• Civic nameplate approaches its 50th Anniversary
  • Launch of MUGEN equipped special edition is the first in the program of local celebrations.
  • MUGEN – Honda motorsport & styling specialists supply parts to enhance the “naturally sporty character” of 11th Generation Civic Hatch.
  • New colour Premium Crystal Blue introduced, now available across the Civic range.

It’s almost impossible to believe the one-tiny Honda Civic is going to celebrate its 50th year in 2022. It’s a massive achievement for a model having sold over 27.5 million models across 170 countries since it first launched in 1972.

Honda New Zealand is celebrating the Civic’s birthday with the launch of a special edition MUGEN-equipped variant. A striking Premium Crystal Blue colour also debuts for the first time locally on this special model.

Priced at $52,000 – including the Front Underspoiler, Side Underspoilers, Rear Underspoiler, Tailgate Spoiler, Grille Trim, Door Handle Protectors, Sill Garnishes and interior and exterior MUGEN emblems. This pricing is inclusive of all related costs to sourcing, painting & fitting the parts, making this one of the most affordable MUGEN packages globally, says Honda.

Enhancements in performance and style are available in the form of Forged Wheels and a stainless steel sports exhaust system. The FS10 wheels are an all-new design with a machined face surface and black inserts. Thanks to their forged construction, a drop of 4kg un-sprung mass per corner is achieved improving driving dynamics in all environments, according to Honda.

The sports exhaust system has been designed to produce a deep and mature tone which compliments the VTEC TURBO powertrain. The stainless steel construction helps realise higher efficiency and performance.

MUGEN, which means ‘Without Limits’, is well known by Honda fans for their racing and parts production heritage. MUGEN was started by the son of Mr Soichiro Honda in 1973, and has become hugely successful in motorsport internationally. Highlights include powering Formula 1 victories along with numerous other 2 & 4 wheel championships. Honda New Zealand says it has been has been a proud supplier of MUGEN parts and equipped models to Kiwis for over 15 years.

2022 Honda Civic New Zealand Model Line up

GradePricing
2022 Civic Hatch Sport$47,000 + $950 ORC
2022 Civic Hatch Mugen$52,000 +$950 ORC

MUGEN Exclusive Features Key Specifications and Features

ENGINEERING 
Engine Type16-Valve DOHC VTEC® In-Line 4-Cylinder with
Turbocharger
Displacement1,498 cc
Power (kW)131 @ 6,000 rpm
Torque (Nm)240 @ 1,700-4,500 rpm
Redline6,600 rpm
3-Mode Drive System (ECON/Normal/Sport/)
Continuously Variable Transmissionwith Paddle Shifters
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension/Multi
Link Rear Suspension
Wheels18-in. alloys with Berlina Black Inserts
Tyres235/40R18 91W
KEY FEATURESSport
Honda Sensing®
Advanced Compatibility Engineering
(ACETM) Body Structure
8 Airbags, Including Driver and Passenger
Knee bags
Blind Spot Information System (BSI)with Cross Traffic Monitor
Low-Speed Braking Control
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
Integration

(CarPlay Wireless)
9-Inch HD Colour Touchscreen with Volume
Knob, Customizable Feature Settings and
Smart Shortcuts
Bose Premium Sound System with 12
Speakers, including Subwoofer
Driver Information Interface Screen7.0 in
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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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