The current-generation Honda Civic is enjoying great success in the United States, where it is offered in both sedan and coupe body styles, which are powered by gasoline, natural gas, or even a hybrid powertrain. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, the hatchback version of the Civic, which Honda has yet to bring Stateside, just had its cool factor enhanced by means of a menacing special-edition model.
Dubbed Black Edition and wrapped in a triple black exterior that would make a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner burst with anger, the new addition to Honda’s U.K. lineup is restricted to Great Britain, where it joins similar special-edition versions of the CR-V crossover and the Jazz hatchback (sold as Fit in the United States). Suddenly, it seems like the United Kingdom is a great place to be if you’re a Honda enthusiast.
But before we start feeling sorry for not getting it in the United States, let’s have a closer look and find out what the Civic Black Edition is all about.
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Honda Civic Black Edition in detail
First and foremost, this Civic hatch is damn mean! I mean, if Lord Vader should get bored with its second-generation Buick Regal , then he might as well head over to the U.K. and buy one of these. Well, not buy it per se, because he’s Lord Vader, but you get the point. Aside from the headlamps, taillights and the badges mounted on the hatch, everything else is pitch-black on this Civic.
The side skirts, the rear bumper garnish and the roof spoiler have all been painted black to match the vehicle’s gloss-black exterior, while the side mirrors received matching covers. Even the Type-R -like fuel lid cover went to the dark side to blend in with the rest of the body. Naturally, the five-spoke wheels round off the stealthy appearance of the car, which is only disturbed by the aluminum "Black Edition" badge and the familiar Honda logos.
Things become less evil under the hood, where customers can choose from a pair of regular Honda powerplants. First on the list is the 1.6-liter i-DTEC, a frugal diesel unit that cranks out 118 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The brawnier of the two, the 1.8-liter i-VTEC, runs on gasoline and generates 140 ponies and 128 pound-feet of torque. Sure, these powerplants won’t send you flying, but they do return great mileage. The diesel, for instance, is good for 78.5 mpg on the U.K. cycle (65 mpg U.S.), while the gasoline engine claims to deliver 46.3 mpg U.K. (38.5 mpg U.S.).
Pricing begins from £21,455 for the gasoline version and from £22,460 for the diesel. This means around $36,700 and $38,460, respectively as of 07/11/2014.
Gallery Honda Civic Black Edition
Honda (UK) has kicked off a summer of Civic savings, introducing the new Black Edition with low monthly payments starting at £249, 0 per cent APR over three years and a £500 deposit contribution.
As part of the summer campaign which runs until September 30th, Honda (UK) is also continuing to bring down the cost of motoring with very special offers on the entire Civic range. The Civic hatchback is now available from £239 per month for the 1.8 SE Plus, from £249 per month for the 1.6 i-DTEC, and the recently introduced and highly acclaimed Civic Tourer from just £249 per month. All models also benefit from three year’s 0 per cent APR and up to £500 deposit contribution.
What’s more, all customers ordering a new retail Honda throughout the summer campaign have the option of a comprehensive care plan for the fixed price of just £555. Offering five years servicing, warranty and roadside assistance, the plan gives potential savings of up to £1,290 and complete peace of mind that most of the major running costs are covered for the next five years.
The new Civic Black Edition, available with either the 1.6 i-DTEC diesel or 1.8 i-VTEC petrol engines, combines a number of gloss black elements to give a bold look with attitude. Black front and side skirts and rear bumper garnish work together to create a dynamic profile that captures the attention and creates a lasting impression from all angles. An aluminium badge features the Black Edition logo, while the gloss black roof spoiler accentuates the car’s dynamic shape. This bold look is completed by perfectly integrated covers for the side mirrors and a gloss black fuel lid cover.
Leon Brannan, Head of Cars at Honda (UK) commented: “Once again we are doing all we can to bring down the cost of ownership for our customers with some very competitive offers on the ever-popular Civic. We are also very pleased to be introducing the special Black Edition which delivers the same versatility, refinement and efficiency which Civic customers want but with even further standout appeal.”
But it’s not just about Civic, Honda’s summer of savings has something for everyone. A Black Edition of the popular CR-V is also available from just £329 per month; as well as the Jazz Si from just £189 per month.