This is not just another product video of the new Honda Civic, but one that sees the 1.8 litre naturally aspirated engine variant go up against the new 1.5 litre turbocharged version on track. OK, it’s more choreographed driving with each car taking turns to be the leader than actual racing at Thailand’s Buriram circuit, but it’s still good to see the cars in motion, in both day and night.

It’s not real racing, so we don’t know for sure how the 1.8 NA with 141 hp and 174 Nm will measure up to the 1.5 Turbo with 173 hp and 220 Nm on the road, but the car with forced induction should be an easy winner. As seen in February, a stock US-spec Civic Turbo CVT will beat the previous-generation Civic Si with a 205 hp 2.4 litre NA engine. Even with ECO mode on.

We got up close with the new Civic at the Bangkok Motor Show last month, detailing the specs of each variant available there (1.8 E, 1.8 EL, Turbo, Turbo RS) plus Modulo accessories, with live pics from the show floor. Here’s a recap.

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On the outside, LED DRLs, LED tail lights and 16-inch alloys are standard across the board, with the 1.8 EL adding on fog lights and chrome door handles. The Turbo and Turbo RS get 17-inch wheels and dual exhausts (which are hidden from view, by the way), while the top RS boasts LED headlights, LED fog lights, a sportier front bumper and grille (gloss black bar connecting the headlights) and a rear spoiler.

Inside, keyless entry and push start comes standard on the base 1.8 E, along with Engine Remote Start which debuted on the Thai-market Accord facelift. Also fitted are auto air-con, multifunction steering wheel, electronic parking brake, a five-inch central display and Bluetooth. Beige fabric seats with a grey centre stripe, too.

The 1.8 EL adds cruise control, auto headlights, Walk Away Auto Lock, an eight-way powered driver’s seat, leather, a TFT LCD instrument display, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free, eight-speakers and a reverse camera.

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Turbo variants get all the above plus auto wipers, four-way powered passenger’s seat and dual-zone climate control. The Turbo RS further nets one an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, steering wheel paddle shifters and alloy pedals. Honda has also developed a range of Modulo accessories for the Civic, which you can view in detail here.

Standard safety kit includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, VSA and Hill Start Assist. Only the Turbo RS gets side and curtain airbags (for six in total), a front passenger seat belt reminder and Honda LaneWatch. Prices range from 869,000 baht (RM96,175) to 1.19 million baht (RM131,683).

The latest Civic was launched as a sole 1.5 Turbo variant in Indonesia this month, priced at Rp. 475 million (RM140,177) in the Republic. There are some slight changes from the Thai Turbo RS, which you can see here. Next up is Malaysia. We’ve already seen the new Civic on test and in the classifieds, so the local launch should be just around the corner now.

GALLERY: Honda Civic Turbo RS, Thai-spec


GALLERY: Honda Civic 1.8 EL, Thai-spec