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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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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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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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Honda’s Baby NSX Emerges As Sports Vision Gran Turismo Concept 9
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, Gran Turismo, honda, Honda Concepts on 11 9th, 2017


Vision Gran Turismo concepts often take on proportions of the outlandish: Le Mans prototypes, almost, without any regulations or practical considerations to take into account. Honda, however, has taken a different approach.

The Japanese automaker today released its latest contribution to the pantheon of digital sports-car concepts in the form of the Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo. And while it may not be quite ready for the showroom, it looks a lot closer than most of its virtual-reality stablemates.

It also looks familiar: distinctly similar, in fact, to the patent images we saw over two years ago. At that point we thought we were looking at a baby NSX. And it could manifest into just that. But for now, it’s confined to the imaginary world of the Gran Turismo gaming franchise.

The concept was designed by Honda’s studio in California and developed in Japan. And while it may (for the time being) exist principally in digital form, a full-scale model was built and tested in a wind-tunnel – not just in computational fluid dynamics simulators.

The brief calls for carbon-fiber-intensive construction to help keep weight down to a (theoretical) 1982 pounds. That’s just over half of what today’s NSX weighs, a good third less than the old S2000, and barely more than the tiny S660 roadster.

The other side of the power-to-weight ratio is a 2.0-liter DOHC-VTEC turbo four – similar, we’d imagine, to the one found in the Civic Type R, but tuned to produce over 400 horsepower and mated to an eight-speed dual clutch transmission.

It all sounds and looks great. Fantastic, even – which is exactly what this concept is… for now. Here’s hoping it manages to leap off our TV screens and onto the street in the near future.

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Honda Puts Its Retro-Futuristic Spin On Two Wheels 7
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Honda Concepts, motorcycles on 11 7th, 2017


You may have noticed that Honda is on a bit of a retro-futuristic kick of late. It showcased the Urban EV hatchback concept in Frankfurt, and the Sports EV coupe concept in Tokyo. And it’s been doing the same with its motorcycles, too.

Just take a look at the concept bike it’s brought to the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this week. It’s called the CB4 Interceptor, and it blends classic cues with thoroughly modern ones.

The cowling looks like it was lifted straight off of a 1960s racing bike, but it hides a modern secret. In the middle of the LED headlight ring is a fan that generates electricity from the rushing wind to power the touchscreen display on the tank, capable of displaying navigation information, make emergency calls, and network with the rider’s mobile device for a less distracting (but no less connected) ride.

It’s all done up in black, and was designed at Honda’s R&D facility in Rome. It’s not the first such concept the Japanese manufacturer has done, though. Two years ago it displayed a similar (but different) CB4 concept at the same show, and recently showcased the Neo Sports Café concept in Tokyo alongside the Sports EV coupe. Something tells us we’ve yet to see the last of this particular trend coming from Honda, so keep this page bookmarked.

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Honda Officially Confirms Urban EV For Production In 2019 26
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Electric Vehicles, honda, Honda Concepts, Reports, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 26th, 2017


The Honda Urban EV concept was one of the biggest surprises of the last Frankfurt Motor Show and now it’s been officially confirmed that we’re getting a production version in 2019.
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Honda Sports EV Concept: Should They Build It? 25
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Electric Vehicles, honda, Honda Concepts, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


Honda seems to have the right idea on how to make an electric car, judging by their second attempt with the Sports EV concept.
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Honda Neo Sports Café Concept Bike Modernizes A Classic 25
Oct
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, honda, Honda Concepts, motorcycles, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


Like BMW and Peugeot, Honda is one of those rare manufacturers that makes both cars and motorcycles. Lucky us, it brought plenty of both to the Tokyo Motor Show this year, including this here concept bike.
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Honda Debuts Weird And Wacky Mobility Concepts In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in concept, honda, Honda Concepts, new cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


Beyond introducing the eye-catching Sports EV Concept in Tokyo, Honda has brought with it a host of intriguing mobility concepts which offer a look at how we may move around in the future.
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Honda’s Sports EV Concept Is Another Tantalizing Look At The Future 25
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in concept, honda, Honda Concepts, new cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


The world is still processing Honda’s gorgeous Urban EV Concept and the brand has just followed it up at the Tokyo Motor Show with the new Sports EV Concept.
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Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo Looks Just Like Those ‘Baby’ NSX Patents 10
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Games, Gran Turismo, honda, Honda Concepts, Playstation on 10 10th, 2017


A couple of years ago, a set of patented images surfaced showing a mysteriously sporty Honda model that pretty much looked like a smaller NSX.
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New Honda Sports EV Concept Heading To Tokyo Show For Premiere 29
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Electric Vehicles, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda CR-V, japan, new cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 09 29th, 2017


Honda's appetite for new concept cars has grown, and after presenting the Urban EV in Frankfurt last month, they're now going to introduce the Sports EV during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
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New Honda Sports EV Concept Heading To Tokyo Show For Premiere 29
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Electric Vehicles, honda, Honda Concepts, Honda CR-V, japan, new cars, Tokyo Motor Show on 09 29th, 2017


Honda's appetite for new concept cars has grown, and after presenting the Urban EV in Frankfurt last month, they're now going to introduce the Sports EV during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show.
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Honda’s Urban EV Concept Borrows From The Past, Looks To The Future 12
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concept, Electric Vehicles, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, honda, Honda Concepts on 09 12th, 2017


Honda arrived at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the Urban EV concept you see here, wearing a retro design but futuristic powertrain. What's more is that it's set to enter production within two years. Watch this space for more.
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