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Mopar, AMG , SVT, and TRD – all names synonymous with factory performance with balanced characteristics and an intact vehicle warranty. Yet with these great names in manufacturer-approved performance parts, one automaker was suspiciously absent from the scene despite having a huge aftermarket following: Honda .

That’s about to change with Honda’s new Honda Performance Development, or HPD division. Roll out will be quite slow, however, as the division builds a name for itself within the Honda brand. HPD’s first project is the slow-selling Honda CR-Z hybrid .

Owners of manual-transmission CR-Zs can now have Honda install a 200,000 rpm Rotrex centrifugal traction-drive supercharger mated to a Griffiths air-to-air intercooler. A respectable 57-horsepower increase is expected, bringing total horsepower to 187 ponies, while fuel consumption remains at 42 mpg. Other modifications to the CR-Z includes a performance exhaust, suspension upgrades, a wheel and tire package, and a big brake kit. Not bad for a hybrid.

Philip LaPointe, manager of HPD Street Performance, told Automotive News in an interview that, “We’re sticking our first toe in the water. We didn’t want to start with too high volume. We need to know who’s going to build the parts and distribute them. We need to get our dealers and logistics up to speed."

LaPointe continued saying the performance parts for other Honda models would go on sale over the next few years. Buys will likely be waiting till the all-new 2016 Civic rolls out before a full-on HPD kit would be available from the dealer showroom, however. “The dream scenario is to have performance parts available at [new-product] launch,” he said.

Although the factory warranty would remain, HPD-outfitted cars would likely see their warranties reduced by years and mileage. The traditional five-year/60,000-mile warranty would fall to three-years/30,000 miles. Reason being that Honda’s durability testing for new cars doesn’t include the extra strains of “spirited driving” and “high-speed loading” typically seen on modified, performance-oriented versions of its vehicles.

Click past the jump for more on the Honda CR-Z by HPD

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Acura NSX

The Acura NSX is widely regarded as one of the finest handling and fun-to-drive sports cars of the bygone era. Acura is the last brand that comes to mind when it comes to mid-engine, purpose-built sports cars, but that’s what it did back in the 90s, and it took the world by surprise.

Until then, Acura, and its parent Honda, were attributed to affordable, reliable and economical modes of transportation for the masses. Then, they rolled out the NSX with a mid-mounted, V-6 and close to 300 horsepower. Now, the car maker plans to launch a replacement for the legendary NSX and promises not to disappoint.

The production of the NSX ceased back in 2005, and it left a long legacy behind. Building on the legacy of legendary sports car is no easy feat. And that’s exactly what Honda and Acura engineers are faced with when it comes to the new NSX.

Little has come out in the public as far as the development of the 2016 NSX is concerned. That said, those at the helm of the project have their sights set firmly on some of the biggest names in the business. Ferrari , Porsche , Nissan and Audi already have cars that are competing with each other on the global scene, and Acura is shooting to offer all the qualities of a Ferrari 458 at a highly competitive price tag.

Ted Klaus, the person in charge of the development Acura NSX, was talking to Autocar recently, and he said “The NSX has never been about a set of figures on a piece of paper,” he said. “As with the original, the eventual power figure won’t grab headlines, for instance, but the qualities that you can’t write down, such as driver involvement and pleasure, are the ones that will matter."

"As engineers, we like numbers, but I’m acutely aware that if we build this car against a set of criteria that has been written down, we will lose our sense of focus.”

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Acura NSX

Source: Autocar UK

The 2013 SEMA Auto Show is just around the corner, which means that a lot of autophiles in the country are gearing up for their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, over on the other side of the world, Japan is also preparing for its own auto show , and one manufacturer that’s already booked its ticket is Honda . At the event, the local automaker will present a new convertible concept that it hopes will translate into a production open-top sports-type-mini-vehicle.

The concept, called the S660, looks pretty similar to the EV-STER Concept that Honda introduced back in 2011 at the same event. The only difference is that the S660 will come with a traditional, albeit extremely small, 660 cc, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that is slated to produce 64 horsepower while being linked to a seven-speed CVT transmission.

It’s highly unlikely that the S660 will capture the imagination of speed freaks, but in fairness to Honda, whatever power the little sports coupe lacks, it sure as heck makes up for with a design that looks ready for production.

Too bad the car is anticipated to be a Japan-exclusive model, although a bigger version, possibly one that will come with an equally paltry 100-horsepower, 1.0-liter engine, could be available down the line for foreign markets.

Sure it’s no replacement for the axed S2000 , but a cool concept nonetheless.

Click past the jump to read about the Honda EV-STER Concept and to see more detail on the upcoming S660 concept.

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Honda unveiled the CR-Z in 2010 and for the 2013 model year , it revised its resident sport hybrid with a new front bumper design and a revised grille. The biggest changes however, took place under the hood, where the 1.5-liter, gasoline engine was tweaked to deliver an extra seven horsepower and the electric motor an extra six horsepower.

For the 2014 model year, the CR-Z remains unchanged, except a slightly changed price figure. We were really hoping for a few more tweaks to the powertrain, but at least Honda kept the CR-Z as the only hybrid model with a manual transmission option.

Customers can choose between two different versions: the base CR-Z priced from $19,9952 and the EX trim with a starting price of $21,840. Both models are offered with a manual transmission as standard, but buyers can opt for a CVT. Additionally, buyers can opt for a navigation package in the EX package that increases the price to $23,990.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Honda CR-Z.

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The Accord , next to Civic , has the longest history in Honda ’s lineup. Unveiled for the first time in 1976, the model is currently in its ninth generation and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. The model evolved with every passing year, and has become one of the premier midsized sedans in the U.S., but its long-time competitor, the Toyota Camry , still gives it a good run for its money.

The 2014 Accord brings no major updates from the 2013 model, with the only improvement being the addition of premium fabric for the seats on the LX sedan. The rest remains identical to what we saw in the 2013 model year, including the exterior colors and engine lineup.

For the 2014 model year the Accord comes in six trim levels — LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, EX-L V-6 and Touring — with prices ranging from $21,955 to $32,400.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Honda Accord.

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Honda Civic Type R

The current Honda CR-Z was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit North American International Auto Show, and experts have greeted it with lukewarm approval. New rumors suggest that with the next-generation CR-Z, Honda plans to base it on the 2015 Civic Type R , which recently lapped Nurburgring in less than eight minutes.

This move could transform the CR-Z into a real competitor for models like the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ , just as Honda always wanted. According to a Honda insider, the next CR-Z will deliver "driving experience, good power, sporty look, low price and sizable global sales figures."

The model will be built on a a shorter version of the new Type R platform and will feature a design similar to the current CR-Z. Under the hood, it will likely get a a turbocharged 1.5-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an updated version of the current CR-Z’s hybrid system. This system could help it deliver somewhere in the 221-horsepower area.

Rumors suggest that the new CR-Z will arrive on the market one year after the new-generation Civic, so expect it sometime in 2016.

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

Source: Car Sales
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Honda S3000 coming in 2011

The first rumors on a possible Honda roadster started back in 2010. Now that the S2000 has been laid to rest for quite a while, Honda is ready to move on to something else. According to reports, the Japanese automaker is seriously considering offering a new open-top sports car to take on the new Toyota GT 86 and the perennial leader in the class, the Mazda MX-5 .

A report from GT Channel claims that the new compact roadster will be "small, quick and light" and will come in at an affordable price. GT Channel also claims that the new roadster, which is internally known as the "S1500," is already on the drawing boards in Honda’s Tokyo headquarters.

The reports head into speculation from there, but there is one other tidbit that comes from a "source" in Honda, and that is the claim that this new roadster has a goal price of under $20,000..

We’ll leave this whole report at this... We have heard numerous claims that an S2000 successor is in the works, and we really want to believe them. However, we have to take any reports like this with a grain of salt because none have panned out yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda S2000.

Source: GT Channel
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The 2014 model year will be the final year for the current-generation Ridgeline , Honda will put it to rest and focus on developing the next-generation Ridgeline that is set to arrive in 2016.

As expected, Honda decided to make this final run of Ridgelines special, and it did so by adding a new, top-of-the-line Special Edition model. This new version will hit showrooms in November, while the rest of the lineup is already on sale.

Honda unveiled the current Ridgeline in 2006, and the only updates it received arrived in 2009 when Honda added a few extra features and in 2011 when Honda added the Ridgeline Sport version.

For the 2014 model year, the Ridgeline will come in five trim levels: RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and Special Edition, with prices starting from $29,575 and going up to $37,505 for the new Special Edition model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Honda Ridgeline.

The reborn Acura NSX has deservedly gotten a lot of attention. Acura and Honda definitely hit one out of the ballpark with the sports car so much so that the latter wasted little time tweaking the sportster, giving it a full-on racing treatment.

Thus, the Honda NSX Concept-GT race car was born and it looks every bit as awesome as the soon-to-be-in-production supercar.

The NSX Concept-GT has been penciled in to compete in the GT500 class of the Super GT Series fifth round this weekend at Suzuka and ahead of its racing debut, the Japanese auto brand took the task to ensure that the racecar is ready to throw down once the race gets underway.

As you can see, the visage of the NSX is clearly visible in the racecar. What makes the Concept-GT different though is the plethora of racing components that have been added to it. Honda didn’t dive into the specifics but it looks like the racer has been fitted with an odd, if not menacing-looking carbon-fiber front spoiler lip, an enormous rear wing, side vents, and a set of multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in race-ready Bridgestone Potenza tires.

The racecar’s powertrain comes in the form of a 2.0-liter mid-mounted inline direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine working together with a hybrid setup and while no specific output was disclosed, we imagine it to be close to the 400 horsepower output we assume the road car is going to carry.

Click past the jump to read about the 2016 Acura NSX

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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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