It’s now official everyone; Honda will be offering a six speed manual transmission option for the 1.5 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine in the new 10th gen civics. This isn’t limited to the sedan as it’ll be an option for the coupe and hatchback too.
Autoguide was recently at the media launch and they had a chance to test out the six speed manual transmission in a prototype car. A release timeline hasn’t been released yet but you can be expecting to see the 1.5 liter turbo engine produce 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque.
What’s interesting is that there’s supposed to be a video accompanying the article but it seems to have been removed or made private. Maybe there’s currently an information embargo on the new manual transmission.
So all we have is a short review from Mike Schlee (Autoguide editor). He says the “throws are medium-short, engagement smooth and the clutch predictable. But most importantly, it adds new life to the turbocharged engine while heightening the engagement and fun-to-drive factor exponentially.”
Maybe we’ll hear more in the near future but for now Honda has been tight lipped about it and left us all with a lot more questions than answers. Will it be available for all turbo engines? Will the manual releases be staggered and in the same release order as the non-manual versions (sedan, coupe, then hatchback)?