Honda Civic

Honda Civic

  Launched in 2006, the Civic comes with a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. You also get a Hybrid version with a 1.3 i-VTEC engine and an Integrated Motor Assist. The Civic comes with both a manual and automatic gearbox but there is no diesel engine option. Its competitors are the Toyota Corolla Altis, Renault Fluence and the Chevrolet Cruze.

We know about real-life cars being cars being rendered into the virtual world, but Honda and Turn 10 Studios are going against the grain a little. Instead of the usual process, the two companies have teamed up to bring a virtual Honda Civic SI from Forza 5 into the real world.

The car will be developed as part of the Forza Motorsport Civic Si Design Contest, a competition Honda and Turn 10 Studios created to let designers attempt to design the best Civic SI. The competition was eventually won by Tiffany Labedz.

We don’t know who she is exactly, but still, congratulations on a job well done, madam!

As far as her design goes, Honda refused to release on the unique Civic SI, opting only to say that it beat out more than 170 other entries on its way to being chosen by the two companies. The special edition Civic SI is scheduled to be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show on February 7th as a one-off, which means that it could end up being one of the most sought after Honda Civics in recent history.

Also, FYI, the image above isn’t the competition-winning Civic SI designed by Labedz.

Click past the jump to read about the Honda Civic SI

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The Civic has been a mainstay in the small car category for the better part of 20 years. Its affordability and rock-solid reliability, combined with its racing culture and huge aftermarket parts availability, all make the Civic a respectable choice for fun transportation on a budget.

However, when Honda went about redesigning the Civic sedan for 2012, it apparently didn’t do its homework. The car was not well received which forced Honda to revamp it for 2013. The changing continues in 2014 with revisions yet again. The look steers the Civic toward a more masculine design and away from the low-budget, econo-box design of 2012.

The 2014 Civic Coupe gets updated as well, having missed the 2013 changes. Crisp, bold lines give the sheet metal a sportier, more athletic look. New wheel designs sharpen things even further. Inside, both Civic sedans and coupes receive an new instrument panel with plenty of chrome detailing. An impressive new seven-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system is new with LaneWatch blind spot monitoring.

Under the hood, the standard 1.8-liter I-4 is still present, however, it can now be mated with a CVT transmission. The six-speed manual is available in the base model, but the traditional automatic is gone. Si models get an upgraded 2.4-liter I-4 i-VTEC with four extra ponies and pound-feet of torque, bringing its output to 205 horsepower and 174 pound-feet, thanks to a retuned exhaust system. The 1.8-liter produces 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is improved as well with the CVT-equipped sedan getting an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. The HF trim gets even better at 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. Base model LX coupes get 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway with the manual transmission while the higher trimmed EX and EX-L fitted with the CVT are rated at 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

Click past the jump for more info on the 2014 Honda Civic

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After impressive success during the 2013 season, Honda prepares to return to the 2014 WTCC season with an updated Civic WTCC . The company offered the initial details and image of the car today, but full specifications will be announced closer to the racing season.

The 2013 Civic WTCC gets a revised aerodynamic package, with subtle styling change to the wheel arch extensions, larger diameter wheels, a sleeker aero package and an extended rear spoiler. Under its hood, the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine was also tricked to deliver a little bit more power.

Honda is currently preparing two cars that JAS Motorsport will enter in the competition with Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro behind the wheel, and a few additional units for private outfits Zengo Motorsport and Proteam Racing for Hungary’s Norbert Michelisz and Moroccan Mehdi Bennani, respectively.

Click past the jump to read more about World Touring Car Championship.

The European version of the new-generation Honda Civic made its debut last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. And today, just a few months after, our spy photographers have proof that Honda is preparing a a Type R version of the new Civic, as the caught a mule of the upcoming car near Honda’s technical center.

The first obvious differences are on the exterior. The mule features a big rear wing fitted over the rear window, bigger exhaust pipes and a deeper front spoiler that might indicate that this is just the first mule for the Civic Type R testing the chassis settings. The production version will also get a deep front spoiler, a new rear bumper with diffuser, wider and bigger wheels and sportier seats.

The next Civic Type R is said to be focused on track orientated customers. This means that Honda will focus on improving the chassis and the car’s handling, while the high-revving engine will probably deliver over 280 PS (276 horsepower).

Updated 09/11/2013: During its press conference at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda offered the first official details on the Civic Type R set to be put on sale in 2015. According to the first details, the future Civic Type R will be powered by a direct-injected, turbocharged 2-liter engine that will deliver "at least 280 PS." While the official launch date is still far away, Honda unveiled a first video featuring the next Type R in action on Nurburgring.

Updated 11/19/2013: Honda has revealed the 2015 Civic Type R testing on the Nurburgring ahead of its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show. You can see the images after the jump.

Updated 06/25/2014: Honda unveiled a very wild teaser video for the future Civic Type R. Of course the video reveals pretty much nothing on the car, but it surely make us dreaming about the next Type R.

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Honda Performance Development (HPD) — the racing arm of Honda — hit the 2013 SEMA Show with quite an impressive lineup of modified vehicles. Alongside the heavily updated CR-Z , HPD also revealed a very nice list of updates for the recently revised 2014 Honda Civic .

Although the model unveiled in SEMA is only in concept form, Honda announced that it offers a glimpse at potential future street performance accessories developed from HPD.

The new Civic Street Performance Concept comes equipped with HPD racing performance parts and features a rather loud body wrap. On the performance side of things, the concept adds HPD’s Big Brake kit, HPD performance springs, HPD 25.4 mm rear anti-roll bar and a K24Z7 racing engine. The model rides on a new set of HPD 18-inch wheels
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There is no information on just how much horsepower the racing engine pumps out, but we’re sure it is plenty more than the stock 140 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Coupe.

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Honda Civic Type R

We first caught the 2014 Honda Civic Type R around the middle of last year and it was still in mule-like clothing. This time around, our spy photographers managed to catch real deal — albeit in heavy camo — Civic Type R prototypes testing on public roads and around the Nurburgring .

On the public roads, our spy photographers caught Honda benchmarking the Type R against the likes of the Ford Focus RS and the Opel Astra OPC . The competition alone is a clear indication that Honda is preparing an important engine update when the Type R hits the market in 2014.

Rumors suggest and the competition points toward the Type R making use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine delivering somewhere in the 300-horsepower range — an increase of about 100 horsepower over the current generation.

Honda also announced it has big plans for the upcoming Type R, as it is shooting to break the record for front-wheel-drive cars on the Nürburgring. The current record of 8:7.97 is held by the Megane 265 Trophy.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Type R.

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The 2013 Honda Civic Tour will start in less than a month, and it looks like this year Honda fans will have one more reason to wait for it. Honda in cooperation with Maroon 5 will offer fans the chance to win a Honda Civic Si Coupe and Honda CBR250R motorcycle, both of them customized by Maroon 5.

The Civic Si by Maroon 5 is distinguished by a race-inspired exterior look and a body kit developed by Honda Factory Performance. The passenger door is signed by Maroon 5 members, Adam Levine and James Valentine, and the hood features a large "5" graphic. The Civic sits on special wheels designed by Honda Factory Performance and offered in a shade of red and black. The motorcycle also features custom graphics and wheels.

All you have to do to enter the contest is visiting Honda.us/M5Civic or Honda.us/M5Bike.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic SI.

It’s been just a little over a month since GRID 2 hit shelves and the racing game has turned out to be a rather enjoyable diversion from our everyday lives.

It still doesn’t hold up to Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports , but it’s the newest racing game out these days and as such, deserves our full attention. But if there’s one thing about the game that disappoints us, it’s the relative lack of some spicy aftermarket racecars ; a problem that Codemasters addressed with the release of a new DLC, called the Super Modified Pack.

As the name evidently suggests, the Super Modified Pack will feature four beastly racecars, including an 890-horsepower R32 Skyline GT-R , a 5ZIGEN Honda Civic Super Modified, and fully customized takes on the Subaru Impresa WRX STI and Mazda RX-7 .

That’s four belligerently powerful custom-tuned Japanese racecars that could be yours for $5.99 on Playstation 3 or 480 Microsoft Points (around $6) on the Xbox 360.

Sounds like a good deal to us.

Click past the jump to watch the other DLC pack that are offered on GRID 2

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The revised 2013 Honda Civic sedan lives up to the “Better” advertising hype. Then again, “Better” is not exactly a lofty goal or a proud boast from the top compact car in U.S. sales. Is chrome on the grille and trunk lid enough to banish the memories of last year’s poverty-spec Civic sedan ?

Despite being a total snooze to sports car enthusiasts, the Civic sedan packs the most diverse powerplant options of any passenger vehicle ever sold commercially, including: gasoline, hybrid and CNG

This little econobox is singlehandedly preparing for the diverse energy mix we all have in our futures. The Civic’s hybrid system finally matches Toyota’s third-gen Prius for sophistication and economy, while the CNG option is looking more enticing than ever thanks to America’s natural gas revolution pushing prices to record lows.

Additionally, Honda has taken a number of complaints about the 2012 Civic to heart, such as the unacceptable road noise and harshness, negative amounts of road style, and an interior full of unusual shapes jammed together like a losing Tetris game. Can the 2013 Honda Civic sedan pivot from mediocrity with blankets of NVH material, some LEDs and infotainment tech from the new Accord ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the Honda Civic Sedan.

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At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Honda unveiled a quite interesting Civic Tourer Concept and, of course, everyone was expecting a production version to follow shortly after. Today, after just one month since the concept made its world debut, the production version has been caught testing for the first time.

As no surprise, the production version will look a lot like the concept, but Honda decided to fully camouflage it in an attempt to hide some design elements taken from the Civic hatchback. Most of the design elements borrowed from the standard version, like the taillight shape and the low roofline, will stay like on the concept.

The new Civic Tourer will likely be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with sales to being in early 2014. The model will be produced at the Swindon plant in the UK alongside the Civic hatch. Honda is expecting the Tourer to make a total of 20% of the Civic sales.


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