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Mugen Unveils RC20GT Civic Type R Concept In Tokyo 12
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Concepts, Mugen, Tokyo Motor Show, tuning on 01 12th, 2018


Japanese tuner Mugen got to work on a Honda Civic Type R concept recently, showcasing their accomplishment during this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

While the regular Civic Type R doesn’t really need any extra work in order to stand out visually, Mugen saw fit to improve not only its aerodynamic performance, but its engine and cooling performance as well.

The prototype is said to be the “ultimate” Type R, taking everything we know and love about the hot hatchback and dialing up a bit.

So if you thought the Type R couldn’t possibly look more aggressive than it already does, the RC20GT concept is here to prove otherwise. The body kit is most evident when viewing the car from the front, where the entire fascia has been reworked (bumper, spoiler lip, hood). There’s also a set of custom side skirts and a new and quite massive rear bumper.

At the rear, we can’t help but notice that the triple exhaust setup was ditched in favor of a simple-looking solitary exhaust tip. However, such a car doesn’t really need to worry about any droning or buzzing on the highway, as the production Type R would – it’s how the automaker justified the three pipe layout, which quiets the car down at highway speeds.

As for the interior, it has a sort of Knight Rider feel to it, with loads of perforated surfaces and carbon fiber galore. There’s even a pair of bucket seats for the rear passengers, which is an interesting touch.

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And The Title Of UK’s Best Sports Car For 2017 Goes To… 30
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alfa Romeo Giulia, BMW M4, Caterham, Film, Honda Civic Type-R, McLaren 720S, Mercedes AMG GT, Mercedes E63 AMG, Porsche-911, UK, video on 12 30th, 2017


As 2017 bids us adieu, Autocar has gathered an eclectic team of the best sports cars this year had to offer in order to crown this year’s champion.

The best of the best list for those past 12 months includes cars like the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, Aston Martin DB11 V8, BMW M4 CS, Caterham Seven 420R Donington Edition, Honda Civic Type-R, McLaren 720S, Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon, Mercedes-AMG GT-R and Porsche 911 GT3.

Being the fastest around a track isn’t what this is all about, with the journos instead trying to find out which one does the best job at being a sports car both on the road and on a circuit.

Therefore, things like chassis balance, grip, power delivery, steering and damping quality are all taken into consideration before deciding which one performs the best as a driver’s car.

It will be certainly interesting to see how cars like the Honda Civic Type R and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio compare against the McLaren 720S and the latest Porsche 911 GT3, don’t you agree?

If the answer is ‘yes’, get yourself comfortable and prepare for 40 minutes of high-speed driving, along with the usual insights, on the video linked below.

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CR-V Custom Concept Leads Honda’s Lineup For The 2018 Tokyo Salon 24
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Acura NSX, featured, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Concepts, Honda CR-V, Honda Jade, Honda N-One, Honda Step WGN, Tokyo Auto Salon on 12 24th, 2017


In just a couple of weeks the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon will open its doors, and Honda has just revealed the vehicles that it will bring on the event.

Perhaps the most important of them will be the CR-V Custom Concept pictured above. Though Honda has only released the name and a sole image, our best guess is that we could be looking at a sportier version of the company’s compact crossover.

The CR-V won’t be the only concept on display, though – not by a long shot. It’ll be joined by the RS Custom Concept of the Jade minivan, while the Modulo X line will also be well represented by concept versions of the STEP WGN and S660 kei cars, and the Mugen division will show the Civic Type R-based RC 20 GT.

The new Jade RS production model will be showcased as well, alongside a Mugen-tuned Civic hatchback. Also on display will be the new NSX, Civic Type R, N-One RS, and Freed Modulo X, together with an array of racing models like the Dallara DW12 IndyCar, NSX GT3, Civic TCR, Super Formula single-seater, and Super GT-spec NSX GT – plus, of course, a number of Honda’s racing motorcycles.

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Study Reveals Ideal Car For British Motorists And It’s A Mess 21
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi R8, Bentley, BMW 6-Series, Honda Civic Type-R, Hyundai i30, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Urus, Renderings, Study, UK on 12 21st, 2017


If you could take any design cues you wanted from all your favorite cars and mash them together into something entirely new, what would that look like?

According to over 2,300 motorists who were polled on this issue, such a car would have the body of a Lamborghini Urus, Civic Type R alloys, an Alfa Romeo grille, Audi R8 doors, Gallardo spoiler, Hyundai i30 exhaust, BMW 6-Series lights and of course, a Bentley badge.

Which means that basically, it would be a very weird Bentley, one that also happens to be painted Electric blue, with a matte black roof and trim.

The survey was commissioned by webuyanycar.com, whose head of technical services, Richard Evans, still found something positive to say about the design.

“The final concept definitely still has a certain sporty edge though,” he stated, while adding that “we did expect two-seaters, convertibles and high-speed cars to prove more popular, so it was a surprise that larger shapes and more conventional features tended to top the poll.”

According to SWNS digital, the study also found that British motorists would gladly spend an additional £1,552 ($1,538) on average on upgrades, with a third of them loving the idea of having heated seats.

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Chris Harris Pits New Honda Civic Type R Against Its Acclaimed EP3 Ancestor 17
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chris Harris, Film, honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, Top Gear, video on 12 17th, 2017


The latest Honda Civic Type R is indeed one of the best hot hatches in the market right now, but how does it fare against its much praised EP3 ancestor?

Why the EP3, you might ask? Because that was Honda’s last hot hatch employing a proper independent suspension at the back, allowing the light chassis to be sophisticated enough for its naturally aspirated 200hp VTEC engine. The two generations of Type Rs that followed did a 180-degree turn on that matter as they employed a (cheaper) beam setup.

Moreover, Honda was considered to be the last frontier of naturally aspirated engines until the iconic Civic Type R turned to turbocharging – but that doesn’t mean that it’s lost its mojo.

In fact, and since Honda used a turbo engine in the previous model, we’ve witnessed the Type R rising again as one of the most hardcore hot hatches in the segment.

Does this mean though that the new Civic Type R is a more inspiring drive than its naturally aspirated ancestor? Chris Harris investigates in the video that follows.

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Wards Names Its Ten Best Engines Of 2018 15
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford, Ford F-150, Ford Mustang, honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Clarity, Infiniti, infiniti q50, Jaguar, Jaguar-XF, Kia, Kia Stinger, Toyota Camry on 12 15th, 2017


Wards Auto has released its annual list of the 10 Best Engines for 2018.

After spending two months testing 32 different powertrains, the company’s editors selected the winners. Surprisingly, the winners were primarily from mainstream brands and the publication notes not a single German automaker made the list.

Ford came away with two wins as editors loved the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 in the F-150 as well as the 5.0-liter V8 engine that resides in the Mustang GT. Other winners include the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the Honda Civic Type R and the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that powers the Infiniti Q50. Jaguar and Kia also appeared on the top 10 list for the first time thanks to the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the XF and the turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 in the Stinger.

Alternative powertrains had a strong showing as well as Wards honored the Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Honda Clarity, and Toyota Camry Hybrid. These models are a very diverse group as the cars have electric, plug-in hybrid, fuel-cell, and hybrid powertrains.

Performance models were largely absent from the list even though contenders included the Audi RS3 and S4. The sole diesel engine, the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder in the Chevrolet Equinox, also failed to make the cut.

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Kia Stinger Vs Civic Type R, Focus RS And Golf R Is An Odd Battle 2
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Ford, Ford Focus RS, Ford Videos, honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, reviews, video, VW, VW Golf R, VW Videos on 12 2nd, 2017


The guys from Drive set out to pick the best performance car under AUD $60,000 (USD $45,434), and they chose four distinct vehicles to do so.

What they brought were the Ford Focus RS Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R, three hot hatches that need no further introduction.

However, the Kia Stinger Si is the fourth addition, as it has a starting price that falls within the AUD $60k budget, 365 horsepower and 510 Newton-meters (376lb-ft) of torque from a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 petrol engine.

Granted, the Kia Stinger is not a direct rival to the rest of the group as it is larger and competes against four-door premium compact coupes such as the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe – plus it’s rear-wheel drive.

This alone might be enough to make enthusiasts favor it over the super hatchbacks, but can it challenge them as a performance machine? There’s only one way to find out: just check out the following video.

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How The New Honda Civic Type R Avoids Torque Steer 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, video on 11 16th, 2017


One could look at the 2018 Honda Civic Type R and immediately criticize it for having front-wheel drive, particularly since many of its rivals are all-wheel drive.

However, simply dismissing the Type R based on its front-wheel drive layout would be short-sighted. It still provides incredible driving thrills, performance and with the right driver behind the wheel, could keep up with rear-wheel drive supercars along a mountain road.

Perhaps one of the most remarkable things about the Type R’s front-wheel drive system is its complete lack of torque steer. That’s right, despite the front wheels handling 316 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque, steering and braking, the steering wheel won’t try to break your wrists under heavy acceleration, a trait notorious with many other powerful front-wheel drive vehicles.

In order to avoid torque steer, Honda engineers employed a number of novel solutions, as Engineering Explained reveals.

One of these factors involves a complete redesign of the Type R’s steering and suspension systems compared to a base Civic. By pushing the steering axis closer to the wheel’s centreline, Honda has been able to almost completely eliminate torque steer without scarifying ride comfort.

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Can MINI’s JCW Lure You Away From Honda’s New Civic Type R? 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Videos, reviews, video on 11 15th, 2017


The new-generation Honda Civic Type R has been already tested against its direct rivals, but how does it stand against the smaller MINI John Cooper Works?

The unusual comparison was compiled by the folks over at Driving, who were curious to see if the potent supermini, which happens to be a fraction more expensive than the Civic with the extras fitted on the test car, has what it takes to lure enthusiasts away from the Japanese hot hatch.

To find out, they didn’t take the two to a track or a drag strip, because the Honda Civic Type R would hold the higher ground, so instead they settled for driving them both on public roads. Needless to say, the sheer power of the Civic with its 316hp 2.0-liter turbo four conquered both reviewers, but they weren’t fans of that flashy exterior.

On the other end, though, they found that the MINI JCW with its 228hp 2.0-liter turbo to be a great little car, with a richer interior and a noisier exhaust compared to its larger contender, which drives good, is very responsive, and has a smooth automatic gearbox.

But was this enough to make them favor the supermini instead of the compact hot hatch? Find out what their verdict was in the video that follows.

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Can MINI’s JCW Lure You Away From Honda’s New Civic Type R? 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Hatch, MINI Videos, reviews, video on 11 15th, 2017


The new-generation Honda Civic Type R has been already tested against its direct rivals, but how does it stand against the smaller MINI John Cooper Works?

The unusual comparison was compiled by the folks over at Driving, who were curious to see if the potent supermini, which happens to be a fraction more expensive than the Civic with the extras fitted on the test car, has what it takes to lure enthusiasts away from the Japanese hot hatch.

To find out, they didn’t take the two to a track or a drag strip, because the Honda Civic Type R would hold the higher ground, so instead they settled for driving them both on public roads. Needless to say, the sheer power of the Civic with its 316hp 2.0-liter turbo four conquered both reviewers, but they weren’t fans of that flashy exterior.

On the other end, though, they found that the MINI JCW with its 228hp 2.0-liter turbo to be a great little car, with a richer interior and a noisier exhaust compared to its larger contender, which drives good, is very responsive, and has a smooth automatic gearbox.

But was this enough to make them favor the supermini instead of the compact hot hatch? Find out what their verdict was in the video that follows.

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2018 Honda Civic Type R Chases Down Porsches On The ‘Ring 12
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, Nurburgring, video on 11 12th, 2017


Even though the new Honda Civic Type R holds the front-wheel drive production car record at the Nurburgring, owners shouldn’t expect to match the car’s 7 min 43.8 sec lap just by jumping behind the wheel.

Nevertheless, French car magazine L’Argus recently took to the iconic German circuit and performed an extremely impressive lap, tackling the track’s most difficult sections with poise and control.

While we’ve yet to drive the new Type R, we’ve heard it is a significant improvement over the short-lived FK2-generation model, particularly because of its overhauled suspension system.

Thanks to the hot hatch’s balanced chassis and the absence of any torque steer, it looks right at home at ‘Green Hell’. In fact, the driver comfortably passes a Lotus Exige S, Porsche 911 GT3, 911 GT3 RS, and a handful of Renault Sport models.

Powering the new Civic Type R is a turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC engine with 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels exclusively through a slick six-speed manual transmission.

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Watch The New Honda Civic Type R Reach 176MPH Or 283KPH 8
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in honda, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Videos, video on 11 8th, 2017


The 2018 Honda Civic Type R has already broken some important barriers, and it continues to amaze.

Not only does it hold on to the Nurburgring lap record for the fastest front-wheel drive production car, but it also pushes out an amazing 295whp, on the dyno, which is suspiciously close to the 316hp (320PS) produced at the crank.

Officially, the new Honda Civic Type R takes just 5.7 seconds for the naught to 62mph (100km/h) sprint, and it maxes out 169mph (272km/h).  According to a video posted by L’argus, it shows the hatch going flat out to a top speed of 176mph (283km/h).

If you’re wondering about the discrepancy, beyond the fact that we cannot confirm the veracity of the clip or what conditions it was shot, most importantly, we all know that speedometers are never 100 percent accurate, which likely explains the difference.

Either way, Renault has some big shoes to fill as they plan to steal the ‘Ring lap record from the Civic Type R with their new Megane RS.

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2018 Honda Civic Type R Price Bumped To $34,100, No Entry Level 2
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, prices, USA on 11 2nd, 2017


If you were hoping for an entry-level Honda Civic Type R, you’d better keep dreaming as the company has just announced the 2018 model will cost $34,100.

Priced $200 higher than last year, the 2018 Civic Type R continues to be “available in one fully equipped trim.” Honda declined to mention any changes but the model features an aggressive exterior with LED headlights, a prominent rear wing, and a center-mounted triple exhaust system. The car also has 20-inch aluminum wheels which are backed up by Brembo brakes.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a leather wrapped steering wheel, two-tone sport seats, and an aluminum gear knob. Other highlights include a dual-zone automatic climate control system and a 7-Inch Display Audio system with GPS navigation as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 306 hp (228 kW) and 295 lb-ft (399 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a short-throw six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the front wheels via a limited slip differential.

Speaking of performance, the Civic Type R has an adaptive damper system and a dual-axis strut front suspension which has been designed to virtually eliminate torque steer. The car also has three different driving modes including comfort, sport, and +R settings.

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The Honda Civic Hatchback Has Changed A Bit In The Last 44 Years 2
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Si, Honda Civic Type-R on 11 2nd, 2017


What do the BMW 3 Series, Porsche 911, and Nissan GT-R all share in common? Well, they're all handle like a dream, and they've all undergone significant testing at the Nürburgring. But that's not what we're referring to.
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Honda Civic Type R Crate Engine Announced, Costs $6,520 30
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Ridgeline, SEMA show on 10 30th, 2017


The Honda Civic Type R is an impressive beast and the company has just announced its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine will be available as a crate motor.
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