The Honda City Is a Turbo Commuter With a Sidekick Scooter

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Jun 11, 2020 | Honda, Motocompo, City | Posted in Features | From the June 2016 issue | Never miss an article

We can hear the head scratching already: “That’s a funny-looking Civic.”

That’s because it’s not a Civic.

It’s a Honda City, the brand’s other popular small car, although it never officially came stateside.

Honda debuted the standard City in late 1981 and, as the manufacturer has been known to do, released a performance version soon after: the Honda City Turbo. The 1984 example shown here is part of the Lane Motor Museum collection.

This version of the City delivered on the “Turbo” part of its model designation with a turbocharged and intercooled 1231cc inline-four that produced about 100 horsepower. It was practical, too, with seating for four adults.

A dealer-optional 50cc scooter was designed to fit perfectly in the hatch. Once you found a parking spot for your car—a challenging proposition in Tokyo—you could then scoot to work.

Now that the ’80s JDM classics have celebrated their 25th birthdays, they’re cleared to legally enter the U.S. You can learn more about this quirky hatchback at the Lane Motor Museum.

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eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
6/11/20 9:17 a.m.

I so want one of those.  If I ever buy a “car show” car, a City Turbo is high on the list.

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/11/20 9:26 a.m.

I spent a lot of time dreaming about this kit as a kid.

MrChaos
MrChaos GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/11/20 9:27 a.m.

I beleive the motocompos are more than the city turbos now.

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/11/20 9:27 a.m.

$250 - $400 on eBay. What would the wife say?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ PowerDork
6/11/20 9:35 a.m.

We need a spec series where you run a road course in the City Turbo and then a micro supermoto track in the infield with the Motocompo.

LopRacer
LopRacer Dork
6/11/20 2:03 p.m.
MrChaos
MrChaos GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/11/20 2:19 p.m.

In reply to LopRacer :

ima guess 30-50k with the motocompo

Mazdax605
Mazdax605 PowerDork
6/11/20 2:29 p.m.
MrChaos said:

In reply to LopRacer :

ima guess 30-50k with the motocompo

Maybe $30k, and that's a big maybe, but no way $50k

MrChaos
MrChaos GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/11/20 2:32 p.m.
Mazdax605 said:
MrChaos said:

In reply to LopRacer :

ima guess 30-50k with the motocompo

Maybe $30k, and that's a big maybe, but no way $50k

i mean a 2000 civic si just went for 50k on there

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