Honda is finally releasing the manual-transmission option to turbocharged Civic models for the 2017 model year.
Previously only offered with the LX trim, the six-speed manual gearbox will now be available as a standard feature on the 1.5-liter turbocharged Civic Sedan and Coupe in EX-T trim. Those who have been patiently waiting for this day can pick one up for a starting price of $18,740 for the Sedan and $19,150 for the Coupe.
The EX-T models will be sporting a 174 HP 1.5-liter turbocharged DOHC engine that’s good for 167 lb-ft of torque. That’s a 5 lb-ft increase compared to the CVT transmission models. Honda hasn’t released any new acceleration figures but the extra torque may make you feel like you’re going faster. Speaking of CVT, it’ll still be available for the EX-T trim, but as an additional option.
"For 2017, we're thrilled to boost the Civic lineup by pairing the manual transmission with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine - something we know our customers are very excited about,” said Jeff Conrad, senior VP and GM of the Honda Division.
A bit of an understatement considering how excited everyone was back in February when Honda first announced their plans to come out with a 1.5t manual.
According to Carscoops, the manual turbos should start appearing on showroom floors today so keep your eyes peeled if you’re interested.