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Author Shawn Church
Categories Performance Parts, TOV Road Test, Civic
Create Date June 04, 2002 16:49
Last Update November 08, 2002 15:38
Introduction
When TOV attended the SEMA IAS in Long Beach, CA earlier this year, we made it a point to spend some time with the folks at the Honda booth. When we got there, we were surprised to find some rather nicely turned out Honda and Acura models that had been modded by Honda. We cornered John Yoshinaga of Honda's accessory marketing group and asked him to tell us more. His response? "How would you like to drive one?"

How would we like to drive one? Oh yeah, the NSX please! Well, it turns out the NSX actually didn't have any mods on it (can't blame us for trying though), but John did get us a nicely turned out 2002 Civic EX coupe.



The Civic Coupe is the very first example of Honda's new Factory Performance (FP) concept. Intended to offer a factory backed performance option straight from the dealer the FP package is for those folks who want some additional spice in their Honda, but don't feel comfortable going to the aftermarket (and dealing with installs, warranty violations, etc.). Here at TOV, we applaud Honda for taking this step. Honda is one of the few car manufacturers that doesn't offer a sport suspension or appearance package that can be applied as an option to its cars. If you don't buy an Si, or Type-S, you're stuck with the OEM setup unless you want to go to the aftermarket.

With the creation of the FP option (which is to be applied to the RSX as well), Honda has taken a big step towards satisfying a bigger portion of the market. And it shows that Honda is paying attention to the enthusiast market. In fact, over the last 5-6 years, we've noticed that American Honda in particular is starting to listen. Whether its taken that long to work through corporate bureaucracy, or its due to the onset of stiffer competition from other makes, we don't know. All that matters is that Honda is moving in the right direction (we at TOV feel that this trend began in 1996 when Honda listened to our pleas for the Integra Type-R which TOV readers lobbied heavily for in a major survey sent to the corporation).

O.k., so now you know what FP stands for and the rationale for its creation. "But how does it drive?" you say? Read on to find out.
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07-19-2002 12:38 What about the sedan?   (Score: 1, Normal) Copal
07-19-2002 14:44 Civic Si-G
07-19-2002 16:01 Copal
07-19-2002 20:38 Civic Si-G
07-23-2002 17:04 Hrandy
07-24-2002 09:29 Copal
08-04-2002 00:33 Honda DPSM
04-04-2003 16:37 ScudRacer
07-19-2002 15:25 AHM's OEM parts   (Score: 1, Normal) TonyEX
08-04-2002 00:31 Honda DPSM
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08-04-2002 14:39 notyper
08-07-2002 01:42 roninSI
12-29-2002 04:43 ScudRacer
08-19-2002 20:54 Those Civic Rims   (Score: 1, Normal) Kargoxl
08-20-2002 12:40 notyper
10-06-2002 19:35 ScudRacer
07-19-2002 12:14 Civic FP package   (Score: 1, Normal) JonBoy
08-22-2002 03:36 ghb2513
08-23-2002 19:53 incognegro
09-11-2002 00:32 Simmons#33
08-26-2002 16:07 2002 HIGH PERFORMANCE CIVIC IN STOCK****   (Score: 1, Normal) andwrig1
08-26-2002 23:34 b0ym0nkey
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08-19-2002 16:15 215 lbs guy!   (Score: 1, Normal) tamazoid
08-20-2002 12:44 notyper
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08-07-2002 21:40 $4K is way too much :(   (Score: 1, Normal) twohoos
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07-22-2002 23:58 What about Comptech?   (Score: 1, Normal) Vitt
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