|Honda MUGEN MOTUL CIVIC Si Race Car '87|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 4|
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||ST|
|Interior in GT6||Simple|
|Max Power||221 BHP|
|Performance Points||433 PP|
|Weight||890 kilograms (2,000 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||4.16 kg (9.2 lb) per horsepower|
"The undefeatable machine that won its class in all rounds of the All-Japan Touring Car Championship."
The Mugen Motul Civic that won the overall class victory at the 1987 Japan Touring Car Championship (JTCC) was a Group A race car based on the twin-cam Si that joined the third-generation Civic lineup in 1984. The Si, the first Honda production car to be equipped with a DOHC engine in 20 years, made for an ideal Group A race car.
Developed by Mugen, the Civic entered its third season in the JTCC in 1987 with all guns firing. The Mugen Motul Civic, wearing No. 16, was driven by Osamu Nakako and Hideki Okada. The Civic raced in division 1 for cars with engine displacements from 1,001 cc through 1,600 cc, but the car was so fast it overtook machines in Division 2 and occasionally those in Division 3, where engine displacement was as big as 2,500 cc. In fact, in the opening race of the West Japan Circuit, not only did the Civic win its own class, but its front-wheel-drive layout gave it an advantage over rear-drive cars in wet road conditions, and it overtook a BMW 635CSi to finish 2nd overall. Again, even in the scorching heat in the 3rd round at Tsukuba Circuit, it took 2nd overall. In the end, the Civic won all six rounds in class, delivering the Constructors' Title to Honda.
Despite being a front-engine. front-wheel-drive car, it is known for its incredible grip and responsiveness. Due to its light weight of 2,000 pounds and relatively short wheelbase, the Civic exhibits good turn-in and grip. The result is that maintaining a smooth line and reacting to other cars is easier than one would normally expect.
Though it has a good power-to-weight ratio, the Honda still only produces 214 horsepower as standard, limiting it to slow and medium-speed circuits. Given the right amount of skill, however, it can still hold its own against more powerful cars and on faster circuits like Circuit de Spa Francorchamps or the High Speed Ring. Given the car's power deficit, success shouldn't be expected on ovals such as Daytona Superspeedway or tracks that have longer straights and faster corners.
Given the lack of power, one can expect that the gearing is biased more towards acceleration than top speed, meaning that the Civic's top speed is effectively limited to ~150 MPH, ruling out even circuits along the lines of Circuit de la Sarthe.
This car can only be obtained by winning the Civic Race at the Honda Events Hall. The game's pre-race listings dub this car as the MUGEN MOTUL CIVIC Si Race Car '87.
This car can be purchased at random occasions for 400,000 Credits.
As a Standard car, the Honda MUGEN MOTUL CIVIC Si Race Car '87 can be acquired in one of two ways:
- It can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 43,940 Credits
- It can be won from the Level 5 A-Spec Clubman Cup event in the Amateur Series.
It is a Level 8 car.
The car is included in the Honda dealership under the "Asia-Pacific" section of the main dealerships. It can be acquired for the slightly elevated price of 45,000 Credits, and has a simple interior.