At the Honda Meeting 2017 event, the Japanese carmaker wheeled out a test mule dubbed “Dynamic Study,” which is in the guise of the tenth-generation Civic sedan, for journalists present to sample.

Said test mule differs from the regular Civic, in that the standard CVT mated to the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine has been replaced with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

This setup is similar to that used in the Acura CDX destined for the Chinese market, whereby the SUV is powered by a 1.5 litre L15B9 turbocharged engine rated at 182 hp and 240 Nm (5 hp and 14 Nm more than the Civic’s L15B8). The mill is mated to an eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission, which comes with a torque converter.

According to Japanese publication Car Watch, the dual-clutch unit is about the size of a conventional five-speed automatic, and promises a 15% improvement in power delivery and 8% better fuel efficiency.

Aside from the powertrain, the “Dynamic Study” also features a revised chassis that is meant to offer improved responsiveness and stability. Changes include a more rigid rear subframe and floor that improves bending stiffness by as much as 57%, while torsional rigidity is up by 25%.

To go along with these chassis improvements, the test mule also received a revised front and rear suspension setup, a more aerodynamic body (drag coefficient reduced by 14%), as well as revisions to the electric power steering and brake response.

Despite being available in several markets already, the Civic will only go on sale in Japan by late July, as revealed by Honda president and CEO Takahiro Hachigo, likely marketed as a 2018 model year car.During the same press conference, he also stated that the 2018 Accord for the US market will feature a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Closer to home, Honda Malaysia recently launched the new Jazz Hybrid, which comes with a a seven-speed (dry) dual-clutch automatic transmission with integrated electric motor. In the case of the Civic, it remains to be seen if the changes in the “Dynamic Study” will be available in time for its Japanese market launch, or in a future update for the C-segment model.