We confirmed you the gorgeous Honda S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype from the Honda Entry (Modulo) 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon sales space earlier, and right here’s the opposite half of the pie referred to as nostalgia. That is an EK9 Honda Civic Sort R, however in contrast to the S2K, it’s no restomod.
As a substitute, this idea automobile – formally referred to as the Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser 2020 – is a 1997 sizzling hatchback reimagined for 2020. No particulars, so all of the under are our observations. Acquainted EK hatch form apart, the general really feel right here is fairly “cyber” all proper, maybe because of the color scheme and LED lighting.
Whereas nonetheless unmistakably EK, the face of the CNJ truly sports activities a brand new bumper with reshaped grille and decrease vents – for the latter, the aspect ones are sharper and bolder than the unique Sort R’s, and there’s some gloss black trim for distinction. A lot of the organic-shaped headlamps have been shaded away by physique color, however there’s an LED define.
On the aspect, two strips of gloss black run the size of the wheelbase, and slim/sharp wing mirrors have changed the unique objects. These 17-inch wheels are taken from the present Honda Perception – right here, the blade-style rims are painted all black save for “STI pink” Civic logos.
The rear finish sees essentially the most change. Just like the headlamps, the rear lights have been blanked out, save for a crimson LED define. The EK9 had its quantity plate recess on the tailgate, however this has been moved to the bumper. As a substitute, a black strip runs via the complete width of the rear, reducing into the lights even. This bar has an illuminated Civic brand. The exhaust suggestions have been rerouted to the far edges of the bumper.
Funnily, the Civic brand on the hatch is totally different from the one on the wheels and headlamps, that are funky and “cyber”, maybe. Inside, the 90s-style dashboard of the EK has been made trendy by contact panel AC controls and an ana-digi instrument cluster taken from the S660. Three pedals, a gear stick and traditional Recaros are welcome throwbacks.
The EK9 was the primary Civic to get the Sort R badge in 1997. The Japan-only mannequin’s B16B 1.6 litre VTEC engine made 185 PS and 160 Nm. The stripped and strengthened hatch had crimson Recaros and a three-spoke Momo steering wheel in its spartan cabin. It was first and final Civic Sort R hatchback to be made in Japan – EP3 onwards, all got here from the UK.