Rejoice manual enthusiasts, because Honda is going to offer you the option of choosing a 6-speed manual transmission for the EX-T, EX-L and Touring models. How do I know this? Because VTEC recently took the prototype for a spin.
The 1.5L turbocharged civic was only offered with CVT and if you wanted manual, you had to go for the 2.0L engine models. When Honda spokesperson Robyn Eagles was asked about a manual 1.5L turbo back in 2015, his answer was not a definite ‘no’, but neither was it a direct confirmation; “We have not confirmed it publicly, yet.”
Now we know and Honda is allowing journalists the chance to test drive a camouflaged sedan mule. VTEC has not posted a rider review for the manual turbo yet so Honda may have an embargo on test details.
We could be hearing more as the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe Media Event progresses.
Update from VTEC: they're going to post up their 6MT 1.5T Civic prototype drive impressions in a few weeks. That may be when the Honda infortmation embargo is lifted.