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.
The 2019 Honda Civic Is Safer and Better Looking
While the Type R may be a bit over the top with its styling, the lesser versions of the latest Honda Civic are definitely exceptional in their compact-car mission. Now, Honda has revealed the 2019 Civic with new styling features for the coupe and sedan. As an added bonus the Sport trim can now be had on the Civic Coupe.
Video of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX
In one corner we’ve got the 1991 - 2005 Acura NSX; in the other corner, we’ve got the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. What do these two cars have in common other than coming from the same place and sharing common roots? Well, not much. The NSX was rear-wheel drive and rocked out less than 300 horsepower while the new Type R delivers as much as 320 ponies to the front wheels. Oh, and don’t forget that the NSX doesn’t have the same engine configuration as the Civic. Nope, it’s mounted midship compared to the more common frontal location of the Civic’s beastly little four-cylinder. Both cars are legendary in their own right.
The Civic Type R is the first one to roll off the production line and straight into U.S. Market. It’s also the most powerful production Civic Type R ever made. The NSX is, well, it’s an NSX. It was unbelievably reliable (as all Honda’s typically are) it looked amazing, and despite it’s relatively lower power output, it had world-beating performance thanks to a lightweight chassis and crazy aerodynamics. It even had a manual steering rack folks. So, what did all of that compute to? Well, it could beat the hell out of Ferrari at the time for less than $80,000. Now, the question is, can it beat today’s Civic Type R? Well, Check out this video from Carwow to see just how they stack up head-to-head!
Do New Patent Images Reveal Forthcoming Honda NSX Type R?
Recently published patent images show that Honda has a new, simplified air dam design that increases strength and rigidity, while simultaneously improving air flow as well. The patents also show what appears to be the new air dam attached to a second-generation NSX, spurring rumors that the H Badge could be cooking up a go-faster Type R iteration of its hybrid supercar.
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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.
Between 2016 and 2020 the list of supercars will include the Ford GT, the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the Aston Man Valkyrie, and at least one new car from Ferrari. But what are sports cars fans with smaller wallets supposed to do? We have some great cars like the Miata and BMW is bringing a Z4 replacement soon, but so many great cars don’t exist anymore. Especially in the “affordable” range.
So we started talking in the office about what sports cars we want to see revived, and we settled on a pair of classic sports cars and one car that is officially dead, but not out of showrooms yet. The Porsche 944, Honda S2000, and the Dodge Viper are all in our dream garage of dead cars we want to return. Keep reading to find out why!
2018 Honda Civic Si Coupe
The Honda Civic has been around for the last 45 years, and boy has it been a rollercoaster ride. Some of the more recent generations are considered flops, while others are regarded as much more. For 2016, Honda introduced the tenth-generation Civic, a model designed around Honda’s new compact global platform, featuring a fastback design and some serious improvement to the interior over previous models. Best of all, the Civic Type R hatchback is finally coming to the U.S., but so is a new Si. The new Si comes with a turbocharged engine for the first time ever, displacing 1.5-liter and delivering 205 horsepower. It’s a few ponies short of what everyone hoped for, but not all is lost. It also gets its own styling cues to set it apart, not only from the standard Civic but, from the Type R as well, making it a well-rounded model even if it doesn’t balance well between the standard Civic and Range-topping Type R.
Long story short, the new Si is the torquiest Si ever made. It weighs a bit less and includes more upscale features like active shock absorbers. There’s even a limited-slip differential turning the front wheels. Unfortunately, Honda isn’t offering it with all-wheel drive, but it does get a short-throw, six-speed manual transmission to help even things out a bit. Some exclusive features inside will keep it fresh in your mind that you sprung for something better than the Civic EX-L or the Civic Touring. But, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves – the Civic Si is finally here in production form, so let’s take a closer look at it.
Is the New Civic Si a Tuner’s Dream or a Disappointing Miscarriage?
Honda has finally revealed details about the new Civic Si, just a week after its torque output was leaked via e-mail and I criticized Honda for making it a glorified grocery getter. Well, as it turns out the leaked information was accurate, as the new Si – in coupe and sedan form – delivers 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. That makes it the most powerful and the torquiest Si in Civic history, but doesn’t do much to fill the gap between the non-Si Civic in range-topping form and the wicked Type R. To put things into perspective, the ninth-generation Civic Si delivered 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet from a naturally aspirated, 2.4-liter, four-banger.
That accounts for an increase of four horsepower and 22 pound-feet from a much smaller engine, but there’s more to it than that. Honda hasn’t gone into specifics as to its official curb weight as of yet but has said that it’s “significantly lighter” than its predecessor. This is also the first Civic Si to come from the factory with a turbocharger in tow, which means that maximum horsepower and torque is available much lower in the powerband. It’s also sporting an adaptive power steering system, short-throw six-speed tranny, sport-tuned suspension with active dampers, a limited-slip differential and 18-inch wheels as standard equipment.
Jeff Conrad, the Senior VP of American Honda’s automobile division, said, "The 2017 Honda Civic Si is our first turbocharged Si and sets a new sporty compact benchmark in terms of agility and precise handling while building toward the launch of the Type R as the final chapter in our epic 10th-generation Civic story."
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Momentum Grows On The Return Of Honda’s Popular Sports Car
The Mazda MX-5 Miata may dominate the small sports car market today, but there was a point in the last decade when it faced a legitimate challenger in the form of the Honda S2000. That model ran for 10 years (1999 to 2009), encompassing two different generations before the global auto crisis of 2008 forced Honda to scrap plans for a third-generation model. As the years have passed, rumors have swirled that Honda was considering bringing back the S2000, even going as far as to file patent images of a mid-engine Honda sports car and introducing a sports car concept wearing similar design nods to the said patent images.
All of that has led to a new report coming out of Holiday Auto, which not only confirmed the return of the S2000, but also went so far as to say that the returning sports car would be slotted between the entry-level Honda S660 (another sports car that’s rumored to be in development) and the automaker’s performance crown jewel, the NSX.
According to the Japanese magazine, the returning S2000 is going to receive a whopper of an engine in the form of a newly developed turbocharged unit that can produce more than 320 horsepower while mated to an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The whole technical setup will also reportedly include an electrically driven supercharger that can cut fuel consumption compared to a conventional biturbo engine while also removing any sort of turbo lag that’s normally attributed to turbochargers.
How Honda plans to tackle every other part of the returning S2000 is still unclear, but a timetable for a 2018 launch has apparently been set as Honda looks to celebrate its 70th anniversary (also happening next year) with a ferocious bang. A price point of around $50,000 has also been mentioned, making it significantly more expensive than the MX-5. That’s probably a sign that Honda’s leaving that specific battle to the S660, as it places the S2000 in a more premium position to possibly take on the likes of entry level European sports cars like the BMW M2 and Audi TT.
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2017 Honda NSX-GT
The second-generation Acura NSX (Honda NSX outside the U.S.) made its global debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and entered production much later, in May 2016. Even though the actual road car was launched for the 2017 model year, it was preceded by a concept car in 2014 and was advertised as early as 2012. In 2014, the first NSX hit the track in Japan, in the form of a GT500-spec racer for the Super GT series.
Essentially a beefed-up version of the road car with a comprehensive aero kit to help with downforce and cornering, the Honda NSX-GT replaced the HSV-010 GT, which in turn replaced the first-generation NSX. Honda’s new race car scored its first win during its maiden season, but ended 2014 with only two victories in a championship dominated by Nismo. A similar scenario followed in 2015, with Autobacs Racing Team Aguri and Team Kunimitsu bringing Honda two wins. Nismo once again won the championship with the Nissan GT-R.
In 2016, things took a turn for the worse, with the Honda NSX-GT failing to win during the six events of the season. With two races left on the calendar by the end of the year, Honda has already unveiled a new car for the 2017 season. Although based on the same NSX, the revised race car brings significant changes on the outside, mainly due to the new regulations introduced for 2017. Join me in my review to find out what sets the new NSX-GT apart from its forerunner.
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2016 Honda Civic Coupe GRC Competitive Race Car
Honda is using the 2016 SEMA Show to introduce its new race car for the Red Bull Global Rallycross. Developed by Olsbergs MSE, a Swedish racing team that also designs race cars, the new GRC-spec Civic Coupe will replace the car that ran against Volkswagen, Ford, and Subaru in the 2016 season, placing third in the manufacturers’ championship. The designing team also received input from Honda Performance Development (HPD), the brand’s racing division, which has created many successful race cars over the last few years.
Honda is a pretty new entry in the Red Bull Global Rallycross, itself a recently established sport, having been launched in 2011. The Japanese brand joined the competition last year, also with a race car based on the Civic Coupe. The compact raced against GRC-spec versions of the Ford Fiesta ST, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Volkswagen Beetle, and Hyundai Veloster. Honda and Olsbergs MSE finished the season third and are hoping to do better in 2017.
Not much is known about the new race car at the of this writing, but Honda did release a batch of photos and just enough info for a short review. We should find out more at the 2016 SEMA Show in November so make sure you stick around for updates.
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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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Short Film Of Ayrton Senna’s Relationship With The Honda NSX Is A Touch Of Nostalgia: Video
Certain race car drivers are irrevocably linked to a specific automaker. We know about Michael Schumacher’s relationship with Ferrari and we also know about the close ties between the late, great Ayrton Senna and Honda. Much like the Schumi-Ferrari relationship, Senna and Honda shared a bond that went well beyond the race track, so much so that Senna actually played a big hand the development of the original Honda NSX supercar. The three-time F1 world champion even reportedly owned three NSXs when he was alive, one of which has since been auctioned and another appearing in a U.K. dealership.
I bring all of this up because of filmmaker Robert Alblas. He may not be a household name, but Alblas is good at what he does and proof of that comes in the form of this short film he created, artistically capturing the relationship between Ayrton Senna and the first-generation Honda NSX.
Captured through the lens is that imbibed a “walk-down-memory-lane” feel to it, complete with a dusty garage setting that served as a nice backdrop for the iconic NSX. In between shots of the NSX’s unmistakable design, Alblas spliced it with sepia-toned footages of Senna’s accomplishments in Formula One, creating a unique interplay between the car and the driver that it’s most associated with.
From there, the NSX is taken out of the garage and driven on a country road, complete with aggressive shots of it blasting through straights and attacking corners. All the while, images of Senna’s F1 adventures continue to be spliced into the action. Those who are unfamiliar with the relationship between the Senna and the NSX will surely find this short film riveting from start to finish.
You would think that for an automaker that comes from Japan, its home market would get first dibs on any of the cars it builds. But that’s not the case with the Honda NSX. Apparently, the Japanese market isn’t getting the NSX until 2017, much later than other countries like the U.S. and Australia. Even more curious, the NSX will come with a base price of ¥23.7 million in Japan, or the equivalent of $235,000 based on current exchange rates. That amount is not only 50 percent higher than the supercar’s base price in the U.S. of $156,000, but it’s also a lot more expensive than the Nissan GT-R Nismo in Japan. For the record, the GT-R Nismo is priced at ¥18.7 million in Japan, or around $186,340.
It sounds ridiculous that a Japanese supercar costs more in its manufacturer’s homeland compared to international markets, but if you pull the curtains behind the development of the NSX, a number of revealing informations will tell you that it’s not as it might seen. First, the NSX, despite “technically” being a Japanese supercar, is actually being produced in the U.S., specifically at the automaker’s new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. That puts it in the “imported car” category, which traditionally carries a higher tax rate than local or regional cars. Then there’s the issue of Japan’s other tax rates, not the least of which includes an eight percent gas-guzzler tax that adds to the rising price tag of the supercar. Throw all of these charges together with the NSX’s base price in Japan and you get to that rather exorbitant figure.
In any event, Japanese customers aren’t obliged to buy the NSX if they feel that it’s not worth the price of owning one. Those who don’t mind paying a premium for the car now have a chance to get a hold of one as NSX Performance Dealers in Japan are now accepting applications for the supercar. Only 100 units will be made available in the first year with deliveries expected to begin on February 27, 2017, or May 2017 in the case of models that come with iron brake rotors.
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Honda Files Patent For Name That Could Be Used In A Smaller NSX
The triumphant return of the Honda NSX jolted some life back to the automaker’s sports car offerings. Now there are talks of another sports car entering the fray, and if this rumored model is as legitimate as some people have claimed it to be, the automaker’s recent filing of the letters “ZSX” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office is as good a sign as any that another sports coupe could be on its way.
The Japanese company filed the trademark on July 26, essentially reserving it for use on any type of vehicle, motorcycles and watercrafts, included. There is a possibility, slim as it may be, that the ZSX name could be used for a very different purpose. A new bike, perhaps? But the resemblance to the NSX name is what’s causing a lot of people to start connecting the dots. Is the rumored "baby NSX" going to be called the ZSX?
Honda has been mum on that issue, but according to Automoto, the company is scheduled to pull the covers off of a new concept at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. This will eventually spawn into the much talked-about entry-level version of the NSX. The source, a Honda engineer from Japan, also claims that the model will initially be available as a coupe, but will be quickly followed by a version with a removable roof. It is also said to feature a hybrid engine, much like the NSX, made up of two electric motors and the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s currently being used in the Honda Civic Type R.
This isn’t the first time that news of a mini NSX sports car has surfaced. There’s already been talks within Honda of building an S2000 successor in the vein of the current NSX and just last month, NSX project boss Ted Klaus made the most significant declaration, telling Autocar that the NSX is being treated more as a platform than an actual model and that its platform is being prepared to give rise to a number of different versions, including a non-hybrid, a lightweight model, an all-electric versions, and a convertible model.
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Honda Has Big Plans For The NSX
The Honda NSX isn’t just going to be a single model as many apparently thought it would be. Instead, Honda is treating it as an actual platform and the groundwork is already being laid for different variants to be launched following the production of the hybrid version.
NSX project boss Ted Klaus made the surprising declaration to Autocar, saying that the NSX platform could give rise to a bevy of different versions, including a non-hybrid, a lightweight model, an all-electric versions, and a convertible model. One of these variants, Klaus adds, will also sport Honda’s Type R badge, which could make it the most powerful of all the variants, more powerful even than the 573-horsepower hybrid model.
It’s no secret that Honda has a lot tied into the success of the NSX. The Japanese automaker has made significant investments on the car, including launching the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, a new production facility where the NSX hybrid is currently being built.
No timetable has been set for any of these models but apparently, the ongoing production for the hybrid version of the NSX is already giving Honda ideas of what it can do to springboard the platform’s development and put it in a position where it can give birth to a host of new variants. One of the most interesting variants is the proposed Type R model, which would ideally be the most performance-focused version of the platform by virtue of it carrying Honda’s esteemed performance badge. Developing an NSX Type R would entail a few significant modifications from the current model, including the requirement to make it lighter and have it use a gasoline-powered engine.
In addition to an NSX Type R variant, a lightweight version and an all-electric model are also likely candidates to be born out of the NSX platform. Honda has already made some strides in developing such models, most notably when it entered a lightweight NSX and an all-electric version compete at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Obviously, Honda still has a lot to work on before any of these models come to fruition. But simply knowing that a platform expansion is on the table speaks to how important the NSX is in re-establishing Honda’s stature in the performance car segment.
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