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2016 Honda Civic Type-R Detailed, Hot Variant Possible

Posted by Stephen On Friday, June 5th, 2015

2016 Honda Civic Type R on the track

The “most extreme and high-performing Type R ever built” is finally here. Or rather, it’s getting extremely close. The 2016 Honda Civic type R is set to make its worldwide debut in July 2015, less than one month away. Now that we are officially into June, Honda is really starting to heat up the hype.

For example, this weekend we finally got an official, production-ready rundown of the new hot Hatch’s stats. Under the hood, you’ll find a 2.0L turbocharged VTEC engine that can rev up to 7,000 rpm and outputs a hefty 306 hp at 6500 rpm.

2015 Honda Civic Type R

The car has excellent mid-range torque of 295 lb-ft from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm, but the car was really made to excel at all ends of the rotational spectrum. The VTEC and VTC valve timing technologies work in tandem to optimize low-end torque response without taking away from up-to-the-redline acceleration, and the car is offered with a six-speed manual transmission.

This mighty pound-for-pound powertrain was powerful enough to take a near-identical prototype of the civic type R around the Nürburgring in just 7 minutes and 50.63 seconds – a new lap record for commercial cars in this class. For those of you interested, the 2016 Civic Type R can blast from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 seconds and returns a surprisingly conservative 32.2 mpg.

2016 Honda Civic Type R interior

We’d already seen inside the cabin, but these pictures confirm that Honda has done a superb job with the hatchback’s interior. The cabin is exactly what we’d want from a track-ready hot hatch like the Type R. The red-and-black bucket seats and the sleek dashboard are our favorite parts.

Perhaps most exciting of all, though… There is now a fairly credible rumor going around that Honda is planning to launch an extra-hot version of the Civic Type R sometime in the next couple years. According to an interview between Motor Trend and the Type R’s project leader, Hisayuki Yagi, “At the start of development we set the target to be the fastest front-drive hatchback around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. And we are. If someone takes our record, we will take it back.”

In other words, there’s room to grow, and they are willing to modify the car to do it (provided there’s a record-related or marketing-related need for it, of course).

What would a hot Civic Type R look like?

2015 Honda Civic Type R

Turns out, it’s not so much what it would look like, but what it would feel like. According to MT’s interview, the engine could be tuned up by about 20 horsepower and the car could shed something in the realm of 120 lbs.

We’re happy to hear that Honda is throwing down the gauntlet with their new Civic Type R, and we hope someone takes them up on it. That way we can see the Honda Civic Type R’s true power! Bwahahaha!


New Performance-Tuned Honda CR-Z to Come in 2017

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Honda CR-Z part earth lover part adrenaline junkie

Honda has been on a performance streak this year with both the Honda Civic Type R and the Honda NSX Concept making their debuts.

However, it hasn’t always been so… Just 5 years ago, the CR-Z was Honda’s newest attempt at a performance-oriented model. Except it didn’t work out quite so well.

The CR-Z in its current form aims to be a budget-friendly hybrid sports car, and it’s arguably a little too ahead of its time. The image at the top of this post says it all; the car suffers from identity crisis. Environmentalists would rather have a Prius, while performance enthusiasts on a budget would rather have a BRZ/GT86, or anything with more power than the 130 hp combined system output offered in the current CR-Z.

Yeah… We’re not really sure how Honda hoped to attract anyone remotely interested in a sports car with numbers like that.

To be fair, Honda is well aware of their mistake. That’s why the Honda CR-Z has already been dropped from the Japanese automaker’s European and Australian lineups. Even if Honda decides to keep it going in the US, it’s not doing particularly well, and it’s certainly not well-known as a performance model.

That’s all going to change by the end of 2017.

2015 Honda CR-Z

An insider report from AutoExpress revealed that Honda is planning to launch a faster and more performance-focused iteration of the CR-Z in 2017, likely at the end of the year as a 2018MY.

Apparently, their source is an anonymous member of Honda’s Research and Development team near Tokyo. “Remember the CR-Z,” the insider asked. “It’s disappeared from Honda’s lineup in Europe and Australia, but it’s due to make a comeback in 2017. The old model’s weak street-cred and lack of performance have been addressed – the new coupe will be a force to be reckoned with.”

To be more specific, it sounds like Honda plans to completely strip the hybrid powertrain out of the CR-Z. Instead, they plan to put their energy into accomplishing two of their three original goals – great performance at an affordable price.

The report claims that Honda will utilize the all-new turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that debuted earlier this year in the Honda Civic Type R. That engine will be tuned to produce 276 hp – more than double what’s available in the current model. However, there is a possibility that Honda will continue offering a hybrid version of the CR-Z in Japan, but even then it’ll be outputting northwards of 200 hp.

Either way, we’re thrilled to have another true sports car coming from Honda. It’s expected to make its debut at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show before going on sale at the end of the year. If you’d like to learn more or to see an exclusive projected picture of the new Honda CR-Z’s possible design, head over to AutoExpress and read the full report for yourself.


Wrapping Up the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 13th, 2015

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show officially closes its doors this weekend on March 15, and most of the Internet had moved on by mid-last week. However, there are a few really cool concepts we have yet to highlight, so today we’re going to do a quick wrap-up to make sure you get to see everything.

Infiniti QX30 Concept

Infiniti QX30 Concept unveiling

We had really high hopes for the Infiniti QX30 Concept after the B-roll teaser we saw just a couple days before the event. Sure enough, the premium compact crossover that Infiniti showed off in Geneva was arguably one of the best-looking cars of the show.

What we really love about the Infiniti QX30, though, is that it’s a truly European model. For many years, both Nissan and Infiniti struggled to identify exactly what European drivers wanted out of their vehicles. Over the past five years, the Japanese automaker has really found their footing.

Infiniti QX30 Concept at the Geneva Motor Show

With those heavily sculpted lower bumpers, 21-inch wheels, and a functional roof rack framing the floating roof, this new premium crossover looks well-primed to take on the best of the best from European automakers. We expect the QX30 to launch shortly after the upcoming Infiniti Q30 hatchback, and our bet is that this premium compact crossover will quickly jump to the top of Infiniti’s European sales.

Goodyear Bh-O3 & Triple Tube Tire Concepts

Goodyear BH-03 and Triple Tube Tire Concepts

Bh-03 tire concept (right) and Triple Tube tire concept (left)

Tire concepts… Kind of weird, right?

That’s what we thought too, but after looking at them we’re honestly shocked these didn’t get more coverage. These innovative Goodyear concept tires are actually really cool! While they definitely won’t make it to production anytime soon, it’s good to see that car manufacturers aren’t the only ones innovating in the automotive industry.

The first tire concept is called the Triple Tube tire. It gets its name from the fact that there are three individual tubes that run around the inside of the tire, which allow the tire to literally change shape depending on the needs of the driver and road conditions.

  • Eco / Safety Mode – All three outer tubes are inflated normally. This is more or less ‘normal’ driving mode.
  • Wet Traction Mode – Here, the center tube is extra-inflated. This causes the car’s weight to be pinpointed to the middle part of the tire, which uses a raised tread to significantly reduce the chance of hydroplaning.
  • Sporty Mode – In this mode, the inboard shoulder tube is deflated (the one closest to the middle of the car), which gives drivers crisp track handling with an optimized contact patch.

The BH-03 concept tire has much more straightforward purpose. It harnesses heat created by normal driving to produce electricity, which can then be routed to the motor of a hybrid or electric car. It’s a simple goal that’s accomplished with nothing short of mechanical genius:

2016 Honda Civic Type-R

2016 Honda Civic Type-R

Honda’s new “racecar for the road” was one of the few production models to make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. To be fair, we saw more than our share of Honda Civic Type-R concepts and prototypes, so this was certainly a long time coming.

The hot hatch Honda showed in Geneva is the same model that recently broke a Nürburgring record by lapping the track in under eight minutes – 7 minutes, 50.63 seconds to be exact. That’s thanks to an explosive 2.0L turbocharged VTEC engine that outputs 306 bhp and a full 400 Nm (295 ft-lb) of torque.

2016 Honda Civic Type-R interior

From a styling standpoint, the new Honda Civic Type-R is about exactly what we hoped for after seeing the previous prototypes. Honda has kept the car’s extremely aggressive stance intact, complete with a truly epic rear spoiler. And that interior is to die for!


Honda Civic Type R Production Model Coming to Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

2014 Honda Civic Type R Concept

After many years’ worth of concepts and prototypes, Honda is finally ready to debut a production-spec version of their fourth-generation Civic Type R – dubbed “a racecar for the road”. As you continue reading, we’ll quickly review what we know about the new commercial sports car, starting with this mouthwatering audio clip Honda released to tease the Type R’s debut:

That engine you hear in the video was developed exclusively for the new Honda Civic Type R. It’s a powerful turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder i-VTEC engine that Honda tells us will output well upwards of 275 horsies, with some guesses being as high as 320 hp. It’ll be front-wheel-drive, and that powerful pound-for-pound engine will be paired with a six speed manual transmission tuned for tight, track-level performance.

For reference, this powertrain will blast the Honda Civic type R from 0 to 100 km/hr (0-62 mph) in a little over five seconds.

When Honda shows us the production model in March, it will have been exactly one year since the last new Type R concept. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Honda Design showed us the intriguing two-door at the top of this post. Then, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show we saw a blue version of the same Type R Concept:

Honda Civic Type R Concept 2

In addition to detailed engine specs, we’re excited to see what Honda has done with the design of this aggressive, race-ready sports car. We expect it to be slightly toned down from the concepts above, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the changes were very minimal. For example, there may be a few less LEDs, or less decals on the body (in the case of the blue version from Paris).

Either way, Honda tells us they’ll also bring their new 2015 F1 car – the McLaren MP4-30 – to Geneva. We’ll also likely see another appearance of the Acura NSX, since Geneva would be a great place for Honda to make the supercar’s European debut.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Honda Civic Type R

2010 Honda Civic Type R

Today’s Japanese car auction find is a third-generation Civic Type R.

2010 Honda Civic Type R rear

Even if you’re not particularly interested in buying one of these older models, it’s a great reference for where the type R we’ll see in Geneva comes from.

2010 Honda Civic Type R interior

As you can see, there’s a definite resemblance to the Civic type R concepts we saw in 2014. Although, this older model definitely looks more like a conventional Honda Civic and less like a racecar. Either way, it’s a great auction find that you can learn more about by reading below the auction sheet for details:

2010 Honda Civic Type R auction sheet

“Interior B, ABA emissions code, first registered March 2010, Type R model, original HDD navigation system, digital TV, xenon lights, rear view reversing camera, Brembo, original AWs, power steering, power windows, ABS, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratched, scratches and dents, underside pushed up, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime, seats worn, 6-speed manual, marks as per map”


2014 Paris Motor Show Round-Up – Japanese Cars You Missed

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 10th, 2014

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is finally coming to a close, and unfortunately we didn’t have time to give you in-depth coverage for every single new Japanese car that hit the stage in France. So, today we’re going to do a round-up of all the Japanese cars you might’ve missed from this week’s automotive event.

For your information, we already covered the Toyota C-HR, Nissan Pulsar NISMO, Suzuki Vitara and Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, so be sure to check those out if you haven’t already. Otherwise, read on.

Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type-R ConceptPhotograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275

We’d already seen a very similar Honda Civic Type-R Concept earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. However, Honda took the liberty of divulging a few new specs for us in Paris. Some of these will sound familiar if you read our preview article, so we’ll be brief:

  • Powered by a newly developed high-revving 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine
  • Red-lines at 7,000 rpm and outputs 276hp
  • Sport-tuned six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-point Adaptive Damper System which varies stiffness with driving conditions
  • New +R button which maximizes performance from the engine and steering during intensive driving

Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata front

Again, we already knew what the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata would look like, but we didn’t know what was hiding beneath its vibrant red hood.

Now we know that the 2015 MX-5 will get at least two engine options. Both will be gas-powered and will come from Mazda’s SKYACTIV suite. The first one is a 1.5L with 130bhp and the second is a larger 2.0L with 165bhp. Mazda is still working out the quirks in a possible diesel variant, but nothing’s been confirmed at the time of this writing. We’re guessing they’re still figuring out the diesel for their Mazda6.

If you’d like a more in-depth overview, the folks over at AutoExpress put together a splendid video of the new MX-5 taken live at the Paris Motor Show. You can check that out below:

Mitsubishi PHEV Concept S

2014 Mitsubishi PHEV Concept S

You might’ve seen this car last month ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut, and not much has changed since then. It’s a clean and stylish SUV whose simplicity betrays the complex technology beneath its hood. Up front, you’ll see the refreshed front-end complete with a chrome-lined X grille and similar chrome accents along the side and rear.

Mitsubishi did give us a few more technical details about the S Concept with its debut. It will be able to travel nearly 550 miles on a single tank and up to 34 miles on electric-only mode. This incredible fuel economy is achieved with a 2.0L petrol engine paired up with two advanced electric motors and a high-density lithium-ion battery.

Outlander PHEV Concept S black and burgundy interior

Surprisingly, our favorite part about the PHEV Concept S is its interior. Mitsubishi really outdid themselves with a classy black-and-burgundy color scheme made up of premium materials and plenty of amenities.

Infiniti QX70 S Design Package

Infiniti QX70 S Design exterior

Even though the Infiniti’s Q80 Insipiration Concept definitely stole the spotlight, the premium Japanese automaker brought another cool new car to the Paris Motor Show. It’s a brand-new design package for the Infiniti QX70 SUV.

The design package features a silver exterior with dark chrome accents in the grille, side sills and rear bumper. To match the dark chrome, the headlights have a new smoked finish and the 21-inch alloys showcase a crisp black paint job to go with the black roof rails and mirrors.

Infiniti QX70 S Design Package

Inside, the “dark side” theme continues with a black lacquer finish for the center console, and purple-stitched black leather upholstery throughout the cabin. For more images, check out Carscoops’s live photos of the QX70 S Design.

All in all, we’d say the 2014 Paris Motor Show was a great showing for Japanese automakers. Definitely a great way to kick off the end-of-year motor show season!


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2009 Honda Civic Type-R Euro

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Today’s Japanese car auction find could not come at a better time. You’ll recall that yesterday Honda showed us the newest incarnation of their Civic Type-R Concept. When that car eventually makes it to production, be coming back as a fourth-gen model after a four-year leave of absence.

Today’s Japanese car auction find is a third-generation Honda Civic Type-R:

2009 Honda Civic Type-R  Euro front

Believe it or not, this model was the last Civic Type-R ever sold in Japan. However, that’s not the only reason that it’s so unique… You’ll see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post that the chassis code for this model is FN2.

But, wait a minute! The last Type-R chassis that Honda developed for the Japanese market was coded FD2… What’s the deal?

In 2008, Honda developed and manufactured the FN2 chassis for a new European Civic Type-R, which successfully launched later that year in the UK as a 2009MY. Unfortunately, Euro V emissions standards passed soon after which forced Honda to cease production of the model. Since they couldn’t even sell their remaining stock of vehicles, they exported them to Japan and sold them as a limited edition Civic Type-R Euro.

In Japan, Honda pitched the car as, “A premium sports model with a distinctive, stylish form and performance that was forged on European roads. Only 2,010 units will be available for sale in Japan.” The car you see here is one of those rare Type-R Euro units.

Of course, it was only a matter of time until similarly strict emissions regulations made their way into Japan, and it was summer of 2010 when the Type-R nomenclature was officially discontinued in the JDM. And that’s how the Honda Civic Type-R Euro became the last Type-R to ever be sold in Japan.

Okay! No more history lessons. Let’s talk specs:

2009 Honda Civic Type-R  Euro rear

Outside, you’ll see that this 2009 Civic Type-R actually looks quite similar to the brand-new concept we saw yesterday. It’s a bit rounder around the edges, and it lacks the bells and whistles that you’ll always find on a show car, but it’s definitely a stylish and fun-looking hot hatch.

Inside, you can see below that Honda went the extra mile to give this sports hatch a comfortable, premium appeal. They developed custom leather bucket seats specifically for the Type-R Euro, and you can clearly see the refined black and red color scheme. It’s a bit harder to see, but the steering wheel is also wrapped in leather.

2009 Honda Civic Type-R  Euro interior

Under the hood, you’ll find that this Civic Type-R runs on a 2.0L i-VTEC engine with 197hp and 142 lb-ft of torque. That torque is available across a surprisingly wide engine range too, thanks to a custom intake manifold which helps maintain high engine output. Meanwhile, a Drive-By-Wire system allows for finely tuned throttle response, and engine noise is kept to a pleasant hum thanks to an integrated secondary balancer. That i-VTEC engine is paired up with a high-performance six-speed manual transmission.

As you can see, today’s Japanese car auction find is truly something special. If you’d like to learn more about this 2009 Honda Civic Type-R Euro, keep reading below the auction sheet for a full, detailed translation.

2009 Honda Civic Type-R  Euro auction sheet

Here is the translation.

“Interior B, first registered November 2009, grade 4.5, six speed manual gearbox, AAC, service pack, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, airbag, projector style headlights, pushbutton starter,t, seats or SIr type, left rear and right rear fender seals have been repaired, alloy wheels scratched, scratches and dents, left front lower cover is loose right front lower cover is loose, marks as per map”


Honda Civic Type-R Concept Teased w/ New Performance Specs

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Honda Civic Type-R Concept

Honda has just revealed the next iteration of their Civic Type-R Concept. This is reportedly the concept that will most closely match the actual production car, so you’ll definitely want to pay attention when it debuts in a couple days at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

In the meantime, Honda has given us a little preview for what the new Honda Civic Type-R Concept will look like. More importantly, they’ve given us some new technical specs, but let’s cover the design first.

Honda Civic Type-R Concept rear

If you saw Honda’s first Civic Type-R Concept from the 2014 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, you’ll notice that this new blue version looks largely the same. In fact, the only noticeable aesthetic difference is the luminous blue paintjob… The aerodynamic body kit, complete with its under spoiler, side skirts, rear spoiler, aggressive front grille and the sweet twin-spoke alloys, looks exactly the same. And of course, you’ll find that trademark red H badge at the center of the hatchback’s design.

What really has us excited about this and new Civic Type-R Concept, though, are those new technical specs we mentioned earlier. Honda claims that this concept will “set new standards on power, torque and engine response,” and, “signals the start of a new performance era for the brand.”

That’s a bold claim to make. So, what’s under the hood?

Honda Civic Type-R Hatchback profile

The Type-R will apparently run on a new turbocharged 2.0L i-VTEC engine that red-lines at 7,000 rpm and produces 276 hp. Honda claims that the hot hatch’s performance will outmatch every other car in their lineup, including the Acura NSX. However, the engine isn’t the only reason for this car’s exceptional agility.

In addition to a new engine, the Honda’s Civic Type-R Concept will showcase a new front suspension system that allows the engine to more efficiently deliver power to the wheels by minimizing torque steer. The suspension uses a new four-point Adaptive Damper System that automatically adjusts damping stiffness at split-second intervals, allowing for extremely high-performance handling.

Honda will top off the Type-R’s pristine mechanics with a six-speed manual transmission to maximize driving enjoyment.

With all of that being said, the coolest new feature to make its debut in this Type-R Concept is a +R driving mode. There will apparently be a ‘+R’ button next to the steering wheel. When pressed, it’ll automatically heighten engine response and adjust the car’s highly adaptive torque-mapping systems to a more aggressive, performance-focused setting.

As you can see, there’s a whole boatload of new technology to be showcased in the upcoming Honda Civic Type-R Concept. So, even if the sporty exterior isn’t your style, you’ll want to stay tuned for this concept’s debut to see exactly where Honda is heading.


Honda S2000 Rumored to Follow Upcoming S660

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

May has been an awesome month so far for our Honda fans. Last week we learned that they intend to revive the Honda Beat with a new car called the Honda S660. This week we’ve learned that the S660 isn’t the only ‘S’ car slated to make a comeback – the Japanese automaker has confirmed the return of the Honda S2000 roadster. It seems that Honda is determined to return to their motorsports-oriented youth, and these two cars together with the upcoming Acura NSX are their plan to do it.

Honda S2000

For those of you without an intimate knowledge of Honda’s past production line, the Honda S2000 was a slick lightweight roadster manufactured from 1999 to 2009. In fact, its roots reach back to the Honda Beat with a conceptual debut at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. The S2000 enjoyed steady sales for the first seven years of its ten-year lifespan. Unfortunately, sports cars were one of the segments most dramatically impacted by the auto industry’s 2008 recession, so the S2000 was nixed from the lineup. Still, the car was well-loved by critics and continued to garner awards during its last three years of production.

Now, the auto industry is on track and Honda is ready to bring the S2000 back along with it. Except, according to Automotive Express, it won’t technically be the S2000, just the name will remain the same. For example, where the old S2000 featured a front-engine layout, the new model will follow in the S660’s and NSX’s footsteps with a mid-engine layout. Also, the old S2000 was a softtop convertible, but early sources indicate the new one will be a hardtop coupe.

All of these changes pale in comparison to the last one. The old Honda S2000 used an F22C1 four-cylinder 2.0L petrol engine with 239hp, which together with a ‘X-bone’ chassis helped it to achieve its lightweight design. The new S2000 eschews “lightweight” in favor of power. It’s rumored to use the same turbocharged 2.0L 350bhp engine as in the Honda Civic Type R. But, that blazing engine will be part of an NSX-like hybrid powertrain to keep the car fuel efficient and eco-friendly while still boasting a 0 to 60 time of around 5 seconds.

To put each of Honda’s upcoming performance models into a timeline, you can expect the Acura NSX to come in less than a year’s time near the beginning of 2015. Then, the new Honda S660 subcompact will likely arrive at the end of 2015 for the 2016MY. Finally, this new Honda S2000 likely won’t arrive until the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017, but unlike the S660 it’s almost guaranteed to make its way into European and American markets.