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Euro-Spec Honda HR-V Prototype Shown at Paris Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, October 4th, 2014

2014 Honda HR-V Prototype

Today we have another new Japanese car from the 2014 Paris Motor Show. It’s the Honda HR-V Prototype, shown here in fiery metallic red. So far this event has been defined by small SUVs, and this B-segment crossover is a fitting follow up for yesterday’s C-segment C-HR Concept.

We have a well put together video of Honda’s new HR-V Prototype to kick things off:

You may remember last month when Honda first previewed the new HR-V. They gave us a cursory overview of what to expect, but very few specific details. With the Paris debut they’ve given us a lot more to expect when the SUV goes on sale next summer.

A quick disclaimer for our US readers – Honda dropped a couple images of a US-spec HR-V earlier this year at the New York Auto Show, but made no mention of that car here in Paris. Take the specs you find here with a grain of salt since things could change when the car makes it to NA shores.

Now back to today’s HR-V Prototype…

2015 Honda HR-V Paris Debut

The SUV nomenclature that Honda uses throughout the press release is a little bit misleading, as it’s actually built on the same chassis as the Honda Fit. So, whether it’s an SUV, hatchback or something in between is up for debate. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though; Honda tells us that they wanted to pair the sportiness of a coupe with the interior space of an SUV, which sounds like a fantastic combination to us.

2015 Honda HR-V Prototype

Since we’d already seen the Honda HR-V in pictures, the biggest thing we learned about Honda’s new SUV pertains to the powertrain. Honda tells us there will be two options in the European market – a 1.6L i-DTEC diesel engine and a 1.5L i-VTEC petrol, both from their Earth Dreams series. Even though they didn’t say more than that, there are a few inferences we can make about these two powertrains…

It’s safe to assume that the HR-V will get the same 1.5L i-VTEC that’s in the 2015 Honda Fit, which means you can expect 130hp and probably about 35mpg. The 1.6L i-DTEC that’s in the 2014 CR-V offers only 118bhp, but makes up for it with 55 mpg in the crossover, and an astonishing 78.5 mpg in the Civic hatch. Both engines are paired with a lightweight six-speed manual transmission, although the petrol can be had with a semi-automatic CVT.

2015 Honda HR-V Prototype rear

With the HR-V’s premiere, Honda tells us that the secret behind the expansive cabin space is the SUV’s central fuel tank location. In addition, Honda Magic Seats will help you get more out of the space by allowing you to fully customize your seating through a wide range of configurations. As you’d expect, the second row seats can be folded down completely flat for extra cargo space.

All in all, the Honda HR-V may not be the most progressive, shocking car you’ll see at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. However, it’s a realistic representation of what you’ll see when the car goes on sale next summer, and with that in mind it looks pretty darn good.

Honda NSX Prototype to Race at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 21st, 2014

Honda NSX Prototype

Every year, a plethora of high-performance cars gather at a certain British event known as the Goodwood Festival of speed. This year, the Festival is set to take place at the end of June (from the 27th to the 29th), and it’s a particularly special year for Japanese automaker and motorsports veteran, Honda. After several years of merely displaying their newest NSX Prototype at various motor shows and auto expos, this year they’re putting the pedal to the metal and racing the car at the aforementioned Festival of Speed.

For those of you who don’t know, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, known in the UK as simply the Festival of Speed or FoS for short, is performance car show and hillclimbing event. In motorsports, a hill climb is exactly that – an uphill course that driver’s race to complete in the fastest possible time. The Goodwood FoS features an intensive and world-famous 1.16 mile hillclimb that demands the best from its drivers and cars alike.

But, the FoS is more than just a race – it’s a commemoration of “legendary drivers, teams and manufacturers from around the world.” With a long history of motorsports success, obviously it’s a great event for Honda to participate in. This year, in addition to the racing NSX Prototype, Honda will also feature a “1989 3.0L NSX, once driven by Ayrton Senna himself, and a 2005 3.2L, illustrating the original model’s rich history and development.”

As for the NSX Prototype that will be making the climb, Honda has not revealed much new information that we didn’t already have. In a press release, they described how the supercar will get “an all-new, three-motor high-performance hybrid system that combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V6 engine and it’s all-new dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels, and two motors driving the front wheels.”

These motors will use standard regenerative braking technology to maintain their power, complete with premium lithium-ion batteries. As the press release mentioned, it will get a new dual clutch transmission with “more than six gears”. We’re betting on a seven-speeder, but it could be more than that.

In short, it’s a high-tech supercar that will aim to compete with the best of the best when it officially launches in full production-spec in 2015. It’s rumored to displace either 3.5L or 3.7L, something powerful enough to compete with the likes of the BMW i8 or Porsche 911.

All in all, we can’t wait to see the inevitable videos of the Honda NSX Prototype making the intensive climb up the Goodwood FoS course. We’re sure it will be a pleasing experience in every way – both visually and audibly – so be sure to stay tuned in a couple months when the event actually takes place. Until then, thanks for reading and stay tuned tomorrow for even more Japanese car news!