When is an EG Honda Civic not an EG Honda Civic?

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Oct 20, 2022 | Honda, Civic, JDM, Domani Vi

Photography Courtesy Japanese Classics

When it’s a Japanese-spec, sorta-upmarket Honda Domani Vi.

This one just turned up for sale stateside, and someone should buy it so we stop thinking about it.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/19/22 4:34 p.m.

And I realize glass/body panels would be a bit of a challenge, but that interior looks like home. (Yes, I miss my EG hatch.)

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/19/22 6:41 p.m.

Was this car sold in Canada as an Acura?  I seem to recall there being an upmarket Civic (not an Integra) sold through Acura in the Great White North.

CrustyRedXpress
CrustyRedXpress GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/19/22 7:15 p.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:

Was this car sold in Canada as an Acura?  I seem to recall there being an upmarket Civic (not an Integra) sold through Acura in the Great White North.

I think you mean the Acura EL. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/19/22 7:38 p.m.

In reply to CrustyRedXpress :

The Acura EL became the second-generation Domani so, yes, there's a connection. 

1SlowVW
1SlowVW Dork
10/19/22 8:00 p.m.

You guys didn't get the Acura el in the USA? They were a dime a dozen up here in the great white north. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/19/22 8:50 p.m.

In reply to 1SlowVW :

Sadly, no, just the regular Civic. We got robbed. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/19/22 8:57 p.m.

The EL was just a slightly different mix of normal Civic parts, wasn't it? Like a four door Si or something, not really anything too exotic.

physician
physician Reader
10/19/22 9:03 p.m.

In canada, we onky had ek based acura el. (And the 1.7 thing)

Basicly a 96-2000 4 door civic si (1.6 sohc vtec) with jdm cluster and radio area and front and rear jdm domani bumpers and lights.

We saw them everywhere in the time. 

aw614
aw614 Reader
10/20/22 9:01 a.m.

Isn't the MG ZS 180 related to the Domani? (Except the motor)

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/21/22 2:27 p.m.

The engine shot, also, totally looks like home.

 

BoxheadTim
BoxheadTim GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/21/22 3:02 p.m.

In reply to aw614 :

Yes, with a few mods - back from when Triumph and then Rover built cars based on various Honda models in the UK.

The UK also got a Civic VTI, which I believe is pretty much the same car as the Domani. They were considered a bit of a sleeper as they pretty much looked like a pensioner-spec Civic. The ultimate sleeper in this Rover/Honda mashup was probably the 220s with the Rover Turbo engine, though.

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