Honda Civanna Tur Limited
The Honda Civanna actually isn’t a full Honda product: it combines the best out of the Honda City and the Mazda Savanna RX-7. The name concatenation causes the brand to remain Honda, but we assure you the -da part is genuinely Mazda!
The front section is taken from the Honda City and the rear section is taken from the Mazda Savanna RX-7.
The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs and both manufacturers combined forces, combining the best of both cars into this new Honda Civanna.
Honda and Mazda deemeed it a good idea to combine the front of a hatchback and the rear of a coupe and if you squint your eyes it actually looks similar to the 1990 Mazda 121: a bowler hat!
The Honda Civanna combines the late showa and late showa. Thanks to it’s pop-art style Madness infested ads and brochures the City Turbo quickly gained popularity under the Japanese 80s youth.
The Savanna sold mostly to young yuppies thriving for the latest new technology. This meant these cars devaluated rapidly in value near the collapse of the bubble economy.
The Honda Civanna has 3 doors and the total length of the car is 4003mm.
The weight of the car also changed from 690 kilograms (Honda City) and 1280 kilograms (Mazda Savanna RX-7) to 1085 kilograms (2393 pounds).
|Number of doors||3|
|Front suspension||Independent strut suspension|
|Rear suspension||semi trailing arms|
Engine and drivetrain
The Civanna features the ER-T engine up front. This engine delivers 99 horsepower. Apparently there has been a literal power struggle between Honda and Mazda over the choice of engines. Honda clearly won, hence the choice for the ER-T engine.
With the weight of the car being 1085 kilograms, this alters the power to weight ratio to 24.12 lb/hp (14.67 kg/kW)
|Bore x Stroke||66 x 90|
|Power||99 hp (74 kW)|
|Torque||147 Nm (108 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||5 speed manual|
The small 1.2 litre CVCC ER engine was only used in the Honda City. The Turbo and Turbo II models featured a lowered compression ratio and a turbocharger, which boosted the output from 45hp of the single carburetor to 110hp for the intercooled Turbo II.
Tur Limited trim level
The Tur Limited mixes the best out of the Honda City Turbo and the Mazda Savanna GT Limited.
The dashboard featured a digital speedometer and boost gauge. The remainder of the gauge cluster remained analogue, including the gigantic tachometer that filled up most of the space.
Only the Series V got the iconic circular rear tail lights. This Series IV has to do with ordinary rectangular tail lights.
The turbo model can be distinguished by the enormous bulge on the bonnet. This bulge was necessary to create the extra space necessary by the turbo and larger intake of the Turbo model.
The Mazda Savanna RX-7 FC3S featured a 70 litre fuel tank. It’s unknown if this was chosen to make the FC3S a gran tourer, or to keep the range within reasonable distance.
The original front: Honda City
This particular model of the Honda City was sold in 1982. The body style is a door hatchback.
The Honda City was designed as a small city car aimed at the youth that wanted a bigger car than kei-dimensions and had money to spare. The Honda City Turbo was initiated by Honda’s Formula One director Sakurai Shoshito, however this was shortly before Honda rentered Formula One as engine supplier for Williams in 1983. The Honda City platform featured innovative products like the foldable Motocompo bike in the bootspace, the Manhattan HiFi boombox car and obviously also the Turbo and Turbo II models featuring a widebody version of the car with an incredible powerful turbo charged engine. The Honda City is widely considered to be the most daring product by Honda ever.
The Honda City ad campaign
The initial ad campain hired the British ska band Madness, featuring the ‘In the City’ song which while performing their ‘Nutty Train’ walk. This song is also better known for it’s catchy Honda-honda-honda chorus and the band later released a 3 minute version of the song on the b-side of ‘Cardiac Arrest’. The ad campain was an instant success and the Honda City broke many sales records. Upon the release of the Turbo model the ‘Driving In My Car’ song was used, where the members of the band were dressed up as samurai while performing, once again, their ‘Nutty Train’ walk.
The Honda City in popular media
The Motocompo became immensely popular thanks to an episode of Mighty Car Mods, where Marty and Moog race each other with a red and a yellow Motocompo bike. This renewed the interest in the Honda City and since the prices soared. Often the first generation Honda Today is mistaken for the Honda City: both featured the same styling but the Today is a genuine Kei car, while the City isn’t.
Junkyard of rare Honda CITYs – Turbo II’s & cabriolets by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Mazda Savanna RX-7
This particular model of the Mazda Savanna RX-7 was sold in 1985. The body style is a door coupe.
The third generation Savanna was a follow up on the well received second generation. Due to the quirky looks of the second generation Savanna, Mazda decided to design the third generation after the Porsche 944 to hopefully improve sales in the USA.
The Mazda Savanna RX-7 ad campaign
The third generation Mazda Savanna ads were mostly revolving the serenity of the wankel engine. Classy pictures, fast moving vehicles and the New Adult Sports as the tag line for the FC.
The Mazda Savanna RX-7 in popular media
Ryosuke Takahashi drives a white Mazda Savanna RX-7 Infini III in the Intial D anime, manga and movie. The RX7 was also a popular car used for drifting and D1GP driver Hirotaka Hoshino became the ambassador for it.
Abandoned 1989 Mazda RX7 Infini Revisitied by Wasabi Cars
The Honda Civanna certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Honda and Mazda to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Honda or Mazda, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Honda City and the Mazda Savanna. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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