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2016 Honda Civic Coupe Review

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The most recent Honda study suggest that customers that favor coupes over sedans seem to be mostly seduced by the image and style, feeling that the absent second set of doors pushed the idea that the driver and car have a sporty identity. While that’s not always the case, the vibrant character of the new Civic coupe justifies the sporty part of the suggestion. I mean just looking at it makes it really hard not to believe that this shape won’t be what first attracts its buyer.

Check it out …

Honda Civic Coupe 2016

The 2016 Honda Civic Coupe’s sheet metal alone is even sexier than the sedan’s, with more sculpting, neater dimensions, and wheels that fill the wheel wells right to the very edge of the fenders.

Now what the coupe does share is the sedan’s 106.3-inch wheelbase, which is a sizable 3.1-inch stretch as opposed to the previous generation. However, at 176.9 inches, this new coupe is about an inch shorter than its predecessor, 1.8 inches wider at 70.8 inches, and a drop (0.1 inches) lower at 54.9 inches. Additionally, it has much wider tracks: 60.9 inches at the front and 61.5 rear. Although the overall length has shortened, the overhangs have reduced even more, and matched with the new sedan, the coupe falls 5.4 inches shorter. The rest is a coupe that looks compact in a sporty way.

Power Over Weight

While it would make sense that smaller dimensions and widespread use of high-strength and ultra-high strength steel in the body shell should equate to reduced mass, the official provisions are a little foggy on this score. Honda’s registered curb weights for the older coupe vary from 2754 to 2916 pounds. Depending on the trim level, the 2016 coupes will weigh anywhere from 2735 and 2896 pounds, as per Honda. As usual, equipment and new safety requirements seem to have trounced any attempts at genuine weightloss.

Nonetheless, the new coupe seems to have a performance edge over the previous generation, which is due to its new engines—a naturally aspirated 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder (in LX and LX-P models) and a 174-hp 1.5-liter turbo four (EX-T, EX-L, and Touring). 

US-Market Pricing

Just like several other components of the ongoing Honda Civic saga, pricing is still unclear until at least mid-March 2016 when this model goes on sale. There is some speculation on pricing, but that’s tricky to predict because of the upgraded trim levels. There are currently five culminating in the new Touring model. Then again this much is certain: The new 2016 Honda Civic coupe makes the retiring version as easily forgettable as last year’s curling-tournament results. While the body of the Civic coupe is quite sporty in its appearance, the sportiness goes above and beyond the appearance.


The New 2016 Honda Civic—The First Honda With Turbocharged Engine In The US

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Entering its 10th generation, the 2016 Civic sets itself apart from the previous model with an all new look and distinctive features. The automaker Honda is gearing up for massive hype surrounding its upcoming iteration of their flagship vehicle, the 10th generation 2016 Civic.

When it comes to giving Civic a huge makeover, Honda has been restrained in the past, but things are going to alter with the appearance of the Honda Civic 2016. The upcoming vehicle is going to have a very special new look that will be more aggressive than ever thanks to the fresh styling that offers not only elegance but sportiness too.

2016 Honda Civic

A Blend Of The Acura ILX

The concept images of the 2016 Honda Civic feature a vehicle that has taken on the appearance of the Acura ILX. The fact that Acura vehicles are also getting made over allows Honda to use that particular styling.

It is important to reveal that Honda is not going to copy that vehicle completely; they merely create a nice blending of the previously designed ILX and the new 2016 Honda Civic profile. It gives the typical sedan an upgrade that is very appealing to consumers.

The Game Changer

Honda Civic should arrive with a 1.5 liter turbocharged engine when it makes its appearance. It should also have a 6 speed automatic transmission.

The new Honda Civic has received a very positive initial preview along with some industry followers, for instance, Customer Reports called the upcoming vehicle a cut above the previous iteration. Moreover, some Civic fans have also been upbeat about the upcoming iteration, showing their excitement with official fan forums like CivicX, which is full of fans calling 2016 Civic the “game changer”.

Honda Is Offering Turbocharged Engine

According to AutoNews, after the launch of the latest Honda Civic and its sale in November, it will become the very first U.S. market-focused Honda that offers a turbocharged engine.
The most noted option for the upcoming Civic 1.5 liter 4-cylinder turbo was going to be introduced either in the year 2017 or 2018. However, it has been deemed necessary by the engineers of Honda to include the turbocharged engine as one of the best features of the new sedan in order to make the 2016 Civic stand out.

The new chief engineer of Honda as well as North American development leader, Gary Evert, told AutoNews that the new Civic will of course be a strong statement. He was of the view that the new Civic needs that engine to go where they want it to go in order to make this key model really stand out and for the new Civic to be such a strong competitor, not only in North America but all around the world.

The latest engines are presented with redesigned transmissions that include a refinement-enhancing and fuel-saving continuously variable transmission in order to help push the fuel efficiency envelope even more than before. The vehicle has the four-cylinder, two-liter turbocharged engine with 295 ft-lb of torque.

New Safety System

The upcoming Honda Civic features a new safety system, including:

Collision avoidance braking
Lane departure alleviation
Adaptive speed control and many more features

The latest engine has also been developed based on feedback Honda received about the previous Civic iterations. According to the chief power train engineer for the 2016 Civic, Mr. Yuji Matsumochi, on the whole the impression of the latest sedan is that it has been created based on fan feedback on previous model.

The engineer reported that the engine was highly efficient but unfortunately people were not rating it much. People were commonly heard questioning where its Honda-like characteristics were or where the Honda DNA was. In a nutshell, it was too bland.

The upcoming turbocharged option will be announced on October 19 along with showrooms getting selections in the month of November.

The 10th generation Civic Si is a little ‘edgier’ than the 2017 Acura ILX and the 2016 Civic Si will most probably ‘out horsepower’ the current generation ILX; Acura possesses some tricks up its engineering sleeves.

When launched sometime in the winter of 2015, the all new turbocharged Civic Si will be a ball-buster but, honestly, the buyers looking for the Acura name rarely drop on over to the Honda lot in order to purchase a Honda truck or car.

The 2016 Civic Si does not have the Acura ILX in its crosshairs.

In a recent story appearing in Detroit News, it was revealed that the Honda might be stifling its luxury division sales through producing an all new Civic that encroaches on the Acura ILX refinement as well as performance, perhaps at a much lower price point.

Granted, when we first experienced the 2016 Acura ILX –A- SPEC, we checked the Civic EX-L as well as the Civic Si sedan for a direct comparison, but there was none.

The 2015 Honda Civic has been proven to be a very capable and refined car that features a few of the standard featured active and passive safety features no usually present in the compact car segment.

The Outlook

It is predicted that the 10th generation Honda Civic, although highly refined as compared with the past generations, will not encroach on premium Acura ILX sales to any measurable level.

As the race derived, paddle shift, dual clutch, eight speed, automated manual transmission becomes the performance norm for the Acura as well as other makers, we anticipate the same for the next generation Acura ILX. Manual shifting would be left to the Honda Civic Si enthusiast, just as you would expect.


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”


2015 Honda Civic Revealed with New Civic Sport Hatchback

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, September 27th, 2014

2015 Honda Civic Sedan

Honda will apparently showcase several of their new 2015 models at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, and they’re not worried about keeping it a secret. They’ve already released full details for their European Civic and Civic hatchback, along with their CR-V crossover. However, while that’s all well and good, they also showed us a new car has us genuinely excited for their booth in Paris. It’s a new Civic Sport hatchback, which you can see a little further below.

Before we talk about the new Honda Civic Sport, though, let’s quickly talk about what’s new in the regular 2015 Civic:

2015 Honda Civic LX Coupe

First, Honda tells us the Civic will keep all of the new features introduced for the 2014 model year. That means that the exterior and interior – which both received major overhauls for 2014 – will remain largely the same. The few updates are aimed at increasing premium appeal, so you’ll find new headlamps and a sleeker front bumper for the sedan/coupe, along with new side skirts and a rear spoiler for the hatchback.

Inside, the Civic’s cabin has been spruced up with higher quality upholstery, new stitching along the headrest, updated door trim, subtle chrome accents throughout and a piano-black control panel. Without a doubt, the biggest update is the new Honda Connect in-car audio and infotainment system, which runs on Android. Honda tells us that this system “features the familiar pinch, swipe and Functionality of a smart phone on a seven-inch display screen.”

Okay, that’s it for the regular 2015 Honda Civic. Let’s get back to that cool new Honda Civic Sport we mentioned at the beginning of this post…

2015 Honda Civic Sport Hatchback

As you can see, Honda has majorly overhauled the front of the normal Civic hatchback to create a look that’s extremely aggressive and reminiscent of the future Civic Type R. You’ll see the front fascia features a stunning black mesh grille coupled with matching 17-inch alloys, while the backside of the Civic Sport features a color-coded rear spoiler.

2015 Honda Civic Sport rear view

Unfortunately, even though it looks like a Civic type R, don’t expect it to perform like one. The Civic sport will only be available with either a 1.6L diesel rated at 118hp or a 1.8L petrol that offers 140hp. Neither option is exactly thrilling, so you’ll buy the Civic Sport– which is admittedly eye-catching – purely for the sports appeal, not the sports performance.

2015 Honda Civic Sport interior

Still, we’re excited to see the new Honda Civic Sport and the rest of the 2015 Honda Civic and CR-V lineup in one week’s time at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.


All-New Honda HR-V Prototype Unveiled Ahead of Paris Debut

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

2015 Honda HR-V Concept

We’ve heard whispers of a revived Honda HR-V compact crossover for a few months now. Today, Honda confirmed those rumors with an official preview of their new HR-V Prototype. In addition to offering pictures of the new SUV, the preview also tells us exactly when we’ll get the full reveal, as well as when we’ll see the revived HR-V on dealership floors.

2015 Honda HR-V Concept rear

Looking at the pictures, you can probably guess that this crossover will be Honda’s answer to the Nissan Juke’s European dominance. Slotted right below the Honda CR-V, the HR-V will be built on the same platform as the next-generation Honda Jazz, which is itself coming out later this year. That means it’ll also get the same Honda Magic Seats which can be folded forward to become completely flat, greatly amplifying rear boot space.

Speaking of space, Honda tells us that an expansive and high-quality interior will be one of the revived HR-V’s main selling points. The compact crossover will be a full 160mm longer than the Nissan Juke, making it one of the largest and most spacious models in its class. Honda also says that there will be a heavy emphasis on quality materials inside the cabin, but we don’t have any pictures of the HR-V Prototype’s interior to verify that claim against.

Honda hasn’t released any specific details on the new HR-V’s powertrain options, but we suspect that it will borrow heavily from the Civic and Jazz. Some sources suggest that Honda may offer additional, higher-performance engines not found in the Civic/Jazz, but we won’t hold our breath. Either way, our guess is that the base option will be a 1.5L petrol hybrid paired with a dual-clutch transmission. The European model will likely get a diesel version, but again we’ll have to wait until the official reveal to know for sure.

Honda tells us that we can expect to see the Honda HR-V Prototype at the 2014 Paris Motor Show next month and that the car will likely go on sale in the first half of 2015. Also, keep in mind that while they’re technically pitching this current iteration of the HR-V as a prototype, it’s probably quite close to the production model. Take off the fancy rims and black tinted glass and you’ve got yourself a road car.


New Honda Civic Type R Concept Looks Ready to Win

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 7th, 2014

For some reason, the new Honda Civic Type R Concept wasn’t one of the cars we were excited to see at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Perhaps it’s because we’d already seen an initial prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show … Perhaps it’s because we didn’t imagine Honda’s hot hatch outshining the likes of the new Toyota Aygo. Either way, we were wrong – the new Honda Civic Type R Concept is astonishingly alluring, both mechanically and aesthetically.

Honda Civic Type R concept

As you can see, the Civic Type R Concept features an extremely aggressive styling, but its purpose is more than just looking good. According to Honda, this new concept fully represents their racing spirit, and as such it has been developed from the ground up with performance in mind. Every single detail – the enormous grille, the prominent front and rear vents, the quad exhaust, the extra wide finders, the 20-inch wheels – serves the purpose of speed.

According to Honda, “When combined, these features deliver maximum cooling, greater grip and ultimately, optimum performance.” Honda’s eventual goal with their Civic Type R is to claim the fastest lap time at the Nürburgring race track for front-wheel drive vehicles. It’s a record currently held by the Seat Leon Cupra with a lap time of 7:58:44. That’s going to be a tough time to beat!

But, Honda’s performance-oriented hot hatch won’t just be a track car… In Honda’s own words, it’s NOT a high-performance road car; it’s a racing car for the road. They’re taking a different approach from most other automakers that take their normal road cars and try to beef them up into racing models. According to the Civic Type R’s chief stylist, Honda developed the Type R for the sort of customer who has a passion for driving and a love for sports cars.

Obviously, the Honda Civic Type R looks impressive, and we’re sure that it’s highly aerodynamic. But, what about the powertrain?

Well, we don’t know everything, but we do know that the engine itself will be a brand-new VTEC TURBO with Earth Dreams Technology. More specifically, it’ll be 2.0L with “class-leading output of at least 280PS”, which is roughly 276hp, the exact same output as the record-holding Leon Cupra. Not sure how that will be “class-leading” then ….

To be honest, the still images don’t do justice to the incredible aesthetic of the new Honda Civic Type R Concept. So, if you’d like to see more, just check out the video below:

We’re sure that we will see the Honda Civic Type R take to the track sometime between now and commercial production, but no specific details have been announced. However, we do know that the production Civic Type R will debut in Europe sometime during 2015. Whether it’ll be at the end of the year as a 2016MY or at the beginning of the year as a 2015MY remains to be seen. Until then, you’ll just have to do your best to keep your jaw attached to your face.


Honda Announces Two New Civics for 2014 WTCC & BTCC Seasons

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Now that the 2013 motor sport season has come to a close, automakers all over the world are setting their sights on the 2014 season. Honda is no different, and this week they unveiled two brand-new Civic race cars they intend to put to the track next year.

2014 Civic WTCC Racer (Hatchback)

2014 Civic WTCC Car

Unlike the Civic BTCC racer below, the only visual we have of the 2014 Civic WTCC racer is the digital rendering you see above. However, what a rendering it is; easily one of the most attractive cars we’ve seen in 2013. And just imagine that at one time it was nothing more than a plain old Civic five-door hatchback!

Compared to the FIA race car they used in the 2013 World Touring Car Championship, this one will get several updates. Some of them are aimed at complying with new regulations; others are simply aimed at improving performance.

Unfortunately, we don’t have an entire list of specific updates to refer you to. However, we do know that the incoming racer will get a more powerful engine, larger wheels, an extended rear spoiler and all-around improved aerodynamics.

2014 Civic BTCC Racer (Tourer)

2014 Honda BTCC car

This is Honda’s 2014 contribution to the British Touring Car Championship. As you can see, it is a Honda Civic Tourer-based race car with tons of performance upgrades. Interestingly enough, it’s will be the only wagon-based racer in next year’s BTCC. Traditionally wagons are heavier and less aerodynamic than their smaller, more compact counterparts. However, given Honda’s excellent performance in this and past year’s BTCCs, we’re sure that the longer roofline won’t have any impact in the car’s dominance on the track, and it will be interesting to know whether there is some aerodynamic benefit to this shape over a regular “saloon car” configuration.

Now, before you go raising that skeptical left eyebrow of yours, remember this: the Civic Touring is actually one of the most compact wagons out there. In fact, it’s only 9 inches longer than the Civic hatchbacks Honda used in 2013. The performance-tuned BTCC Tourer will actually weigh exactly the same, feature the same suspension, and have an identical wheelbase to the Civic hatchbacks of the 2013 season. They’ll even use the same drivers – Matt Neal and Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden.

Also keep in mind that there could be some changes to the final BTCC racer, as Honda hasn’t officially started testing it yet. That will begin in January 2014.

Even with the aerodynamic tuning so obviously featured in the BTCC Tourer, there’s no doubt that the wagon will present some unique challenges compared to a hatchback. But, that’s exactly what Honda wants — after four straight years of championship titles, they’ve decided they’re going to make 2014 a challenge.

All in all, Honda has demonstrated a phenomenal affinity for motorsports racing, and there’s no reason to think that these two new cars will be anything less than stellar. If Honda can successfully pull out championships with a wagon-based race car, all the more power to them. Either way, you’ll have to check back next March to see how well these two new Civics can finish.

And then there’s Honda’s return to F1 coming in 2015. Even more too look forward to from this Japanese car maker.


2015 Honda Civic Type-R Could Form the Foundation for a New Honda CR-Z

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Honda Civic Type R

We got our first peek at the next-generation 2015 Honda Civic Type-R at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and what a peek it was!  While we didn’t get to see much of the three-door hot hatch’s aesthetic, we did get to see it blazing around the Nürburgring circuit. In case you missed it, take a look at the I-don’t-want-to-admit-it-but-this-is-awesome video below:

Apparently, Honda asked WTCC racing legend Gabriele Tarquini to put their Type-R development model through the wringer on Germany’s most infamous track. As you can see (and hear), he clearly did his job well. You can hear every one of those 276 horses, can’t you?

Impressively enough, Tarquini was able to take the Civic Type-R for a lap in a less than 8 minutes, which is a better performance than the current lap record holder – the Renault Megane RS Trophy. By the time the Civic Type-R actually makes it to production, Honda wants their hot hatch to have the fastest lap time of any front-wheel drive car.

Now, this is all well and good and everything, but it’s actually not the most interesting development regarding Honda’s next-gen Civic Type-R. Nope, what’s even more exciting is that Honda has plans to use their new Civic Type-R as the foundation for the next generation Honda CR-Z coupe.

This is especially exciting for our U.S.-based readers because it’s very unlikely that the Honda Civic Type-R will ever make it to American shores, at least if past Type-R’s are any indication.  This is because the U.S. has been trained to see current and past Civics as more of an economical car than a performance car. Same thing for hatchbacks in general, actually; the U.S. doesn’t demonstrate the same obsession with hatchbacks (yet) that we’ve seen in international markets, particularly Europe. A sports coupe, on the other hand, would be universally appealing and virtually guaranteed to see production in the U.S.

Keep in mind, this is just a rumor right now.  Our primary source of information is an Australian auto blog (CarSales.com.au) which states that, “Indications from a source close to Honda point in that direction [of a CR-Z].”  Nonetheless, it seems likely .  Honda reports being extremely impressed by the performance of the jointly developed Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ (as have we all), and now they want a piece of the pie.  According to CarSales’ insider, “The raw driving experience, good power, sporty look, low price and sizable global sales figures sent a shock wave through Honda’s R&D section.”

It will certainly be interesting to see what Honda ends up doing with their new CR-Z Type-R, which is supposedly coming in 2015.  For one thing, the Civic Type-R hatchback will be an upmarket vehicle, while Honda needs to keep the CR-Z coupe below $40K to have a shot at competing with the Scion FR-S in the U.S. Unfortunately, we really don’t know anything more at this point, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more .  Until then, thanks for reading!


What Honda and Acura Brought to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, September 13th, 2013

We’ve covered Nissan and Infiniti, we’ve covered Toyota and Lexus, and today we’re going to keep moving right along into the third largest Japanese automaker, Honda and Acura.

Interestingly enough, Honda followed a similar pattern to Toyota in that they showcased two cars we already knew a lot about, but then gave us some juicy details about a car that’s coming-soon. The difference is that where Toyota deliberately did NOT confirm their new GT86 Hybrid, Honda deliberately DID confirm details about a new upcoming Civic, which we’ll talk more about below.

First, though, let’s start with the two primary Japanese cars being showcased by Honda/Acura.

Honda Civic Tourer

It’s a bit surprising to string these words together in a sentence, but Honda’s new Civic Tourer is actually very appealing. Maybe it’s just the context that the Japanese-made wagon was shown in at this particular motor show, but everything about it seems so well-refined. Adrian Killham, the Civic Tourer’s project leader, really hit the nail on the head when he said, “Recently launched cars have tended to follow a similar style. The Civic Tourer has a different balance and appeal.”

In other words, look at the Lexus LF-NX Concept. Look at the Infiniti Q30 Concept. Look at the Suzuki iV-4 Concept (which we’ll cover tomorrow). These are what the Civic Tourer was shown next to, and compared to the above, the Tourer just seems so… polished. Granted, the other cars listed here are concepts and not production models, but still, the point stands.

The Civic Tourer features a design that is seamless and sleek, muscular and subtle, and natural but not uncomfortable. In short, it’s a nice break from the over-aggressive styling that we’ve seen from a lot of new cars as of late. But, there’s more to the Honda Civic Tourer than just looks.

For starters, the Tourer has a metric ton of cargo space with 59 cubic feet available when the rear seats are folded down. Depending on where you are, you’ll have access to a Civic Tourer with either a 1.8L four-cylinder i-VTEC gas engine or a 1.6L i-DTEC Earth Dreams diesel engine.

Unfortunately, we still have no idea whether the new Honda Civic Tourer will ever be sold on U.S. shores.  But, we shouldn’t have to wait long to find out. It’ll be sold in Europe early next year, so if the wagon is going to be sold In the U.S., we should know by the end of 2013.

Acura NSX Q&A

We weren’t actually expecting to learn anything new about the upcoming Acura NSX hybrid, but Honda surprised us. While we’ve seen the same NSX that was shown at Frankfurt several times before, this time around Honda/Acura put together a brief Q&A with the new NSX’s Chief Engineer, Ted Klaus. You’re free to watch the video below for the full scoop, but here are a few of the most important questions answered:

“What was your favorite Type R model and why?”

This isn’t directly relevant, but it’s interesting because Klaus says his favorite Type R ever was the ’98 – ’01 version. Why? According to him, it “peeled” exceptionally well, as in “peeling the onion,” not, “peeling out”. In other words, it was a car with multiple layers and attributes that could only be fully appreciated through time spent behind the wheel. The more you drove it, the more you liked it. He says that’s one of the biggest things he’s looking to achieve with the new NSX.

“Why create a hybrid NSX?”

Klaus says the new NSX is intended to fully embody the original idea behind NSX, which apparently stands for New Sports Experimental. So, it’s going to be a hybrid because that’s the technology that Honda feels it would benefit most from experimenting with. Perhaps because their competitors are doing the same?
But, there are other factors besides sheer “newness” at play in the NSX hybrid. Ted says that a hybrid powertrain allows for a lower center of gravity, more intelligent design, and an overall higher response for the driver.

“How will you keep the character of the original NSX?”

Apparently, Klaus and his team actually sat down with the original development team to discuss what the first creators thought were the most important elements of the original car. Those elements were vivid response, a good power to weight ratio, and a human-focused driving experience.

These are just three of the five or six questions Klaus answered in the video, so you can learn more by watching the whole thing below:

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R testing

Finally, we have the first piece of actual news from Honda’s presence at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Honda has officially pledged that the 2015 Honda Civic Type R will become the fastest front-wheel drive car to lap the Nürburgring. The new Civic Type-R will beat the current record of 8 minutes and 7.97 seconds with a brand-new 276 bhp 2.0L direct injection engine with turbocharge. They’re also enlisting the help of championship-winning driver Gabriele Tarquini, a man who certainly knows what it takes to compete on Germany’s most infamous circuit.

Of course, Honda still has two more years until they’ve promised us the Civic Type R, so even though the lap record could change between now and then, Tarquini has plenty of time to help them push their new engine to its limits.

We weren’t expecting much from Honda and Acura at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show; they certainly didn’t generate much fanfare ahead of time. But, the Civic Touring was pleasantly impressive, the new information about the NSX was greatly appreciated, and we’re more excited than ever to see the Civic Type R whenever Honda feels ready to share it with us.

Thanks for reading, and come back tomorrow for our bits and pieces wrap up of any Japanese cars you might’ve missed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.


Honda Civic WTCC Ready to Race in the FIA World Touring Car Championship

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, March 16th, 2013

We’d said earlier this week that there were several cars from the Geneva Motor Show that we didn’t get a chance to talk about. Since they weren’t the newest or most popular, we decided that our readers would appreciate our focus on the most newsworthy concepts and show cars.

However, now that Geneva is over there’s a lull in the automotive industry. Frankly, not a whole lot is going on. But, the 2013 World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) is right around the corner with the first race in Italy on March 23 and 24.

Honda Civic WTCC 2013

So, today we thought we’d jump back briefly to talk about one of the more exciting, but less popular vehicles at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show – the Honda WTCC.

Honda’s been talking about entering the FIA’s WTCC for about a year now… They made the first announcement in February of last year, hoping to make it into the first race of the 2012 Championship. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and the Civic WTCC didn’t get onto a track until the last 3 races of the 2012 season. But, the 2013 season is fresh upon us and we’re excited to see how the newly updated and tweaked Civic WTCC performs.

So, what tweaks did Honda make to the Civic WTCC in the off-season?

Well, after some final testing this month in Spain, the revamped hot hatch is now more aerodynamic than ever, complete with a more resilient suspension and sharper breaking. In addition, both the engine and the turbocharge configuration have seen several tweaks to improve their performance. The current 1.6L 4-cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine (required configuration for the WTCC) is more efficient and more powerful than ever.

Honda’s JAS Motorsport team will feature two drivers who will pilot the Civic WTCC through all 24 races of this year’s season. The first is 2009 WTCC champion, Gabriele Tarquini. The second is a Portuguese driver by the name of Tiago Monteiro who claimed the Civic WTCC’s first podium finish in November of last year. Both drivers should be able to do justice for the tweaked out super-Civic.

There will also be a private Hungarian team – Zengo Motorsport – piloting Honda’s WTCC Civic. Their chosen driver will be Norbert Michelisz. The fact that a private team actively wants to drive the Civic WTCC after just a quarter season last year is a testament to the car’s performance. In just 3 races, the car dropped jaws.

Stay tuned here for updates after the first WTCC race – the Race of Italy – later this month. Whether from Honda’s JAS Motorsport team or from Zengo Motorsport, you can bet you’ll be seeing the Civic WTCC on the podium this year, maybe even next weekend.

Source: Autoblog