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.
It may not be immediately apparent, but the Honda Open Air Vehicle Concept is actually a Ridgeline-based study that looks like an oversized buggy. Honda doesn’t intend to put it into production, but it does want us to picture ourselves ripping across sand dunes in one of these, and we’re more than happy to oblige because it’s actually a pretty awesome idea.
2018 Honda Civic Type R TCR
The Honda Civic Type R TCR is a purpose-built racing car for the TCR formula. It is based on the FK7/8 Civic Type R and is built by JAS Motorsport. The car, with all of its 340-horsepower, won the inaugural TCR title in the Pirelli World Challenge this year with driver Ryan Eversley and team RealTime Racing.
Touring car racing has seen many sets of regulations come and go, some more successful than others. We all remember the glorious Group A touring cars such as the BMW M3 (E30) Sport Evolution, the Mercedes-Benz 190E AMG Evo II or the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32. Then there was the Super Touring formula which took the world by storm and became a truly global phenomena spawning regional series all across the globe, including North America where the North-American Touring Car Championship was held for two seasons.
Now, there’s a new platform that’s at the peak of its popularity. It’s called TCR, and it was conceived by Marcello Lotti, head of World Sporting Consulting, as a cost-effective option to the TC1 cars that were used in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
2018 Honda Civic Deep Orange 9
Graduate students at Clemson University have completed building one of the coolest Honda Civics you’ll ever see. It still looks like the current Civic, but a lot of what lies under the surface has changed, none more important than the car’s powertrain. No longer is this Civic running solely on a traditional gas engine. It still has one in the form of a 2.0-liter, supercharged, four-cylinder engine, but it also features an electric motor that helps bring the car’s total output to 600 horsepower.
2017 Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept
The rumor mills we’re churning, anticipation was building, everything was falling into place. Word of Honda’s plan to build a “baby NSX” reached fever pitch when patent images, spy photos, and teasers found their way to the surface. Would it be possible for Honda to actually double-dip on the NSX nomenclature and introduce two versions of it? Well, we finally have our answer and it’s a “no.” What we do get instead is the Honda Vision Gran Turismo, a no less exciting concept that we can all enjoy… in the world of Gran Turismo Sport.
I honestly don’t know if I’m going to be thrilled or disappointed at this development. I suppose it’s a mixed bag of both, though like everyone else, I was genuinely over the moon at the thought of seeing a baby NSX hit the real world. Not only would it provide us with a new option to get our NSX fix, but as the supposed “baby” of the two, it would, in theory at least, be the far more affordable version than the current NSX that starts at $156,000. As awesome as it is, the NSX’s price tag has priced a lot of people out of buying one so the excitement surrounding a smaller and more affordable version was tantalizing. The good news is that the version that we did get - the Vision Gran Turismo - is a lot cheaper than what a baby NSX would’ve been priced. It comes free as part of Gran Turismo Sport so at worst, you’re only spending for a PlayStation 4 console and a copy of the game. That’s what, $400? Still, it would’ve been much better if all that teasing led to a baby NSX. That’s not the case this time, but there’s still hope for the future, right, Honda?
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2017 Honda Sports EV Concept
When Honda debuted the Urban EV Concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, I was quick to scrutinize the brand for building something so weird, but as I looked at it more, it began to grow on me. And, it’s a good thing it did because that thing is slated for production for the European market sometime in 2019. And, to really top it off, Honda showed up to the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show with a sports car that looks quite familiar – the Honda Sports EV Concept. Following suit with the previous concept, it carries the same general styling cues in a futuristic but feasible package. Of course, it’s a sports car, so it doesn’t have that love seat up front, but it is quite sporty for what it is, and it could just as easily shift into production thanks to being built upon the same platform used for the last concept.
Unlike the last concept, however, we have next to no information. And, Honda didn’t even take the time to release interior shots of the concept either. We can tell that it has that massive display screen and that it’s missing the couch, but outside of that, we can’t see much. But, that doesn’t mean that this little battery-powered sports car should be overlooked. Out of all the EV sports car concepts we’ve seen, this is the one we really want to see become a reality, so let’s take a good look and see what’s crackalackin.
2017 Honda Urban EV Concept
Honda has finally found its way again – the new Civic and new Accord look amazing and serve their purpose well, and the new Civic Type R is even coming to the U.S. for the first time. Needless to say, Honda is on a roll. Now, with auto show season kicking off, Honda decided to show up to the first big auto show with the Honda Urban EV Concept, a car that showcases Honda’s pride in its history and provides a glimpse at what we can expect from Honda in the future as it begins to transition deeper into the EV market. Basically a modern interpretation of the first-gen Civic (1972 – 1979), it features circular, LED headlights, an illuminated “H” up front, all the looks of the first-gen Civic, and an electric drivetrain that includes a high-density lightweight battery pack. It’s also nearly four inches shorter than the Honda Jazz, so there’s that.
With that in mind, it should be noted that Honda hasn’t released too much information on the concept or the production model that should see the light of day in Europe of 2019. But, if you look at the exterior look, we can say with near certainty that the production model will sport a similar look. The interior will likely find itself toned down a bit, but hey, we’re talking about an affordable vehicle here, so you can’t always have your cake and eat it too. Be that as it may, let’s take a good look at Honda’s newest concept and talk more about it.
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2017 Honda CR-V Hybrid Prototype
As the SUV and crossover body style continues to grip European markets with a surge in popularity, automakers are rushing to fill any and all gaps left in their tall-bodied lineup. Honda is no different, and without a green alternative in its compact crossover offerings, competitors like Kia and Toyota are scooping up sales left right. Basically, it boils down to missed opportunities for the H badge, but now, that’s about to change as Honda previews its upcoming hybrid CR-V. It’s called the CR-V Hybrid Prototype, and quite frankly, that “Prototype” in the name is probably completely unnecessary – this thing looks almost totally production ready. Not only is this the first time Honda has brought hybrid tech to a European-market SUV, but it’s also rumored the model could come stateside some time in the future. Either way, expect sharper styling, a 2.0-liter gas engine, and two electric motors.
The prototype will get its big public reveal later this month at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, following in the footsteps of an earlier, China-bound hybrid CR-V revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. So then – what does the prototype bring to the table, and what can we expect when the finalized production variant makes its appearance? Read on for all the details.
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2017 Honda Civic SI
The Honda Civic has always been a go-to for tuners everywhere, but more recently, the Civic hasn’t exactly been praised for its looks or design. All of that changed with the introduction of the 10th-generation model, and now we’ll be blessed not only with a new, track-ready Civic Type R, but a Civic Si in coupe and sedan form as well. Slated to launch in 2017 as a 2018 model, the Civic Si was unveiled to the world in a near-production-ready form at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, which means it gives us a very good idea of what to expect when the road-going model officially debuts. As a production model, the new Civic Si will spot a 1.5-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-banger that utilizes dual variable valve timing and mates to a six-speed manual transmission. Performance figures are unknown at this point, but Honda says the standard engine is both “high-performance and high-torque” Furthermore, it will come with active damper and steering systems, limited-slip differential, and 19-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. A factory performance aero kit that has front and rear splitters will help tie together the package that is the Civic Si.
The best part about the new Civic Si is that it maintains its own unique design compared to the standard road-going Civics and the Type R hatchback that broke the internet when it debuted. When it came to an Si model, we all kind of expected to see a lot of Type R styling in a coupe or sedan body form, but Honda did things right and gave the Si its own identity. If you like good performance and awesome looks without having to go hatchback, the Civic Si Coupe or Sedan will definitely be for you.
With that said, let’s talk about the upcoming model and what we can predict about it based on the prototype that Honda brought to the Los Angeles Auto Show.
2016 Honda Civic Type R Concept
When you go to an event like the Paris Auto Show, you expect some crazy exotic or some new luxury car to steal the spotlight, but at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, it was a Honda that was in the limelight. Specifically, it was this Honda Civic Type R Concept, which serves as a preview of the upcoming production model. This concept is all about looks, but it’s widely believed that there’s an uprated 2.0-liter, turbocharged, VTEC hidden away under the hood – the same engine that will eventually make it into the road-going Type R. And, that engine could produce upward of 350 horsepower.
It’s hard to believe that a concept car from Honda is getting such a following, but Honda has finally tapped back into the hot hatch market in a big way with the new Civic Hatchback. Mainly because the new Civic Hatch is built on a global platform, which means we’ll finally get it, and the Type R all of us tuners have been dying to have, here in the U.S. With the aggressive styling seen on this concept from the gnarly front bumper all the way back to that meticulously designed spoiler, this concept proves that Honda is finally listening to its fan base again.
So, with that said, let’s dive on into the best Civic we’ve seen from Honda in a long time and go over the details that make this Type R concept one of the coolest cars to roll into the Paris Auto Show.
Updated 11/21/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the Type R made a brief appearance next to the Civic SI.
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2016 Honda Ridgeline TJIN Edition
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a popular truck at this year’s SEMA show. Fox Marketing, MAD Industries, and even Honda all brought customized Ridgelines to the show. Yet another marketing brand has done the same, TJIN Edition. It’s called the Pennzoil Honda Ridgeline and it features a slew of upgraded parts and accessories made to showcase different brands under the TJIN Edition umbrella.
The upgrades range from mild to wild, including such stuff as new suspension system, new wheels and tires, an LED light bar, and a customized interior with new upholstery and stereo system. Even the paint is unique to this show truck. The Ridgeline also includes a matching Honda TRX250X ATV in the bed and a mountain bike mounted on a rack.
There is plenty to see, so keep reading for the full run-down.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline with Honda Genuine Accessories
There are several modified Ridgelines at the 2016 SEMA show, but only one is decked out with Honda Genuine Accessories. Appropriately named, this Ridgeline showcases many of the automaker’s dealer add-on parts. This gives potential Ridgeline customers an idea about what Honda offers through its U.S. dealership network. Best of all, these parts are likely covered by the Ridgeline’s factory warranty and are financeable if the parts are added at the time of purchase.
The truck isn’t as wild as some of the other Ridgeline concepts at SEMA, including the one from MAD Industries and Fox Marketing. Nevertheless, the truck still shows what’s possible through Honda.
Aside from the parts, the Ridgeline is completely stock. Everything from is unibody platform to its 3.5-liter V-6 – everything is factory-fresh. That’s not a bad thing though, as the all-new Ridgeline offers plenty of goodies, like its In-Bed Audio system, Dual-Action tailgate, fold-up second row bench, crossover-like dash, and an available AWD system.
Despite it not having a traditional ladder frame, the Ridgeline can carry 1,584 pounds in the bed and tow a 5,000-pound trailer. AWD models are also surprisingly agile off-road, in spite of the road-biased tires.
Anyway, let’s dive into what Honda Genuine Accessories has brought to the 2016 SEMA show.
2016 Honda Civic Coupe By MAD Industries
If you read our review of the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe you probably know where we stand when it comes to Japan’s new two-door. Powerful enough to give the Toyota 86 a run for its money and stylish enough to go head-to-head against the BMW 2 Series, the new Civic Coupe delivers great bang for the buck and solid performance next to excellent fuel economy. But, we also think there is room for improvement, especially for drivers looking for a more aggressive design and a lot more power. This is where tuning shops such as MAD Industries come in.
Known for modifying everything American from Mustangs to large trucks and SUVs, MAD Industries has also created upgrades for several Honda and Acura models in recent years. At the 2016 SEMA Show, the shop will unveil yet another Honda-based package, this time around for the new Civic Coupe. The project is more about the looks and the interior than added horsepower — at least based on the lack of drivetrain information — but it’s a solid package if you’re looking to enhance your bone-stock Civic.
Developed to "showcases the versatility and fun factor behind the all-new Civic Coupe," the package is solid proof that no matter how sporty a standard model is, there’s always room for more aggressive exterior bits and a flashy interior.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline By MAD Industries
Honda has plenty to be proud about the all-new, second-generation Ridgeline, but the aftermarket scene is always ready to improve things. That is what’s happening here with MAD Industries’ Ridgeline it build for the 2016 SEMA show. It comes decked out in a street-ready attitude that includes big wheels, low profile tires, a murdered-out color scheme, and a sport bike in the bed.
Under the changes, the Ridgeline is completely new for 2017, marking the second generation for Honda’s unibody pickup. The new Ridgeline is based on the current Pilot SUV, but comes with a multi-functional cargo bed. The Ridgeline might not be the truck hard-core truck folks buy, but it works great for average consumers looking for greater capability than a crossover or SUV can give.
The Ridgeline comes with Honda’s 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission. FWD is standard, but AWD is optional. Also optional is Honda’s innovative In-Bed Audio system. It uses the plastic bed walls as speakers for pumping out music for tailgating. The bed also sports Honda’s two-way tailgate. It can operate like a conventional pickup tailgate, or deploy sideways as a swinging door.
While all those Honda bits are cool, this particular Ridgeline is decked out with plenty of aftermarket goodies. Let’s have a look to see what MAD Industries has done.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline by FOX Marketing
The 2016 SEMA show is the first for Honda’s second-generation Ridgeline and aftermarket companies are showing it plenty of attention. This iteration comes from Fox Marketing. It comes complete with a Honda FourTrax Foreman Rubicon ATV in the bed, too.
The Ridgeline might not be the quintessential definition of a pickup truck, but this unibody crossover-turned-pickup is anything but a lame duck. Offered with AWD and a peppy V-6 engine, the Ridgeline can haul 1,584 pounds in its multi-function cargo bed and AWD models can tow an impressive 5,000 pounds. That’s more than enough capability to haul this ATV up a mountain trail.
Every Ridgeline comes with Honda’s 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 with direct fuel injection. The engine generates 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
This particular Ridgeline is decked out with plenty of aftermarket goodies. Let’s have a look to see what Fox Marketing has done.
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2016 Honda "Sonic the Hedgehog" Civic
Comic-Con has kicked off for 2016 and, needless to say, things there are pretty wild. This year just happens to mark the 25th anniversary of Sega’s legendary blue hedgehog, Sonic, and the game that has always been a flagship for Sega. If you’re wondering why I’m talking about a video game character here on TopSpeed, your concern wouldn’t exactly be unwarranted as – outside of his relentless speed – he really has nothing to do with anything cars, right? Well, that isn’t exactly true, as Sega and Honda have teamed up to bring a special version of the Honda Civic to Comic-Con this year. And, believe it or not, it’s all about the fast-footed hedgehog we’ve all grown to love.
James Jenkins, Honda’s Public Relations Manager, said, “What better way to showcase the incredibly sporty performance capability of the 10th generation Civic than by pairing it with gaming industry’s ultimate athlete – Sonic the Hedgehog. As the fan favorite game and character celebrates his 25th anniversary on the scene, we hope that all Sonic fans – those who remember playing years ago and those who continue playing today – rejoice in his all-new ride, as much as we enjoyed creating it.”
The special-edition model is based on the 10th-generation, 2016 Honda Civic Touring Sedan and features a number of special design cues that pay tribute to Sonic himself. As such, the car comes standard with a number of features from Honda, like a fuel efficient engine, plenty of safety and driver assistant technology, and an infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among other things. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the Sonic Civic and what went into making the car that pays perfect tribute to Sega’s flagship character.
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2016 Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype
It’s been 11 years since a hatchback version of the Honda Civic terrorized the streets of America. The years have definitely piled up and for a while, it appeared that the Civic hatch would be left well out of reach of American customers. But just as it started feeling like the hot hatch would be one of our unicorns, Honda flipped the script an announced that the 10th-generation Civic hatchback will in fact head across the Atlantic. This brings is to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show where Honda finally pulled the covers off of the model. It’s described as a prototype, but we all know that this version is about as close to a production as any version of the new Civic hatchback is going to be.
For now, let’s refer to it by it’s official name: Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype. After all, Honda hasn’t made any concrete statements regarding the future of the car. The new Civic Hatchback Prototype comes with an array of upgrades over its predecessor. These upgrades help the hot hatch exudes a stronger, sharper, and more imposing presence as it prepares to venture in certain markets and regions it hasn’t been into for a little more than a decade now.
As good as the Civic hatchback has been for Honda in the past 11 years, it’s still considered a relative mystery by certain pockets of the American population, a lot of whom probably don’t remember what the last iteration looked and felt like. Well, the mystery is about to be answered as Honda showcases the 10th-generation Civic Hatchback Prototype in Geneva.
Moving forward, Honda expects the new hatchback to be available in Europe by 2017. Models headed to the U.S. should follow suit in a matter months after its European debut.
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