Event Hype: We Visited The 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show! (Gallery)

Posted on 09.21.15 | Andrew Beckford 2 Comments


We really like going to car shows so it really sucks when several of them happen on the same day and we’re forced to choose.  Such was the case last Saturday as SubieFest, Japanese Classic Car Show 2015, and Hot Import Nights were all going down.  Not exactly at once but close enough to each other that we had to make a choice.  As the title of this post suggests we decided to go with the Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) and we’re totally glad that we did!

Nothing against SubieFest or Hot Import Nights but JCCS just seemed to have a bit of everything we wanted and it was also closer so there’s that.  There was (as usual) a ton of cars at JCCS this year and great involvement from several OEMs.  Mazda brought out the new MX-5 in addition to several choice selections from their unofficial car museum.  Toyota brought out their famous James Bond 2000GT, and Honda really pulled out the stops by bringing the very first car they ever imported into the USA. Literally the first car!  It was in shambles but Honda is actually going to restore the car and document the process via social media.  They even filmed a commercial for the initiative at the show to kick things off.  To keep up with that just search the major social media networks for the #HondaSerialOne hashtag.

While the OEM presence was great, what really stole the show were rows of amazing privately owned restoration builds or resto-mod builds of everything from vintage Skylines, 240Zs, Toyota 4 runners, RX-7’s, Datsun 510’s, you name it and there was an amazing example of it in attendance.  Oh and just to illustrate how popular this show is: we arrived at the show just as it opened and the parking lot was already nearly full.  Meaning people were likely there at least an hour or more before show opening!  Parking got so packed that pretty much anyone who showed up after 10am had to park in near by downtown Long Beach and take a shuttle to the show location.

If you’ve never been to JCCS I would highly recommend you check it out next year.  Its a great event with lots of amazing cars.  Just make sure you show up early and dress for hot weather!  If you want to see some of the best cars that were at the show feel free to check out the gallery below which has over 100 pictures.  Just click any thumbnail for a larger version.


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Hype: Honda Reveals Turbocharged 10th Generation Civic In LA.

Posted on 09.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

During an event at YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles last night Honda revealed the 10th generation Civic to a crowd of journalist and other industry figure heads…except us…we weren’t invited…sad face.  Anyway, we’ll forgive Honda (this time) merely because this new Civic has us so interested.  First things first: the 10th gen Civic is sporting a complete exterior re-design which seems to align more with the design language used on the current Honda Accord (at least in the front anyway).  The rear features what I like to call “bracket” taillights since they appear to bracket the reverse lights.

The sharp, downward-angled hip line certainly makes the new Civic look slightly aggressive.  The 10th gen Civic is actually 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower than the current model which also aids in accomplishing its sporty look.  However, the back feels like its screaming for a subtle trunk spoiler but other than that the new Civic looks pretty good overall.

The interior has gone up a few notches and has a touch more class than the 9th gen Civic interior.  The crown jewel of the cabin is a 7 inch touchscreen which is the hub for all of the 10th gen Civic’s infotainment.  The new system is also completely compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play as well so most cell phone users are covered.

The big story are the new engine options:  a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated iVTEC engine that will be offered with a 6 speed manual or a CVT automatic, and the marquee turbocharged 1.5 liter iVTEC engine that looks to be offered only with the CVT automatic which is a bit unfortunate but most likely done for efficiency.  Speaking of efficiency Honda claims that both engines are targeting fuel economy of 40 mpg and that the turbocharged variant will be the most powerful engine offered in a “non-Si Civic”.  While that might seem vague that is because Honda hasn’t released any horsepower or torque numbers for either of the two new engines.  We’ll have to wait a bit longer for that.

If you are underwhelmed by any of the engine news remember that the Type R is still to come and that is where Honda let their engineers run wild.  For now though, I think this new Civic is a nice improvement over the previous gen and I am really impressed with Honda for giving turbochargers a shot in America.

For a better look at the new Civic just click on the thumbnails for an HD resolution sized photo.  For more info check out the press release below.  What do you think about the new Civic?  How do you like its looks?  What do you think about the new engine options?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

Two new powertrains, including first Honda turbo engine in U.S.

  • Available Honda Sensing™ technologies
  • Compatible with Apple CarPlay®, the smarter, simpler way to use your iPhone in the car
  • Also supports Android Auto™
  • New styling includes significant use of LED lighting
  • New platform and package yields largest cabin in compact class


Sep 16, 2015 – LOS ANGELES — Honda took to YouTube today to unveil an all-new, dynamically styled 10th-generation 2016 Civic Sedan, slated for sale in the U.S. this fall. With a more athletic stance and sportier driving position, the 2016 Civic Sedan is a new-from-the-ground-up design intended to recapture the sporty character of Civic while creating the world’s best compact car – setting a new benchmark in the mainstream compact class for fun-to-drive performance, safety performance and fuel efficiency, together with a new level of refinement.

The Civic Sedan is the first in a series of new 10th-generation Civic models that will include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si models, a 5-door hatchback and the first-ever Civic Type-R model for the U.S. market, comprising the most diverse and innovative lineup in Civic’s 43-year history.

“This tenth-generation Civic is quite simply the most ambitious remake of Civic we’ve ever done,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “We are bringing more new technology and innovative thinking to Civic than ever before to establish a new benchmark for fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency, safety performance and refinement in the compact class.”

Backing up the new Civic’s dramatic and sporty design with new power and efficiency, for the first time the 2016 Civic will feature two all-new engines – including the first-ever application of Honda turbo engine technology in the U.S. These powerful and fuel-efficient new engines combine with a sophisticated new body and chassis design to deliver incredibly responsive and sporty performance with a higher level of ride refinement and class-leading fuel efficiency.

The 2016 Civic Sedan will be available with the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation and, for the first time in a Honda, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow – bringing new value to the compact segment.

Further, the 2016 Civic lineup joins the freshened 2016 Accord in offering advanced smartphone integration with a new, 7-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen, offering tech-savvy customers a more advanced and intuitive connected-car experience.

Apple CarPlay® takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third party apps. Apple CarPlay® is compatible with iOS 8.4 or later and iPhone 5 or later.

Android Auto™ was designed to give drivers a simple, intuitive way through touch and voice to minimize the potential for distraction so the driver can stay focused on the road. Compatible with Android 5.0 and higher, Android Auto features Google Maps, Google Now, messaging, music and numerous popular apps.

Sporty Civic Design
The dramatic and sporty new Civic design is grounded in its more athletic stance and low and wide proportions. Compared to the current model, the 2016 Civic Sedan is nearly 2 inches wider and 1 inch lower with a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase, featuring a more compact and sporty front overhang, a longer, more aggressively sculpted hood and fastback-style tail.

The taut and tidy proportions of the new Civic Sedan are complemented and accentuated by refined design details, including sleek and swept-back bodylines, a sharp and aggressive face and bulging wheel arches. The new Civic’s more premium compact sedan character is also highlighted by its available LED exterior lighting, including new Honda LED headlights (in-line type), LED daytime running lights (standard) and distinctive C-shaped LED taillights (also standard).

“The new Civic really is the embodiment of our global design team’s goal of styling a dramatic form that follows and speaks to the dynamic function of this ambitious redesign,” said Jarad Hall, Senior Exterior Designer and project leader of the Civic Sedan, Honda R&D Americas. “The low and wide proportions, with the wheels pushed to the outmost corners, emphasize the Civic’s dynamic handling prowess and give the car a crouched and muscular look, like a tiger ready to pounce.”

Two All-new Engines
The 2016 Civic Sedan will feature two all-new, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines. Civic Sedan LX and EX trims will be powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC™ 4-cylinder – the most powerful base engine ever offered on Civic – mated to either a 6-speed manual (LX trim) or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Civic Sedans in EX-T, EX-L trims and Touring trims will be powered by a 1.5-liter, direct-injected and turbocharged 16-valve DOHC inline-4, mated to a unique CVT, delivering a new level of responsiveness in this capacity class of turbocharged engine.

The new 1.5-liter powerplant is the first turbocharged engine on a U.S. Honda model and the most powerful engine ever offered on a non-Si Civic in America. Both engines will offer top-in-class performance and fuel efficiency, and are targeted to receive EPA highway fuel economy ratings in excess of 40 mpg. Additional powertrain details and specifications will be announced closer to launch.

Advanced and Sporty New Body and Chassis
The 2016 Civic will set a new standard for dynamic handling, steering, ride quality and cabin quietness in the compact class, courtesy of its all new platform, featuring the most rigid and tightly sealed body and the most sophisticated chassis in Civic history.

Advancing the sporty character of this all-new Civic is its more sporty driving position, with a one-inch lower hip point compared to the current car. The lower hip point is enabled by the new Civic’s lower floor and engine and its all-new suspension design. The new Civic chassis features a redesigned strut front suspension and a new multi-link rear suspension mounted to an ultra-rigid rear subframe.

Torsional rigidity of the new body is improved by 25 percent, aided in part by more intensive use of ultra-high-strength steel. Twelve percent of the unit body is made of ultra-high-strength steel, up from 1percent on the current model. Aerodynamic efficiency is improved by 12 percent to class-leading levels, in part through the use of full underbody covers—a Civic first. Despite its larger size, the new Civic unit body is 68 pounds lighter than before, while new body-sealing techniques result in a 58-percent reduction in cabin air leaks. Class-leading cabin quietness is further improved by the use of premium noise-reducing features, including a flush-mounted acoustic glass windshield, a more tightly sealed engine compartment and triple-sealed doors.

To achieve the Civic development team’s high targets for dynamic performance and refined ride quality, the new Civic Sedan utilizes hydraulic compliance bushings, a technology typically reserved for more expensive vehicles, aiding the isolation of road vibration. Additional new chassis technologies include variable gear ratio steering, beefier front and rear stabilizer bars and standard 4-wheel disc brakes, along with the application of new Agile Handling Assist brake-torque vectoring technology for more precise and agile cornering.

Spacious, Sophisticated and Advanced Cabin
The new Civic interior is designed to offer the most comfortable, sophisticated and premium-feeling cabin in the compact class. An additional 3.7 cubic feet of interior space translates into the largest cabin in the compact segment with 2 inches of added rear-seat legroom versus the outgoing model. In front, new ultra-thin front roof pillars enable class-leading forward visibility; and at the rear, trunk space has been increased by 2.6 cubic feet with a lower liftover height, larger opening and wider and taller cargo area. Civic Sedan EX and above trims will feature a 60/40 split and folding rear seat.

The 2016 Civic Sedan offers customers more premium features than ever before. New standard equipment includes automatic climate control – dual-zone on EX-L and higher trims; auto-up/down front power windows; an electronic parking brake with Brake Hold; Walk-Away auto door locks and an adjustable driver’s seat thigh support with 14 degrees of tilt (EX-L and above). All Civic Sedan models also feature a larger, reconfigurable new center console with up to 7.2 liters of secure storage space, approaching SUV levels of console utility.

The new Civic interior strikes a more premium tone with high-quality materials and high-contrast finishes. These include a new one-piece, soft-touch instrumental panel with molded stitching; more premium seat fabrics; a new full-color TFT center meter (EX and above trims); a center console with piano black finish and high-contrast sliver bezel; door inserts with live stitching; an LED shift indicator and LED overhead lighting; and for EX and higher trims, a leather shift boot. Upper grades offer even more premium features, including an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way power front passenger’s seat, heated front and rear seats and heated side mirrors.

Civic Manufacturing
Civic Sedans for the North American market will be produced at the company’s Greensburg, Indiana and Alliston, Ontario, Canada auto plants. The new Civic’s 2.0-liter and 1.5-liter turbo engines will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio, and the vehicle’s two automatic transmissions (CVTs) will be sourced from Honda plants in Russells Point, Ohio, and Celaya, Mexico.

The new Civic utilizes numerous new manufacturing processes and technologies to advance quality, efficiency and fun-to-drive performance – the result of new investment in Honda automobile and engine plants in North America. This includes the addition of the company’s innovative new inner-frame weld body construction process in both Indiana and Canada, a system first utilized for production of the 2015 Honda Fit. This new general weld system creates a more lightweight, rigid and strong body structure that helps enable the Civic’s class-leading fuel efficiency, outstanding safety performance and fun-to-drive experience.

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Frankfurt 2015: Honda’s Tourer Active Life Concept Is Pretty Fresh

Posted on 09.10.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is about a week away and the OEMs are starting to roll out their pre-event interweb reveals.  There have already been a few but none of them really caught my eye until today when Honda showed off their Civic Tourer Active Life Concept which is really just another way to say “Civic wagon for people who love to ride bikes.”

The Active Life Concept, err I am just going to start calling it the “AFC” for the rest of this post if that’s ok.  Anyhow, the AFC utilizes all of its cargo space to house specialized “smart” bike racks that can accommodate two bikes and a retractable arm meant to hold bikes in place during maintenance.

The AFC also has an integrated air pump to refill tires, an extendable awning for shade, integrated tool boxes, bottle holders, and a large light in the back so that riders can see what their doing when they are loading or working on their bikes.  There is also an aerodynamically designed roof storage box for extra odds and ends needed for a cycling trip.

All that stuff is dope, especially for anyone who is a serious cyclist but what got my attention are the AFC’s sleek looks and the sweet two tone blue and black paint scheme.

Sadly if this car gets produced it probably won’t be sold in the United States since its foundation, the Civic Tourer isn’t sold in the states.  Which is really weird because I think the Civic Tourer would probably sell a lot better than that weird lookin’ Crosstour Accord!

Anyway, what do you think of the Tourer Active Life Concept?  If they produced it would you buy one?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  To see bigger photos of the Active Life Concept just click on any of the thumbnail pictures in this post.  For more info check out the press release below.

Press Release:

  • Civic Tourer Active Life Concept makes its debut

  • GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title-holding Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC on display on Honda stand


Honda will reveal the Civic Tourer “Active Life Concept” at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, underlining the Tourer’s class leading cargo space and versatility within the C-segment. The Concept study shows that style and space can work together; a custom paint colour further enhances the sleek and sporty exterior and an accessorised interior demonstrates the Concept’s suitability for an active lifestyle and the needs of its customers.

Utilising the unique centre fuel tank layout, the Civic Tourer Active Life Concept makes full use of its 1668 litres* trunk space and a low loading height. Features include a smart loading rack capable of transporting two bicycles, along with a retractable arm which can be extended from the rack, making maintenance and repairs easier. Other maintenance accessories include a built in integrated air pump, a large light located on the tailgate, an extended shade area and a retractable bench making the Concept an ideal vehicle for cycling enthusiasts. Further accessories include a toolbox, bottle holder, water tank and a front wheel holder which are all integrated within the trunk side lining. Other clever storage solutions include a special aero shape roof box designed to accommodate essential cycling accessories such as shoes and helmets.

The dynamic exterior styling of the Civic Tourer Active Life Concept reflects the sporty and active lifestyle of the customer; featuring a custom blue paint finish with a lower gun metallic gradation and a silver roofline which help accentuate the Civic Tourer’s sleek styling and aerodynamic design. New 18-inch alloy wheels and a custom design rear bumper further highlight the

Civic Tourer’s sporty characteristics.

The interior also features a customised theme; blue stitching can be found on the steering wheel and on the gear shift, along with a sporty black roof lining, which is also found on the Civic Sport and Civic Type R.

The front seats combine both suede and leather and feature a carbon tape with blue piping that runs along the centre and along the upper outer areas of the seat, continuing into the suede door lining.

Of course, space doesn’t have to come at the cost of efficiency, and to demonstrate that belief, and proving in emphatic terms the efficiency of the new i-DTEC engines from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC recently set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for fuel efficiency. The 25-day ‘real-world’ challenge in June saw the car average 2.82 litres per 100km (100.31mpg) in a 13,498km (8,387 mile) drive across 24 contiguous EU countries.

See the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title-holding Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC and the Civic Tourer Active Life Concept as well as Honda’s new model range displayed at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show at stand B11 in Hall 9.0 (15-16 September).

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Indy Car Hype: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Quick Result (Video)

Posted on 05.11.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Again I come to the rescue with results of races missed!  This time I will help out anyone who missed the Grand Prix Of Indianapolis.  Yes, the Grand Prix Of Indianapolis, not the Indy 500.  This year Indy car threw in a road course race at Indy before the big oval race at Indy.  How did it go? It went pretty darn well for one particular driver.  You’ll see below with the official podium results and a quick race highlights video.


Grand Prix Of Indianapolis Results:

1st: Will Power
2nd: Graham Rahal
3rd: Juan Pablo Montoya

Race highlights:

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Hype: The Honda Civic Type R Is Officially Coming To North America! Lets Have A Look Shall We? (Video)

Posted on 04.01.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Civic Concept

Its officially official!  Honda just announced during their New York Auto Show press conference that the 10th generation Civic will have base, Si, and Type R variants sold in North America!  To give an idea of what the 10th generation Civic will look like, Honda brought out this crazy lime-green concept coupe.  Now, this isn’t necessarily to say that the American version of the Type R will be a coupe.  Honda stated that the 1oth gen Civic will come in sedan, coupe, and 5 door hatchback flavors.  So, America may get the same version of the Type R that the rest of the world is getting or perhaps Honda will try to differentiate the American Type R from the others by making it a coupe in this market.  It is not clear at the moment but will likely be revealed later on.  The other question is if the new Civic Si will feature the same turbo charged VTEC engine as the Type R, albeit detuned a bit or will the Type R be the only VTEC Turbo in the line up?  There are plenty of juicy questions to ponder on but we can all still revel in the fact that this isn’t an April Fool’s joke and the Type R is finally hitting American shores!  For my thoughts on the car and a video over view scroll below.  You can also click on any of the thumbnails for an HD resolution picture and get more info about the 10th gen Civic in the press release.  What do you think about this concept?  Are you excited about the Civic Type R coming to North America?  How much do you think it should cost?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us @MotorworldHype.

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Press Release:

Apr 1, 2015 – NEW YORK

  • 10th-generation, 2016 model year Civic focuses on sporty, fun-to-drive dynamics
  • Civic lineup to include Sedan, Coupe, and 5-door Hatchback body types, as well as Si and Type-R versions
  • First Honda model to apply new VTEC® Turbo engines in North America
  • Civic, America’s most popular small car is designed, developed and produced in North America

Today Honda unveiled its ultra-sporty Civic Concept at the New York International Auto Show as the brand prepares to launch its completely reimagined 10th-Generation Civic models beginning this fall. With a sharper focus on spirited performance and class-leading versatility, the new Civic lineup will include Civic Sedan, Coupe and Si models along with the return of the Civic hatchback, followed by the launch of a new Civic Type-R as the performance flagship of the Civic lineup. The new Civic also will be the first U.S. model to apply new VTEC® Turbo engines from the company’s Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrain series.

“The new Civic will be, flat out, the most dynamic, the most technologically advanced and the most refined and stylish Civic we’ve ever made,” said John Mendel, executive vice president, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.  “In every way, this will be an epic Civic.”

The Civic Concept provides a tantalizing glimpse forward to the thrilling design direction for the all-new 10th-generation Civic lineup launching in the U.S. this fall. Featuring a longer wheelbase and lower, wider stance, the new Civic emphasizes its aggressive personality and the engaging experience it will provide behind the wheel. Proportionally it boasts a longer hood, a shorter front overhang, a more set-back greenhouse and a shorter rear deck, lending the Civic a more athletic and “in motion” appearance.

The low and wide proportions are underscored by its more aggressive wheel-to-body relationship and pronounced fender arches. Its sporty and expressive face is highlighted by bright new LED headlights flanking the “Flying H” Honda grille which is supported by deeply sculpted lower air intakes.

“Charismatic, connected and athletic, our goal was to create a design that is emotional and sporty yet with a sense of timelessness and simplicity,” said Guy Melville-Brown, Chief Exterior designer of the Civic concept, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. “In this we set out to create a vehicle that goes beyond the superficial and embraces the very philosophy of what a true Civic should be; it’s a real game changer.”

The 10th-generation Civic is based on a compact platform that targets benchmark levels of efficiency, dynamic performance, safety and manufacturing productivity. Leveraging this new platform in conjunction with new Earth Dreams Technology™ powertrains – including a new 1.5-liter VTEC® Turbo engine with direct injection, a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, and a new, more sporty and efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT) – the Civic will target class-leading fuel economy ratings and fun-to-drive performance with near-luxury levels of cabin quietness and ride refinement.

The new Civic will also target class-leading levels of safety performance and will offer the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Honda LaneWatch™, along with Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure.

The new Civic marks the first time that global development of both the sedan and coupe models is being led by a North American R&D team, with design led by a team from Honda’s Los Angeles design studio and development centered in the company’s Raymond, Ohio vehicle development center. The North American version of the Civic Sedan will be produced in Greensburg, Indiana, and in Alliston, Ontario. The Civic Coupe and Si models will also be manufactured in Alliston. The VTEC Turbo engine will be produced in Anna, Ohio with engines also produced in Alliston. The CVT will be produced in Russells Point, Ohio. Together, these four Honda plants have invested in new equipment, processes and training to prepare for new Civic production, which will use domestic and globally sourced parts. Production of the five-door hatchback will take place at the company’s Swindon, UK plant.

Honda is in the midst of a series of major product launches that began with the freshened CR-V – 2015 Motor Trend Sport Utility of the Year – and continues with the spring launch of the all-new 2016 Honda HR-V crossover and the summer launch of the redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot SUV. This will be followed by the new Civic release beginning this fall.

About Civic
The current generation Civic has been the best-selling small car in America with individual retail car buyers every year since its launch as a 2012 model in calendar year 2011, with sales in excess of 300,000 units in each of the past three years. The first-generation Civic debuted in America in 1972, and Civic has played a leading role in advancing fuel efficiency, small-car safety performance, design, technology and fun-to-drive performance over nine generations of development. American car buyers have purchased more than 10 million Civics over the course of 43 years and Civic has been manufactured in North America since 1986, with cumulative production in North America approaching 9 million units.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive automobiles for American car buyers through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Accord, Crosstour, Civic, Fit, and CR-Z along with the Pilot, and CR-V sport-utility vehicles and the Odyssey minivan.

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Consumer Hype: Honda Fans Start Petition To Bring New Civic Type R To America

Posted on 03.10.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Civic Type R

So, its looking like the crazy new 2016 Civic Type R isn’t going to coming to American shores.  However, that isn’t stopping some devoted fans from launching a significant effort to convince Honda to bring their latest hot hatch to ‘murrica.  Namely a Honda enthusiast named Nikos Stoufis has started a petition on Change.org to bring the 2016 Civic Type R to the US of A.  The goal for the petition is 25,000 signatures.  Before anyone scoffs at that number it should be noted that the petition is already at 23,637 signatures, just 1,363 short of its goal.

Although even if the petition does reach its goal doesn’t mean Honda will actually do anything about it.  Its likely that Honda is avoiding the American market because they feel that there aren’t very many people who would pay possibly over $40k.  However, at 25,000 signature if you factor that even 5% of those people would actually buy the Civic Type R that’s still 1,250 cars sold.  That’s a decent number for a limited production high performance car.  Maybe this will encourage Honda to at least consider the idea a bit further.

If you are one of the people who would like to see the new Civic Type R be sold in America, hit the source link below to visit the petition.

[Source: Change.org]

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Hype News: The Civic Type R Returns! Now With Turbo.

Posted on 03.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Civic Type R

For five years now those who pray at the church of H have awaited the return of not only the Civic Type R but the “R” name plate itself.  To Honda’s credit they have not remained silent on the Civic Type R the whole time.  While few and far between, Honda did grace the internet with updates in the form of concept drawings, and even early test mule footage.  The last physical Civic Type R concept car really set the internet ablaze with its crazy wing with integrated brake lights.  It was at that moment that the countdown begun and the world wondered how close the final product would stick to the wild concept that came before it.  Today, we finally that the answer to that question is: “close-ish” Late last night in front of a small group of media and VIPs Honda revealed the final production version of the next (what I will further refer to as the 2016) Civic Type R to the planet Earth and the internet is still trying to repair itself as I type this. So, lets get down to the brass tacks shall we?  Let’s start on the outside.  The 2016 Civic Type R finally looks the part.  Its very much removed from the egg-like shape of the previous Civic Type R (FN2 chassis) that was released back in 2008 and personally I think that’s a good thing.  A very good thing.  The 2016 Type R looks less like a space egg and more like a proper, “street legal-ish”, hot hatch which is exactly what a Civic Type R should look like!  The front end is low and aggressive yet there doesn’t appear to be excessive venting despite the fact that this Type R now has a turbo under the hood (more on that later).  The front also begins a wedge-like shape that continues all the way to the back of the vehicle but without the awkward bubble curve in the rear found on the FN2 chassis.

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The fenders make their presence known with sharp arch lines and brake cooling vents (in the front fenders only).  The front and sides are adorned with lip spoilers while the rear has an aggressive (but not obtuse) diffuser.  Speaking of the rear, there is in fact a wild wing situated on the ’16 Civic Type R’s hatch.  However, it isn’t quite the Avant Garde piece that we saw on the concept car.  Instead is a more traditional GT style rear wing that sits just above a pair of sweeping tri-point taillights.  No, there are no integrated brake lights in the wing as demonstrated on the concept; a point that has been polarizing among Honda fans as some really hoped to see it in the production car while others were glad they were left out.   Honda also notes that the under side of the car is “nearly flat” and combined with the rear diffuser, keeps the Type R sucked towards the asphalt at speed.  Aerodynamics seems to be a major part of the new Civic Type R’s exterior design.  Nearly every vent, duct, and ridge is meant for aerodynamic or cooling purposes, at least according to Honda they are. As usual the real story is under the hood as the new Civic Type R has something that no other Type R before it ever had, a turbocharger.  Yes, after decades of tuners adding turbochargers themselves after the fact, Honda has decided to finally offer a turbocharged Civic from the factory.  With the snail in place the 2.0 liter VTEC engine in the Civic Type R will make 305hp at the front wheels and 302 ft-lbs of torque to get it motivated.  Its max power will come at 6,500rpm (just 500rpm before its 7,000rpm redline) and max torque is reached by 2,500rpm.  Certainly not a high strung engine but impressive numbers nonetheless.

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Combine the aero package, the engine, and an advanced suspension system featuring an independent “active damper system” and a “dual axis front strut”, which helps reduce torque steer and you have a hatchback that can lap the Nurburgring in 7:50.63, a front wheel drive track record Drivers who want to take full advantage of all those bits may be interested in what Honda calls the “+R” mode.  Hit that button and the steering, suspension, and torque mapping all change on the fly to tighten things up, improve steering response, and increase performance. Buyers who want to add a few creature comforts to their hot hatch may vie for the “GT Pack” which includes extras such as parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, power folding side mirrors, a navigation system sourced from Garmin, among other goodies.  The GT Pack also features a few sensor based safety systems like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and front collision warning.

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All together the new Civic Type R sounds like it could be the new king of the hot hatches.  It definitely has the spec sheet to be a challenger but specs aren’t everything.  What’s more is that there is no word on if Honda’s new turbo hatch will reach American shores.  It will however be sold in Japan and Europe this July for 29,995GDP (about 46k USD) for the base model.  Those who want the GT Pack will need to add an additional 2,300GDP ($3,530) to that price.  At that price I’d say only die-hard Honda fans need apply for the new Type R as it would be hard for anyone else to justify paying that much considering the other options available at that price point. According to Honda there are at least 100 people who weren’t scared off by sticker shock and pre-ordered the new Type R already.  Will it come to America? If it does, will it retain its nearly $50k price tag?  Time will tell I suppose.  For now, if you want to check out HD resolution pics of the 2016 Civic Type R just click any of the thumbnails you see in this post.  For more info check out the official press release below. Press Release:


  • Production version of Civic Type R revealed at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
  • Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine offers greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda production car engine
  • Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability
  • Advanced new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer
  • New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills
  • Under development the Civic Type R has achieved a top speed of 270 km/h

After a five year wait, 2015 sees the arrival of the world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R. Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new Civic Type R will set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment. The production version of Honda’s latest hot hatch icon is revealed for the first time at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March; Stand 4250, Hall 4). Type R vehicles have garnered a cult following around the world and the new model more than lives up to the high expectations. A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector. The new 2015 Civic Type R will be powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the Honda brand. All-new turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine At the heart of the Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS* at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm* at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model. Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration. The Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds* – making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback – and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph)*. The new engine is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, safeguarding an intimate, rewarding connection with the drivetrain, and power is directed through the front wheels. Function dictates form The styling changes that are unique to the Civic Type R give the car an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The sleek and aerodynamically-efficient design reflects a car developed to perform at speed. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured high-speed stability and high levels of downforce. To achieve this aim, the Civic Type R was subject to exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development. The development team tirelessly pursued its objectives through computer-based CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing at Honda’s dedicated automotive motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan; home of Honda’s Formula One engine development. This development work was validated through extensive prototype testing both on the road and on track, including at the Suzuka Formula One circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the company’s Takasu test facility. A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. The rear wing has been reimagined from the Type R Concept. The structure of the airfoil – its angle, height and shape as well as its vertical end plates – have been carefully engineered to optimise downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. This helps improve road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners. A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, enhancing high-speed stability and reducing lift forces. Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper allow greater volume of cooling air into the engine bay. The airflow is channelled to outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the widened front wheel arches to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine. New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes. They fill the enlarged wheel arches with 235/35R19 tyres that were developed specially for the Type R. To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs. The Type R is available in five distinctive colours that give the purposeful new styling added visual impact. As well as Championship White – shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red. A cabin with a sporting ambience A range of aesthetic and functional upgrades within the cabin reinforce the Type R’s sporting character. As with previous Type R models, the gear lever knob is made from machined aluminium alloy. High-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, provide driver and front-seat passenger with ample lateral support during harder cornering. Matching red double stitching also appears on the black leather-clad steering wheel and blackgear-lever gaiter. The roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric, augmenting the focused ambience. New suspension technologies for a rewarding, more agile drive A number of innovative new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, have been introduced to produce rewarding handling characteristics and to maximise power transfer to the road. A new four-point Adaptive Damper System, developed specifically for the Type R, enables continuous independent control of each wheel to deliver exceptional road holding performance, limit wheel-load transfer during sharp acceleration and deceleration, and to maintain a stable, flat ride. It also means that the ride is more comfortable and supple in everyday driving and cruising. An advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system helps to reduce torque steer by 50 per cent compared to the standard Civic’s suspension set up, enhancing high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. At the rear, Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam suspension is constructed with a bespoke ‘crushed pipe’ which improves rear roll rigidity by 180 per cent, further enhancing stability in high-speed corners. These systems are complemented by Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering, which helps to deliver rapid yet linear steering response and abundant feel. New ‘+R’ mode increases responses for enhanced driving thrills The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems. The result is an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track and sure to be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast. When +R mode is activated, engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering receives reduced power assistance and is therefore more responsive to driver inputs, and basic damping force from the new four-point Adaptive Damper System is increased by 30 per cent. This means the behaviour of the car is firmer and more agile for high-performance handling. All-new GT Pack offers further enhancements Customers will have the option to specify their new Civic Type R with an all-new GT Pack. Externally, the GT Pack adds signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters for even greater eye-catching impact, but it’s under the skin where the GT Pack’s most significant upgrades will be found. The driver will benefit from extra convenience features such as front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers and electric fold door mirrors. Integrated Garmin satellite navigation (including five years of free map updates) is added to the Honda Connect infotainment system. Audiophiles will be attracted by the addition of a CD player and a premium eight-speaker, 320 watt stereo system upgrade. All occupants will appreciate automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning, and sophistication in the cabin is also boosted by red ambient lighting. The GT Pack also includes Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This comprehensive suite of sensor-based safety technologies includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor. Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the Civic Type R. The all-new Honda Civic Type R will go on sale across Europe from this summer. Full vehicle specifications will be announced in due course. * Honda internal figures


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F1 Hype: McLaren Honda Reveals New MP4-30 Race Car (Video)

Posted on 01.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Early in the A.M. (4am for me to be exact) right after Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso went to the future (see previous post), McLaren Honda finally revealed their 2015 chassis dubbed MP4-30.  This was significant for two reasons.  The first is that this officially launches the rebirth of one of F1’s storied partnerships in McLaren and Honda.  It also marks one of the first times that a car reveal was done exclusively over social media.  That’s right, there was no press conference gala at the McLaren HQ.  The reveal was done by live posting by McLaren via their social media channels (twitter, facebook, instagram), and their website.  I think it was a pretty neat concept to do it this way but I am not so sure other teams will follow suit.

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Anyhow you can finally see the new McLaren Honda in all its glory by clicking on any of the thumbnails or watching the intro video below.  What do you think of it?  I was kind of hoping they would go back to a white and red color scheme like the MP46.  I think the colors they chose look great but since they aren’t associated with Mercedes anymore, why hang on to the silver?  Oh well, either way it still looks pretty fresh.  Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments or tweet us at @MotorworldHype

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SEMA 2014: Tjin Edition Fit Is The Fan Favorite Of The Honda Booth

Posted on 11.05.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


If anyone takes a stroll over to the Honda Booth at the SEMA show right now they will find a fleet of 2015 Honda Fits, all with different looks and themes but the official “Fan Favorite” is the Tjin Edition fit co-designed by Neil Tjin and his daughter Kylie.  The father and daughter team wanted to create something that reflected their family so a bit of everything is represented here.  A lot of the exterior is influenced by Papa Tjin; especially the Axalta green paint and the custom metal wide fender flares.  Kylie was insistent that the brake calipers were hot pink and it looks like Neil wasn’t about to tell his little girl no.  Which was a good choice because the pink and green actually go together nicely.  In front of the pink brakes are custom iForged wheels wrapped in Falken Tires.  Inside has a full Sony car audio system and in the trunk is a special basketball caddy designed for his future NBA star son Collin.  The Fit gets its stance from an Airrex hybrid suspension which is partly why there is so much tire tuck.

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All together, its pretty easy to see why the Tjin Edition fit won fan favorite!  Check out the pics by clicking the thumbnails in this post and go over the parts list in the spec sheet below.

Tjin Edition Honda Fit


  • Custom metal fender flares by Josh Freeman
  • Custom Axalta paint job by L&R Auto Body
  • Coplus headlights
  • Coplus foglights
  • Coplus front lip
  • Athentic Japanese red H emblems
  • Webasto Sunroof

Wheels and tires:

  • 18″ iForged wheels (brushed and gunmetal finish with -35 offset)
  • 18″ Falken tires (215/35/18 FK453s)

Brakes and suspension:

  • Baer front big brakes
    • 6 piston calipers (Hot Pink Kylie Tjin Edition)
    • 14″ rotors
    • Custom brackets and brake lines by Unique Fabrication
  • Airrex air management and air suspension


  • Bisimoto pulse chamber


  • Custom Katzkin interior
    • front seats
    • rear seats
    • door panels
    • center consol
  • SoCal Eilte 94Fifty basketball and sporting equipment
  • Scosche magic mount


  • Sony Audio

    • subwoofer

    • amplifiers

    • mids and highs

  • Optima battery

  • Scosche audio wiring

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Hype Video: OK Go Does Synchronized Dance With Honda Uni-Cub’s In New Music Video

Posted on 10.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


A while back the band OK Go broke the internet when they dropped their video “Here We Go” on YouTube which featured the band doing an incredible synchronized dance on several moving treadmills.  The video sparked hundreds of parodies and attempts to recreate the routine featuring various other vehicles.  To this day “Here We Go” is one of the most watched music videos on YouTube.  Today OK Go is trying to best themselves with the music video for their new song “I Won’t Let You Down” in which the band is riding the Honda Uni-Cub one wheeled electric vehicle for the entire video.

Through what looks like some pretty crazy choreography and some stop motion this music video is a pretty entertaining watch.  If you have no idea what the Uni-Cub is, its a one wheeled electric scooter developed by the Honda robotics division and is positioned as a “personal mobility device”.  From what I can tell its not really meant to replace a car but designed to help people travel a somewhat significant distance whom are too lazy to walk or ride a bike.  Right now the device is in prototype limbo and is not currently for sale which makes it all the more impressive that OK Go managed to get four of them for their music video.  Having said that I would highly recommend checking out the video below.  Even if you aren’t an OK Go fan, watching them scoot around on these things is still pretty entertaining.

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