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Entry-Level Civic, Leon And i30 Engage In Budget Hatchbacks’ Drag Race 14
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Film, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Hyundai, Hyundai i30, Hyundai Videos, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Videos, UK, video on 01 14th, 2018


Usually, when you hear about a drag race, you imagine powerful stock or tuned cars going against each other. Well, this one is different.

That’s because Carwow brought together the Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 and Seat Leon, though not the respective Type R, N or Cupra variants as one would expect, but their base versions. They might not be that exciting, but they are the ones that sell in high volumes, so it’s interesting to see how fast they really are and how they compare against each other.

The Civic has the smallest engine here, a 1.0-liter turbo, while both the i30 and the Leon have 1.4-liter turbos. The Leon is the most powerful, rated at 150 horses, followed by the i30 with 140 and the Civic with 130. The Honda also happens to be the heaviest car here, which, on paper, puts it at a disadvantage.

So, which of the three hatchbacks won this budget-friendly drag race? Scroll down and find out.

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2019 Honda Insight Prototype Detailed, Gets Over 50MPG 11
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda Insight, Honda Videos, video on 01 11th, 2018


The all-new 2019 Honda Insight will feature a highly efficient hybrid powertrain as well as more conventional looks, and this Detroit-bound prototype is here to serve up a preview.

We caught our first glimpse of the all-new Insight back in December when we also learned that a prototype version would debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Since then, we’ve known to expect a new car with fresh styling, premium features and improved performance.

Aside from the automaker’s signature “flying wing” grille, the front fascia also features low-profile LED headlights, which accentuate the car’s overall dynamic character and sloping roofline.

“The new 2019 Honda Insight signals we are entering a new era of electrification with a new generation of Honda products that offer customers the benefits of advanced powertrain technology without the traditional trade-offs in design, premium features or packaging,” stated Honda exec, Henio Arcangeli Jr. “The Honda Insight is anticipated to receive fuel economy ratings competitive with the best hybrids in the segment, with styling that will have universal appeal inside and out and best-in-class passenger volume.”

According to Honda, the 2019 Insight will offer class-leading passenger room, plus premium features such as perforated leather seats, an 8″ touchscreen display and a 7″ digital LCD driver’s meter. It will also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi-enabled over-the-air updates.

As far as active safety is concerned, the new Insight will watch over you using the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive features. This means that buyers will get Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow and Traffic Sign Recognition. Meanwhile, EX spec models and above will also get Honda LaneWatch.

The Japanese automaker expects the new Insight to receive an EPA fuel economy rating in excess of 50 mpg (4.7 l/100km). Doing all the work will be a two-motor hybrid system, using an efficient 1.5-liter petrol unit, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery back, the latter located under the rear seats, allowing for a full-size trunk and an available 60/40 split and folding rear seats.

Honda will build the 2019 Insight (in showrooms later this year) at their plant in Greensburg, Indiana, alongside the Civic and CR-V.

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Honda’s CES Debuts Include Everything From A Huggable Robot To An Autonomous ATV 9
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, CES, concepts, Electric Vehicles, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda Videos, Tech, video on 01 9th, 2018


Honda has unveiled an assortment of different concepts at the Consumer Electronics Show.

First up, the 3E-D18 is autonomous ATV which is described as an “off-road workhorse” which can “support people in a broad range of work activities.” The model is based on the company’s popular ATV chassis and it features an electric powertrain, four-wheel drive, and airless tires which Honda says are “virtually indestructible.”

The 3E-D18 has been designed to accommodate an assortment of different attachments which would make the model ideal for everything from construction to fire fighting and search and rescue operations. Honda also notes the autonomous technology makes the concept perfect for performing mundane tasks or operating in dangerous environments such as a forest fire.

The 3E-B18 goes in a different direction as it looks like a futuristic wheelchair. Honda says the concept was designed for casual use and notes the model has a small radius as well as a height-adjustable seat which stays level even when the vehicle is being driven up or downhill.

The 3E-C18, on the other hand, resembles a small robotic cooler. The concept is electronically powered and features autonomous technology. Honda says the model “can learn by observing how people act” and can carry small objects in its body.

Perhaps the weirdest concept is the 3E-A18 which is a companion robot that can understand and respond to human emotions with facial expressions. Honda says the concept could serve as a guide at airports or shopping malls and the company even gave the model a “soft exterior skin” so people can hug it.

Honda also used the show to introduce the PCX Electric and 4W-Vehicle concepts. The models use portable, swappable, and rechargeable batteries which each have an output of at least 1 kWh. The vehicles have been designed to accommodate multiple batteries and Honda says drivers can simply swap them out for fully recharged batteries when needed.

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Can The Acura NSX Hold Its Ground Against The CBR1000 RR? 9
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, Film, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, motorcycles, video on 01 9th, 2018


Ever since it was introduced in Detroit nearly three years ago, the Honda/Acura NSX has impressed motoring enthusiasts in various tests, but how does it fare against a CBR1000 RR sports bike?

Without spoiling the following video, we’ll answer that question in a couple of words: quite well, but before seeing the result, let’s go through some of the numbers.

The Honda NSX uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s backed up by three electric motors – two at the front, and one at the rear, producing a combined 581 horsepower that’s transferred to the ground via a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Its challenger, the Honda CBR1000 RR, has a 1.0-liter inline four-cylinder 16V DOHC engine that makes 190 horsepower, and has the weight advantage as well: 200kg (441lbs) compared to the NSX’s 1,780kg (3,924lbs).

Now, the as far the video goes, it actually shows two quarter-mile drag races, from a standing start, where the two vehicles came very close to each other, and a rolling race, from 80km/h (50mph), which had a clear winner.

Ladies and gentlemen, this would be a good time to place your bets.

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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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Fastest Tuned Hondas Civics In America Partake In 1/4 Mile Drag Race 12
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, tuning, video on 12 12th, 2017


If you’re going to get a bunch of really fast Honda Civics for a World’s Greatest Drag Race-style event, these eight cars seem as good a choice as any.

In total, we’re dealing with more than 4,000 HP between them, with some, like that red 1994 Civic Hatchback packing 1,100 HP, looking very hard to beat.

Another example, which is also turbocharged, has 790 HP. Meanwhile, a naturally-aspirated ’93 Civic brings yet another 430 HP to the table. There are plenty of cars that stand out here, but one in particular “smells” like the ultimate sleeper to us.

It’s a blue all-wheel drive 900 HP Civic, which actually has a better chance of getting off the line before any of the 1,000 HP+ cars do.

As you well know, putting your power down efficiently can be the difference between winning or losing when racing somebody in a straight line, especially over a relatively short distance such as the quarter mile.

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Watch Richard Hammond Smoke Aventador And NSX With The Rimac 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Drag-Racing, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Videos, Rimac, Rimac Videos, The Grand Tour, video on 12 11th, 2017


If you haven’t had a chance to watch the first episode of The Grand Tour’s second season, stop what you’re doing and check it out immediately.

If you have seen it, the video below showcases one of the most memorable segments from the trio’s Swiss road trip in the Rimac Concept_One, Lamborghini Aventador S, and Honda NSX, showing just how quick the Croatian electric hypercar is.

Filmed before Richard Hammond’s unfortunate crash onboard the Rimac, the drag race took place at an airfield in Switzerland and marks a return to form for the three ex-Top Gear hosts.

To be fair to the Aventador and NSX, the Rimac is in a totally-different performance class, so it’s no surprise that it wiped the floor with the two supercars. In fact, the Concept_One used in the film delivers 1,224 hp thanks to four electric motors and a 90 kWh battery pack. This allows it to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 220 mph (354 km/h).

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Honda’s Adorable 3E Robotics Concepts Heading To CES 2018 7
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in CES, Gadgets, honda, Honda Videos, Tech, video on 12 7th, 2017


Honda will reveal its new 3E Robotics concept, a range of experimental robotic technologies displaying the company’s vision for the future of mobility, at the CES 2018.

The range will consist of four different robotic concepts, including an autonomous off-road vehicle with AI, a small-sized electric mobility concept with cargo space, a chair-type concept for use in both indoor and outdoor spaces and a companion robot that can show compassion through facial expressions.

Honda will also have on display their Mobile Power Pack World, which includes a portable, swappable battery pack for electric vehicles, complete with a recharging system that can be used at home, recreation or during a natural disaster.

A battery exchange concept that can store and charge mobile power packs will also be present, as well as the latest partnerships of Silicon Valley-based Honda Innovations with various startups.

Honda will debut its latest robotic and mobility concepts at the CES 2018 on January 8.

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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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Honda Compares Kids To Monsters In New Odyssey Ad 28
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in commercials, honda, Honda Odyssey, Honda Videos, video on 11 28th, 2017


Honda’s advertising agency has come up with an action movie-like commercial that highlights the rewards of having an Odyssey.

Aimed at families blessed with two or more children, the minivan has some cool features that come in handy when parents try to settle those little “monsters”, who are depicted as giant Godzillas in the new ad.

“If you’re a parent, you know sometimes your kids can be little monsters. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep peace in the Honda Odyssey“, the manufacturer says in the video’s description.

The hilarious approach is the automaker’s way of reminding consumers that the new Odyssey is equipped with Magic Slide second-row seat. It also gets CabinWatch and CabinTalk, which allows the driver and front passenger to communicate easier with the passengers on the two rear rows, and to keep an eye on them via the 8-inch infotainment screen.

Honda opened the order books for the 2018 Odyssey earlier this year. The minivan, which is in its fifth generation, can be had from an MSRP of $30,890, including the $900 destination charge, and comes with a 280hp and 262lb-ft (355Nm) of torque 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Upper grades benefit from a host of equipment, including Rear Entertainment System, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a suite of driver assistance systems such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Lane Keeping Assist.

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Base Honda Civic Is Surprisingly Fun If You Can Live With Its Looks 25
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, UK, video on 11 25th, 2017


With the Type R getting all the attention, it’s easy to forget that, in order for the Type R to become one of the class-leading hot hatches in the market, Honda had to significantly raise the bar for the regular Civic, too.

Based on a new chassis that’s 52 percent more rigid than before, the 10th generation Honda Civic is bigger than ever and features a multilink rear suspension for a more surefooted and sporty handling.

Euro-spec models are available with a turbocharged 127hp 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit and a 179hp 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit, while those who prefer diesel Honda has them covered with their new 120hp 1.6-liter engine.

Perhaps the most challenging feature of the new Civic is the way it looks as not everyone likes design features such as the fake air outlets on the rear bumper.

So, does the base Civic retain any of the talents of the Type R? Watch Carwow’s latest video to find out.

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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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