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In The Fast Lane Car’s hot or not segment on YouTube, Roman Mica and Paul Gerrard put the Civic Coupe to the test both on road and on track.

Gerrard puts the 1.5 L CVT Civic Turbo through a series of performance track tests including the 0-60mph acceleration test. In sport mode it was quite fast, managing to hit 60 mph from a complete stop in just 7.69 seconds. It pulls away from a complete stop quite slowly but once you get up to around 3000-4000 rpms, you can feel the boost kick in and increase the acceleration.

Next, he did a fast lap test and you have to remember that the Civic Coupe was not designed with racing down the track in mind, that’s what the Si is for. There’s a bit of understeer and even when he tried to carry brake into the corner it wanted to understeer coming out of a corner. Still, the Civic did pretty well overall with a 1 minute and 11 seconds lap time.

One gripe both of them has is about the CVT transmission. There’s always going to be that one second delay between the pedals and the engine. You can floor the pedal but there will always be a delay and if you quickly move your foot from the gas to the brake, you’ll feel the CVT drive the car down the track a bit more before the brake kicks in.

As for Mica’s review, he’s a big fan of the interior that is both sexy and comfortable, the best in its segment. Everything is strategically placed and within reach of the driver and the only problem he had with the interior was with the missing volume knob. Other than that, steering is pretty direct and the car just soaks up all those uneven bumps on the road thanks to its independent rear suspension.

Give the review a watch if you want to know if the Civic Coupe is hot or not.


 

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Does the CVT really have that 1 second lag time? Not too big of a problem when accelerating but braking with a time lag sounds dangerous.
 

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Does the CVT really have that 1 second lag time? Not too big of a problem when accelerating but braking with a time lag sounds dangerous.
The ECU controls every aspect of acceleration, but the brakes should pretty much be a "direct" connection. When WOT (wide open throttle) is detected by the throttle position sensor and transmitted to the ECU, the ECU compares inputs from other sensors (wheel rotation speed, transmission selector position, coolant temp, outside temp, etc.) and if everything checks out, the ECU commands the engine to make more power...this is what's known as "drive-by-wire" as there is no direct mechanical connection from pedal to throttle body.

The brakes, though, should be a direct connection from the pedal to the brake master cylinder, and response should be immediate and without any decision-making lag from the ECU.

In other words, when you floor the accelerator, you are making a "request" to the ECU for more power, and if the algorithm logic in the ECU concurs, you'll get more power. For braking, I would prefer the pedal input to be seen as a "command" and not as a "request".
 

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I had assumed that the brake wouldn't have any decision lag at all but from the sound of that review, when you press on the brake you're inputting a "request" that the ECU has to fulfill.

Has anyone actually notice the lag at all or is Gerrard just more sensitive than the average driver?
 

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I had assumed that the brake wouldn't have any decision lag at all but from the sound of that review, when you press on the brake you're inputting a "request" that the ECU has to fulfill.

Has anyone actually notice the lag at all or is Gerrard just more sensitive than the average driver?
I test drove a civic turbo and ran it pretty hard, i noticed zero lag time when pressing the brakes. They were direct, felt strong and bit hard as soon as my foot hit the pedal. No idea what they're experiencing in these tests... doesn't sound right to me...
 

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Some of these reviewers are so dorky.. If I wanted something really fast or whatever I'd be off buying my 2016 mustang GT Premium performance pack.. I didn't buy the civic coupe to race it has nice power and styling is great. So please review the car for what it is. Which is not a sports car..
 

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Some of these reviewers are so dorky.. If I wanted something really fast or whatever I'd be off buying my 2016 mustang GT Premium performance pack.. I didn't buy the civic coupe to race it has nice power and styling is great. So please review the car for what it is. Which is not a sports car..
That's why i like seeing reviews from real owners since it's just about the best reviews of a product you want gets.

TFL seems to be good with trucks, not so much cars.

HondaPro Jason might be a better resource.
 

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Some of these reviewers are so dorky.. If I wanted something really fast or whatever I'd be off buying my 2016 mustang GT Premium performance pack.. I didn't buy the civic coupe to race it has nice power and styling is great. So please review the car for what it is. Which is not a sports car..
This. These big reviewers typically overlook what the vehicle is actually intended for. I see minivan reviews and they're commenting on the 0-60 and top speed. Really .... ? :|
 

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Often most of them don't know much about cars, unless you get up to MotorTrend and the like, then you sort of get some decent feedback, still nothing like feedback from a real enthusiast and person that comes from a wide range of vehicles.

The rest just read off a spec sheet.
 
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