all new Civic get Earth Dreams engines (Direct injection and possibly variable valve lift (AVTEC) so there'll be no more need for the throttle plate. Also auto start/stop because it is reliable and helps MPG in the city. Why not. I hope the regular Civic get new engines and transmissions too. Currently it uses the same engine (R18A1) and automatic transmission used in the 2006 Civic, 8 years old!

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