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Honda Sonic Civic Debuts at San Diego Comic-Con, Goes Fast

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Honda Debuts Custom-Designed “Sonic Civic” at Comic-Con; Joins “Sonic the Hedgehog™” and SEGA® in Celebrating the Iconic Game's 25th Anniversary

The words “Honda Sonic Civic” may cause some folks to do a double take, as they try to envision some unholy union between the Chevy Sonic and Honda’s own popular compact car.

But don’t worry, the title actually refers to something much cooler: a “Sonic the Hedgehog”-themed Honda Civic.

The one-of-a-kind Sonic Civic was created to celebrate the classic SEGA Genesis video game’s 25th anniversary, and debuted Friday night during Comic-Con in San Diego. It’s based on a turbocharged 2016 Civic Touring sedan, making it the perfect vehicle for video game enthusiasts who, to put it simply, gotta go fast.

The customization was performed by Brian Fox of Fox Marketing Cars in York, Pennsylvania. Fox rolled up his sleeves, cracked his Knuckles, and got to work adding several excellent touches to the car, beginning with custom rear wheels that resemble Sonic’s iconic red shoes, and front wheels that look like those golden rings that he won’t shut the hell up about.

Honda Debuts Custom-Designed “Sonic Civic” at Comic-Con; Joins “Sonic the Hedgehog™” and SEGA® in Celebrating the Iconic Game's 25th Anniversary

“I LOVE rings! It’s like they’re DRAWN to me!”


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The Civic’s exterior also delights fans with its unique vinyl Sonic the Hedgehog design, BASF R-M Candy Sonic Blue paint job, and Sonic Black Grill with a Sonic Yellow Honda logo in the center.

Honda Debuts Custom-Designed “Sonic Civic” at Comic-Con; Joins “Sonic the Hedgehog™” and SEGA® in Celebrating the Iconic Game's 25th Anniversary

Inside, custom “Sonic the Hedgehog” 25th Anniversary logos are embroidered onto the Katzin Blue Leather seats.

2016 Honda Sonic Civic interior celebrates 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog video game

This is also one of the rare vehicles where drivers will be less excited by what’s under the hood than what’s under the trunk—namely, a floor-mounted 32-inch television screen that allows fans to play the actual “Sonic the Hedgehog” games.

Honda Sonic Civic trunk featuring floor-mounted television screen


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The custom trunk design also features two 500-watt T1S2 10-inch subwoofers and two 500-watt TM400 400-watt amplifiers.

“What better way to showcase the incredibly sporty performance capability of the 10th generation Civic than by pairing it with gaming industry’s ultimate athlete – Sonic the Hedgehog,” said James Jenkins, Honda’s Public Relations Manager. “As the fan favorite game and character celebrates his 25th anniversary on the scene, we hope that all Sonic fans—those who remember playing years ago and those who continue playing today—rejoice in his all-new ride, as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

UPDATE: Chevrolet has fought back by releasing it’s own “Chevy Sanic”

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    Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.