The Honda S2000 20th Anniversary Edition Makes Us Yearn for the Roadster’s Return
The Honda S2000 hasn’t been in production since 2009, but that’s not stopping Honda from celebrating the roadster’s 20th anniversary at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon in January. As part of the celebration, Honda is showcasing the S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype, a modern-day interpretation of the second-generation S2000 AP2, which was discontinued exactly a decade ago. Honda currently has no plans to revive the S2000, so the 20th Anniversary Prototype is most likely a special effects package that will be offered to existing owners of the S2000 AP2. The package includes a body kit, though there are reports that an upgraded suspension will also be included. Engine upgrades, however, are unlikely to be part of the package.
There’s Nothing Better Than Watching This Honda Z600 Rip Up an Indoor Go-Cart Track
Go-karting is super fun with those tiny, low-slung, low-power karts ripping the specifically-designed tracks. But what happens when you bring around a mainstream hatchback and drive it there? Just think about it. It sounds so much fun. Obviously, you’ll need precision and impeccable driving skills to actually have fun; or else it could get really frustrating when you have to reverse your car on a sharp turn. Well, here’s a video uploaded by LeMans Karting where you can see a 1972 Honda Z600 being ripped around an indoor go-kart track. Guess it’s time to move on from those big, bulky builds from SEMA and enjoy this cargasmic video in the shrunken reality.
New Honda Jazz Will Pack a Two-Motor Hybrid Setup
After the Honda e, it’s time for another car to make our hearts melt, this time at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, where Honda unveiled the new Jazz (aka Fit in the United States). The supermini marks its fourth generation, one that brings a handful of changes inside and out. Bear with us to find out what’s what.
Is This Skyroom Concept the Future of Honda Automobiles?
Honda is finally dipping its toes into the honey jar with its first-ever electric car, but if the company’s top-level decision-makers share the same vision with Behance’s Dahye Jeong about what the future holds, then the Japanese wouldn’t ignore the self-driving trend.
Back in 2018, Honda joined forces with General Motors in the endeavor of building an autonomous vehicle. At that time, CNBC reported that the Japanese carmaker is taking a stake in GM’s subsidiary Cruise Holdings, with the full investment rising to $2.8. The car would be one for wide use, with the American carmaker handling the assembly process at one of its plants. There’s not much to be heard on the topic ever since, but this Honda Skyroom concept might hint at what’s in store.
If you’re someone that likes the little all-electric Honda e, then I probably have two bits of information that aren’t going to make you very happy. The first one, you’ve probably already heard – the Honda e isn’t coming to the North American market despite the fact that it would be rather affordable for an EV with a starting price of $37,000. Even if it comes in the future, there’s another bit of bad news: Honda has absolutely zero interesting in doing a hotter Type R version of its first electric hatchback. So, what gives?
The All-electric 2020 Honda e City Car Has Been Driven, but How Does it Hold Up?
The most logical place for an electric vehicle to be used is the city where commutes are quite short and involve a lot of stop and go traffic. That’s why Honda’s first mass-market electric vehicle, called Honda e, is aimed at city driving. But since city cars nowadays have evolved into posh accessories on wheels, it not only needs to perform but needs to look good while doing it.
This is very close to the final production form of the Honda e, and it was recently driven by Robert Llewellyn from the Fully Charged Show YouTube channel. He’s usually quite excited about pretty much anything that is powered by electricity, but in the case of the Honda e, he seems even more thrilled. But why is that?
James May Just Did the Best Video Review of the Honda Civic Type R That We’ve Ever Seen
Honda may not be building too many exciting cars at the moment but when the Japanese do get up and slap a ’Type R’ badge onto something, we stop and listen. This is the case with the latest Civic Type R, introduced in 2017, that puts out 306 horsepower, features a social media-friendly body kit, and is a monstrously fast FWD hatchback. Don’t believe me? Maybe you will believe if James May says it.
The FK8 Civic Type R based on the tenth-generation Civic is by far the most insane-looking Civic Type R of the lot and a lot of people out there have been harsh with the car for that very reason. Many say it’s more show than go while you may hear others joking that it was designed so that it will put tuning companies out of business. But this isn’t a car that can only bark and not bite as records on a number of world-renown race tracks will attest. But, for us, the reason why we like this Civic Type R so much is that we can, finally, taste it for ourselves as it’s the first Civic to be sold in the U.S. Let’s hope this is the start of a tradition and not just a one-off opportunity.
2020 Honda Talon 1000X-4 and 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve
Why go for a two-seater when you can have a four-seater and more space to invite (more of) your friends on that dune bashing weekend you’ve been planning for weeks? That’s the exact question Honda must have asked before kicking off R&D for its new Talon 1000X-4 and 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve which come to take the four-seater UTV niche by storm.
Honda Passport, Ridgeline Taste The Adventure Fruit at Overland West
Honda didn’t come empty-handed at Overland Expo West. In fact, the Japanese carmaker’s stand featured not one, but two lifestyle adventure concepts based on two of its most popular cars in the U.S. - the Honda Passport SUV and the Ridgeline pickup truck. Both the Passport and the Ridgeline are pretty good at taking you well outside the asphalt in their factory setup, but Honda also has an answer for those who are permanently scouting for rougher challenges. So let’s see what each of the two concepts has in store for the thrill seeker.
Video: Check Out This Honda Integra DC2 Type R Screaming Up a Hillclimb
There’s something special about a tuned Honda going flat out on a race course. The sound of the four-cylinder’s soaring rpm’s is enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, and when properly sorted, the speed these machines can achieve is undeniable. Such is the case with the lightened ‘Teggy Type R featured in this 3-minute, 15-second video from Hillclimb Monsters.
2021 Honda Jazz
Honda is testing an all-new Jazz subcompact hatchback, also known as the Fit in some markets. It’s the fourth generation for the nameplate and it looks like it will retain the wedge-nosed one-box design of its predecessors, albeit with a slightly sportier design twist.
The camouflaged prototype spotted by our spies reveals quite a lot about the car, which is slated for a reveal no earlier than 2020, since the refreshed version of the current model only came out last year. Aside from the completely new and slightly more rakish-looking body, changes will be made to its powerplant lineup and interior. The hybrid version may share its powertrain with the new Insight.
Update 04/4/2019: The 2021 Honda Jazz was caught out in the wild again and, while it hasn’t dropped a lot of camo, we can make out a few subtle differences. Check out what we know in the Spy Shots section below!
The Next-Gen Honda Civic Type-R Will Most Likely Be a Hybrid-Powered Performance Beast
Honda has not been doing well in the European market and has made some big plans to boost its sales. By 2025, the Japanese giant will electrify all of its models in Europe. And, this is where the Civic Type-R comes into the picture. Based on the comments made by a senior Honda executive at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the next-gen Honda Civic Type-R will be electrified alongside a drastic change in design direction from the sharp and angular image of recent generations. Will the Civic Type-R’s performance remain the same even then?
Awesome Honda e Prototype Is The Cutest Thing At The 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Revealed in front of a massive black screen, the strikingly white Honda e Prototype was one of the cutest highlights at the this year’s Geneva Motor show. It is still a concept, just like it was two years ago in Geneva, but in this case, the e Prototype is far closer to production. It feels much more real in its efforts to combine modernity of the electric vehicles and emotionally charged retro styling directly linked with early Honda cars. The small electric city dweller with 124 miles of range takes the aim to shoot for the B segment of the European car hierarchy. That will make it a direct competitor to cars such as the Peugeot 208, or the Renault Clio, both of which have been refreshed and unveiled at this year’s show, by the way.
Honda e Prototype is 95 percent production-ready
Honda’s 2017 Urban EV concept has evolved into a fully fledged production car - it’s not exactly the same as the design study, with its two extra doors and more conservative proportions, but it’s still going to be a rather unique proposition: a rear-wheel drive all-electric city car with retro-inspired styling.
Honda Reportedly Closing Down Swindon, UK plant by 2022
Honda established its Swindon, UK plant back in 1985 and it functioned pretty well until the late 2000s credit crunch when the manufacturer closed about half of it. Before the financial crisis that really made its presence felt in 2008, Honda was making the Civic, CR-V, and Jazz in Swindon, but after the restructuring job, it only kept Civic production going at the site - now it looks like it plans on closing the facility for good, in 2021 or 2022.
2020 VW Jetta GLI vs 2019 Honda Civic Si Sedan
Volkswagen has finally given its Jetta sedan for North America the power, exclusivity, and extra sporting edge that some enthusiasts felt were missing from the package. The new 2020 Jetta GLI has addressed all those concerns and is now a model with enough brawn and sophistication to go head to head with all the sporty sedans in its size and price brackets. If you’re into fast driving, then you will be happy to note the new Jetta GLI gets the exact same engine as the (Golf) GTI, a standard limited-slip differential, and a snappy six-speed stick shift.
One of the new Jetta GLI’s main rivals is the2019 Honda Civic Si sedan, a very hard contender indeed. The Civic Si has a smaller displacement engine than the Jetta GLI, and has less power, but it is also quite a light car, one renowned for its excellent handling and road manners. It also looks somewhat sportier than the Jetta too, especially if you see its trunk lid-mounted wing, the center exhaust, and the aggressive overall design and stance.
If this were purely a visual comparison to discover which car looked more aggressive, that distinction would automatically go to the Civic Si. But it’s not all about the visuals, especially since the Jetta is more powerful than the Civic and it also has a more sophisticated independent rear suspension that VW doesn’t offer on any other Jetta model.
What is the Cheapest Honda?
The cheapest Honda is the Fit. In the U.S., the Honda Fit starts at $16,190. If we are to also consider the Old Continent here, then the cheapest Honda is the Jazz, which is nothing else than the Fit’s twin aimed at the European market. In Germany, the Honda Jazz starts at €17,290.
What is the Sportiest Honda?
The sportiest Honda is the NSX, also known as the Acura NSX. Honda’s range spearhead uses three electric motors and an ICE (internal combustion engine) to crank out 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. Besides the spiced up powertrain, the NSX has large front and rear stabilizer bars and a performance-oriented chassis that’s benefited from Honda’s racing know-how. The internal combustion engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 mounted behind the seats. If we are to ignore the NSX, then the sportiest Honda is the Civic Type R.
What is the Most Popular Honda?
The most popular Honda is the CR-V, if we are to look at sales figures. The SUV reached 379,013 customers in 2018, after in 2017 Honda pushed no less than 377,895 CR-V units. The only two models that shyly come closer to that performance are the Civic (325,760 units sold in 2018 and 377,286 units sold in 2017) and the Accord (291,071 units sold in 2018 and 322,655 units sold in 2017).
What is the Most Expensive Honda?
The most expensive Honda in the US of A is the Civic Type R. It starts at $36,300 and relies on a four-cylinder engine displacing 2 liters and pushing 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm, with a redline positioned at 7,000 rpm. The Civic Type R is also the most expensive Honda available in Europe. In Germany, for example, the Type R starts at €37,590 and is followed closely by the €32,790 CR-V Hybrid.
What is the Fastest Honda?
The fastest Honda, if we are to ignore the NSX and the brand’s motorcycles, is the Civic Type R. The souped-up hot hatch can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 169 mph. It can also clear the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at 108 mph. Now, for the sake of the argument, the Honda NSX dispatches the 0-60 mph interval in three seconds and can reach a top speed of 191 mph.
Are Honda Cars Reliable?
Honda cars are very reliable. Most of that is due to the excellent quality control the carmaker employs, but they’re designed with reliability in mind in the first place. In 2013, Honda was ranked first for engine reliability by WarrantyDirect - with a failure rate of just 1 in 344. That’s around 0.29 percent. In 2015, Honda made it to the top of overall reliability lists compiled by WarrantyDirect and What Car? thanks to an index of 41. Moreover, ReliabilityIndex places Honda in second place (after Daihatsu) with an index of 42.