I've read through this thread and found that indeed the Octane issue has become a "dimagh ki dahi" dilemma here, especially for those like myself who already have booked the Turbo version, and those who are caught by the crease, bat down, awaiting an umpire's decision.
Well....let me say.....Honda indeed screwed up the aspirations for those who wanted top of the line Civic X. The Octane issue should have been clarified BEFORE or AT THE TIME OF taking the bookings. Yes....we can still convert the booking.....but with hearts broken.
I am of the view that instead of 1.5T, Honda should have settled for the R18 2.0, for those who wanted a power drive. OR have postponed the 1.5T venture as a whole till Govt and Petroleum companies have finalized new octane plans and better petrol is commonly available. This way....all customers would have been at par, no superiority or inferiority syndromes would have existed. As per now....you can't have top of the line version without scruples. You can't even let it go!
Let me clarify, as per my views.....NO!......Honda is not pushing for more sales of the 1.8. In that case....they'd have stopped booking of the 1.5T and not resumed it as per that letter. THE ISSUE IS GENUINE. And they don't want to be held accountable tomorrow....hence the DISCLAIMER!
For those who think that 87 Ron would suffice, because Altis Grande has similar requirements as per owner's manual, or because the 1.8 Civic X also has the 91 ron stipulation........or that the 8th gen and 9th gen thrived on 87 rons, bla, bla, bla......read my lips....THEY HAD NO TURBO involved!
It is the Turbo feature that's playing the havoc. The feature you're paying additional 3 lakhs for!
Someone here consoled himself that once Honda has enough 1.8 bookings, they'd announce " We tweaked the Turbo engine, enjoy your rides with 87 rons".....well....my friend....in that case your turbo will no longer have the 29 lakhs 174 Hp's! THAT will be the "tweak".
Now...to come to my own conclusions:
1) This is a gross demeanor and mean marketing strategy by Honda Atlas.
2) As long as Ron 91 won't be commonly available, the Honda 1.5T is mostly a "local car" for Isloo, Lahore, Karachi and main city residents. Can you take it to Naran, Swat, Gilgit/Baltistan or AJK with full peace of mind that you'll find the gasoline? Hence....a LOCAL car!
3) Those still believing that 87 (Read 85 rons) would suffice the Turbo charged, will enjoy their rides mostly between home and Honda Service centers - or spend more time during out-city journeys looking for Hi-Octane gasoline stations, than pursuing the purpose for which the drove out for, in "baby Turbo"!
4) I'd strictly not suggest rural area residents to go for the Turbo version, till better petrol is COMMONLY available. Those living IN the main cities, pretty well know, that even here, Hi-Octane is short sometimes.
Finally....the reason why I'm not backing out so far from my own booking......is simply because.....this babe is gonna be a 3rd car at home and a LOCAL one....Sadly! My Northern area journeys will have to be taken care of by the 4wd. Hence...if you're taking it as the ONLY car at home.....go for the 1.8 till petrol issue solved.....or practical reviews of the 1.5T are out.