At the New York Auto Show, Honda unveiled the new racing livery for their Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross race car that’s set to debut in Pheonix in May at the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross opening round. Behind the wheel of this beast is Sebastian Eriksson and 2014 series champion Joni Wiman.
This souped up Rallycross model was a joint effort between Olsbergs MSE and Honda Performance Division. Boasting a solid 600+ horsepower output, the Civic Coupe GRX could very well pose a threat to Ford, Chevrolet, Volkswagen, and Subaru.
All that power is channeled via an all-wheel-drive system for a 0-60 mph time of 1.9 seconds. Yup, it’s faster than the 1,500 horsepower Bugatti Chiron. No other specs have been released yet but Honda did mention the GRX’s ability to handle the 70 foot table-top jumps that’s going to appear in the race. Meaning the suspension system has been upgraded along with the Coupe’s chassis.
As for the exterior, besides a new coat of paint the Rallycross Coupe is sporting red alloy wheels tucked under what seems to be wider fender flares, a wider air dam, and a huge wing to keep it planted.
For those of you thinking about taking your new Civic Coupe though a similar race course, don’t. “We won’t encourage our customers to take 70-foot jumps out on the street, but we will use this platform to tell people about all the incredible technology and performance capabilities of our new Civic Coupe,” said Nick Lee, National Advertising Manager, American Honda Motor Co, Inc.
You can watch the Civic Coupe GRX in action at the season opener on May 21 and 22 at Phoenix's Wild Horse Pace Motorsports Park.