Honda recently revealed its all-new 2016 Honda Civic Coupe, which thankfully looks a lot like the neon-green concept car that wowed crowds at the 2015 New York auto show. As you can imagine, there’s a lot shared between the two- and four-door Civics—platforms, engines, transmissions, and the like. Nevertheless, Honda has made sure the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe isn’t simply a stubbier-but-sexier spinoff of the best-selling sedan. Here’s how Honda did it:
1. It changed just about everything from the mirrors back
You see a lot of new bodywork behind the doors—the longest doors ever on a Honda car—but Honda didn’t touch much on the front end. Like, anything. The front of the Coupe is almost identical to the sedan; Honda didn’t see a reason futz with it.
2. It chopped an inch out of the roofline
Though it looks subtle, the roofline is very dramatically raked. Want proof? Hard as it might be to believe, the part of the roof that touches the top of the windshield is actually higher than the tip-top of the big shark-fin antennae on the back of the roof.
3. It sucked in the rear overhang by 5.5 inches
There’s not a lot of fat behind the rear wheel arches, which gives this thing a tight ass. Fortunately this doesn’t translate to overnight bag-only trunk space.
4. It pushed in the rear windows
Out of want, not need, Honda designers decided to push the rear windows in a tad to make the sharply creased rear haunches seem bigger and more pronounced. A smart move, seeing how we can’t believe the back end of the Civic Coupe isn’t any wider than the sedan’s.
5. It cleverly redesigned the taillights
Honda didn’t want to get rid of its “signature C-shape” taillights, but it did want to make the Coupe look sportier than the Civic sedan. So the automaker added a light bar that runs the length of the rear deck and connects the two taillights. To make sure it didn’t turn its “signature C-shape” taillights into one, big taillight that would look like a used staple, Honda designed the light bar to get dimmer as it neared the center of the car.
6. It has fitted the Coupe with a uniquely styled interior
A two-tone cabin with black as the base color definitely feels sportier than the bland, monochromatic interiors on most other Civics.
7. It will retune the Coupe’s suspension slightly
Development leader John Hwang couldn’t go into details about how the Coupe’s suspension would be different, but he did say it would be slightly retuned with sportiness in mind. We’re guessing it’ll get higher-rate springs as well as anti-roll bars that are a tad stiffer than those on the sedan, plus understeer will be dialed out.