Honda Civic Coupe Debuts at SEMA Show

A significantly updated 2014 Honda Civic Coupe made its world debut Tuesday at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, offering a first look at new exterior styling updates to the compact car.

Honda also announced that the Civic Si will benefit from increased power and larger wheels and tires, making both the two- and four-door varieties even more fun to drive.

The company also announced plans to begin sales of street-oriented performance parts developed by Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), Honda’s U.S.-based race engineering company, starting with a full range of performance accessories for the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe that go on-sale at Honda dealerships.

According to the company, a power-boosting CR-Z supercharger package will follow in the spring of 2014. In the longer term, HPD engineers are also investigating other models and platforms in order to expand Honda’s street performance product line.

“With the further advancement of the 2014 Civic Coupe and Si models and an exciting path forward for performance parts drawing on our racing experience we are making a statement about our commitment to the fun to drive character of the Honda brand,” said John Mendel, executive vice president auto sales for American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

On display at Honda’s SEMA showcase are a 2014 Civic Si Coupe, a 2014 Civic Coupe EX-L equipped with a Honda Genuine Accessories aero kit and 18-inch wheels, the HPD Civic Si Coupe Race Car and the HPD Civic Street Performance Concept, a street performance concept featuring many HPD racing parts that currently only are available for sanctioned race cars.

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