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PostHeaderIcon Fifth-Gen Honda CR-V Comes With More Space and Turbo Power

Introduced in 1995, the CR-V has become one of Honda’s most vital vehicles, now being the company’s second-best selling model after the iconic Civic. Redesigned every five years, the crossover has just stepped into its fifth generation, which brings completely new design inside and out and turbocharged power.

Scheduled to hit the market this winter for the 2017 model year, the new CR-V received a bold and somewhat sophisticated design that puts it in line with more recent Honda products. Although similarities aren’t very obvious at first glance, the front end is reminiscent of the new Civic thanks to its imposing grille with chrome elements, the sporty headlamps, and the aggressive looking bumper.

The profile of the crossover seems more massive now, with the beefier wheel arches and the squared off roof being the main culprits for the new look. Around back, Honda redesigned every single detail. The taillights now also extend toward the “Honda” emblem in the middle, while the elements that climb up toward the roof are narrower. Under the rear glass there is a big gray element that gives the SUV a more premium look, while the license plate recess was lowered, now sitting just above the bumper. The latter also sports a big gray-painted element.

More changes are visible inside, where Honda ditched the previous two-tier dashboard design in favor of a simpler, cleaner layout. The revised center stack looks modern and houses a larger infotainment screen, while the A/C vents have been moved at the top. The steering wheel has a sportier design, while the all-new instrument cluster no longer uses the classic dial configuration. The navigation system, developed with Garmin, is also new, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come with voice-activated features. Other features include dual-zone climate controls, remote start, rear USB charging ports, and an electric parking break.

Under the skin, the CR-V uses a new platform derived from the Civic that’s a tad longer and wider, and adds 1.6 inches to the wheelbase. There’s also a new engine to talk about, in the form of a turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Already available in other Honda models, the four-banger produces 190 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque. The naturally aspirated 2.4-liter is still on offer with 184 horses and 180 pound-feet, but it won’t match the turbo’s fuel economy figures. Unfortunately, Honda has yet to release EPA numbers.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Unveils 3D Printed Micro Commuter Vehicle

Honda just revealed a new “short range ‘Micro Commuter’ electric vehicle” that applies a variety of interesting ideas and technologies to the world of automobile production, including 3D printing. The super-tiny EV made its formal debut at this year’s CEATEC trade show in Japan, and is designed as a delivery vehicle for the Japanese bakery Toshimaya.

In case you were unaware, CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) is an annual tech-heavy trade fair similar to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here in the U.S.

The micro commuter uses a pipe frame chassis sourced from Honda as the underlying structure. On top of this you’ll find exterior body panels and a cargo area created by a 3D printer. Providing the go are the same electric drive components as were used in the MC- β (Micro Commuter Beta), another single-seater prototype that was revealed back in 2014.

That means this new micro-mover gets a maximum of 15 horsepower thanks to a lithium-ion battery pack. Charge times look like seven hours from a 100-volt outlet, and less than three hours when plugged into a 200-volt outlet.

Total range is capped at around 50 miles, which might seem low, but remember, this is a delivery vehicle, which means it’s got a pretty fixed A-to-B schedule. Seating capacity is limited to just the driver, with space in back to accommodate Toshimaya’s various confections.

To produce the new micro commuter and create those nifty 3D printed panels, Honda partnered with Kabuku Inc., a Japanese firm that specializes in digital fabrication technology. Honda also says it employed an open innovation model during development (basically sourcing ideas both internally and externally), and that the underlying structure uses a variable design platform.

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PostHeaderIcon Bee Allegedly Causes Driver to Smash Honda NSX into Highway Divider

Of all the things to blame for causing a car crash, a bee’s sting ranks right up there as one of the weirdest of them all. Yet that’s exactly the excuse given by a Taiwanese journalist who claims that a bee stung him in the neck as he was test driving a Honda NSX, causing him to lose control of the supercar and crashing it into a highway divider.

The alleged journalist, identified by local Taiwanese media as “27-year old Hu,” was taking the 500-horsepower hybrid supercar for a test run on the Wang Kung Temple Provincial Highway in Taiwan with the windows down. According to Hu, a bee flew into the cabin and proceeded to sting Hu in the neck. The pain from the sting ended up forcing Hu to lose control of the NSX before the car ended up slamming nose-first into a concrete barrier. While it’s not yet verified, this incident could very well be the first NSX hybrid supercar to crash on a public road.

Photos and videos from the scene reveal a good amount of damage on the front-left side of the NSX, including the detachment of the front fenders on that side of the car. Fortunately, the journalist didn’t suffer worse injuries than the alleged bee sting, something he can credit to the airbags, which appears to have engaged judging from the photos.

Police officials did give Hu a sobriety test to make sure that he wasn’t intoxicated at the time of the crash. Test results reportedly came out clean so at least that’s one problem that he doesn’t have to answer to. Sadly, he still might be on the hook for the damages incurred by the NSX when it crashed.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Civic Type R Concept

When you go to an event like the Paris Auto Show, you expect some crazy exotic or some new luxury car to steal the spotlight, but at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, it was a Honda that was in the limelight. Specifically, it was this Honda Civic Type R Concept, which serves as a preview of the upcoming production model. This concept is all about looks, but it’s widely believed that there’s an uprated 2.0-liter, turbocharged, VTEC hidden away under the hood – the same engine that will eventually make it into the road-going Type R. And, that engine could produce upward of 350 horsepower.

It’s hard to believe that a concept car from Honda is getting such a following, but Honda has finally tapped back into the hot hatch market in a big way with the new Civic Hatchback. Mainly because the new Civic Hatch is built on a global platform, which means we’ll finally get it, and the Type R all of us tuners have been dying to have, here in the U.S. With the aggressive styling seen on this concept from the gnarly front bumper all the way back to that meticulously designed spoiler, this concept proves that Honda is finally listening to its fan base again.

So, with that said, let’s dive on into the best Civic we’ve seen from Honda in a long time and go over the details that make this Type R concept one of the coolest cars to roll into the Paris Auto Show.

Updated 11/21/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the Type R made a brief appearance next to the Civic SI.

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PostHeaderIcon The Civic Type R Will be the Ultimate Tuner Project

The new Civic Type R Concept has made its debut in near-production form, and it’s damn near breaking the internet with everyone from around the globe dying to learn all about it. And, rightfully so, everyone should be pretty excited. I mean, just look at it. That aggressive aerodynamic styling, the wing designed for function, that brushed aluminum vinyl wrap, and that WRX STI-looking scoop on the hood. It’s pretty clear that Honda is looking to take back its throne in the hot hatch department. Needless to say, the road-going production model is going to be all that and a bag of chips.

But, before I go making a mess all over myself getting too excited about this concept, let’s talk about why I think it’s going to be the world’s ultimate tuner. We don’t know for 100-percent certainty what will actually motivate the road-going Type R, but Honda just went to all the trouble of building the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, VTEC powerplant with 306 horsepower, so that’s the most likely candidate. In the old Type R – you know, the one we didn’t get here in the U.S. – it was enough to push the car to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds on the way to 167 mph. But, the Civic Type R now has to compete with cars like the Ford Focus RS, so we expect to see a fair jump in performance. How big of a bump is the real question.

Given the fact that the Focus RS pushes 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque here in the U.S., you can expect similar numbers from the Type R. Even better yet, that 2.0-liter VTEC tachs out 200 rpm higher that the Focus RS, so the Type R could have just a little more push in that department. Sure, the Civic is FWD, and the Focus RS is RWD, but that doesn’t matter at this point. In the end, if the road-going Type R looks as good as this concept, and we suspect it will, it already looks better than the RS, and I think Honda is going to do well on the power front too.

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PostHeaderIcon This Is The Honda Civic Type R We've All Been Waiting For

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The long-awaited, U.S.-bound Honda Civic Type R has finally arrived. Okay, so this is a prototype version if we’re going to be technical about it. But by and large, we can at least expect the production Type R to look a lot like this prototype, albeit with some tweaks here and there and the fact that the production model will come in hot hatchback form.

There’s obviously plenty to pore through here but the Civic Type R prototype’s striking appearance takes precedence over anything else. It’s still largely based on the 2017 Honda Civic, which isn’t a surprise. But Honda also delivered on its promise in making the new Civic Type R the sportiest and most aggressive iteration of the Civic that it’s ever made to the point that it has a little bit of the Subaru WRX STI feel to it. The hood scoop is less pronounced, but it’s still noticeable on the Type R. The fenders are enormous, as are the air vents.

The smoked LED headlights are nice touches and the wheel arches are flared, which isn’t at all a surprise given Honda’s goal of driving the car’s sportiness to another level. And let’s not forget those carbon fiber skirts, the three exhaust outlets, and that massive fixed rear spoiler. All these elements combine to make a car that’s definitely going to get its share of attention when it arrives in the U.S. in the early part of 2017.

Is it safe to say that the hype and anticipation surrounding the Honda Civic Type R’s entry into the US market is going to be at a fever pitch after the prototype’s official debut at the Paris Motor Show? To that question, my answer is a resounding yes!.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda S Dream Streamliner Sets Speed Record At Bonneville Salt Flats

Triumph’s attempt to set the land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats may have been scuttled, but that wasn’t the case for Honda and its Honda S Dream Streamliner, which set a new FIA world record for a vehicle in its class (Category-A Group-1 Class-4) by hitting an average top speed of 261.875 mph over the flying mile at the Salt Flats. It also posted an average of 261.96 mph over the flying kilometer.

The Dream Streamliner accomplished its goal using a heavily modified version of the 660-cc engine that’s based on the three-cylinder engine that was designed for the Honda S660. Using that 660-cc engine to set the world speed record was always the company’s number one objective, as project leader Keisuke Tsuta admitted in a press release.

The record-setting run may have looked easy as the posted time of 261.865 miles over the flying mile was already faster than the 227.776 mph it set on the first day of the shootout to break the FIA record. Getting there, though, proved to be the difficult part as the team poured through every nook and cranny of the S660 engine and reworked a host of its components to get three times the power than the engine was capable of producing in stock form. Several runs soon took place, including some at the Bonneville Speed Week where the team was unable to reach the speed it needed to break the record.

Despite all of the issues that the team had in preparing the Dream Streamliner, the vehicle stood tall when it was finally time to attempt the world record run, not only becoming the fastest vehicle in its class, but also becoming the fastest vehicle Honda has ever developed, eclipsing the BAR Honda F1 race car that hit an average top speed of 246.9 mph over the flying mile at the Salt Flats in 2006.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Developing Augmented Reality Safety Systems for In-Car Use

While all-electric power and autonomous driving systems grab most of the headlines these days, there’s another piece of tech out there that’s worthy of your consideration – augmented reality (AR). It’s the same stuff used in the video game sensation Pokemon Go, but rather than imprisoning adorable monsters, some folks are interested in using it for four-wheeled applications. The latest automotive AR news comes from Honda, which just filed two patents that outline how the technology can be used to enhance safety behind the wheel. While Honda has yet to release an official statement on the technology, the patents summarize systems that allow drivers to avoid pedestrians and rear-end collisions.

Essentially, the patents propose a system that pulls images and information from various onboard sensors, then relays that info to the driver through a heads-up display that projects it onto the windshield, revealing what would normally be obstructed or out of sight.

One of the patents shows a system that detects pedestrians, then shows the driver an AR display of an intersection dotted by pedestrians, including those in the driver’s blind spot.

A second patent incorporates vehicle-to-vehicle communication whereby the distance between two cars is projected into the driver’s field of vision. Should a car ahead of the group brake heavily or identify an obstruction, it will relay that information to the cars behind it, with the drivers notified by an AR display.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda NSX Will Cost Significantly More In Japan Compared To The Nissan GT-R NISMO

You would think that for an automaker that comes from Japan, its home market would get first dibs on any of the cars it builds. But that’s not the case with the Honda NSX. Apparently, the Japanese market isn’t getting the NSX until 2017, much later than other countries like the U.S. and Australia. Even more curious, the NSX will come with a base price of ¥23.7 million in Japan, or the equivalent of $235,000 based on current exchange rates. That amount is not only 50 percent higher than the supercar’s base price in the U.S. of $156,000, but it’s also a lot more expensive than the Nissan GT-R Nismo in Japan. For the record, the GT-R Nismo is priced at ¥18.7 million in Japan, or around $186,340.

It sounds ridiculous that a Japanese supercar costs more in its manufacturer’s homeland compared to international markets, but if you pull the curtains behind the development of the NSX, a number of revealing informations will tell you that it’s not as it might seen. First, the NSX, despite “technically” being a Japanese supercar, is actually being produced in the U.S., specifically at the automaker’s new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. That puts it in the “imported car” category, which traditionally carries a higher tax rate than local or regional cars. Then there’s the issue of Japan’s other tax rates, not the least of which includes an eight percent gas-guzzler tax that adds to the rising price tag of the supercar. Throw all of these charges together with the NSX’s base price in Japan and you get to that rather exorbitant figure.

In any event, Japanese customers aren’t obliged to buy the NSX if they feel that it’s not worth the price of owning one. Those who don’t mind paying a premium for the car now have a chance to get a hold of one as NSX Performance Dealers in Japan are now accepting applications for the supercar. Only 100 units will be made available in the first year with deliveries expected to begin on February 27, 2017, or May 2017 in the case of models that come with iron brake rotors.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Filed Patent For 11-Speed, Triple-Clutch Transmission

While two decades ago seven-speed transmissions for passenger cars were unheard of, they are quite common today. Actually, automatic transmissions have been receiving additional cogs on a regular basis, with several vehicles using eight- and nine-speed automatics. More recently, Ford and GM have announced plans to introduce a jointly-developed 10-cog unit, but a patent that Honda filed with the Japanese Patent Office suggests that in the future we might use transmissions with even more gears.

According to AutoGuide, the Japanese manufacturer filed a patent for a new 11-speed gearbox that will use three clutches (instead of just two). The patent describes a transmission that shifts quicker and delivers better fuel economy. The third clutch is also supposed to reduce the drop in torque that occurs during up shifts on a regular dual-clutch gearbox, but there’s no information as to how the unit actually works.

Also, there’s no mention of what type of vehicle this transmission would eventually be offered in, but it sounds like it could find a home in small, fuel economy-oriented cars. It could also be used on the company’s future sports cars, as well as in larger vehicles in need of better fuel economy. On the other hand, it might not make it on the market at all, as patents don’t always spawn mass-produced parts.

The patent was published on May 27, 2016, and is no longer available on the Japanese patent office’s website. Stick around for updates, we’ll be back as soon as we get fresh info.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Civic Hatchback

When Honda released the revamped tenth-generation Civic earlier this year, it looked like the H Badge had redeemed itself for the lackluster ninth-generation vehicle that came before, blessing the ubiquitous compact nameplate with fresh underpinnings, an updated cabin, and new powerplant options. Now, there’s a five-door hatchback on the way, and thankfully, it offers all that good stuff, plus the option for a true-blue six-speed manual transmission to mate with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-banger. Best of all, it’s coming to the U.S.

Most performance enthusiasts will want to wait until they can get their hands on the 168-mph Civic Type-R, but if waiting just isn’t an option (or 168 mph seems a bit unnecessary), then the plain-Jane hatch could be a viable alternative. It’s got the same platform as the R, but doesn’t bash the sensibilities like the top-spec boy-racer special.

Thing is, U.S. consumers usually go for crossovers, not hatchbacks. Can the tenth-gen Civic be the exception to the rule?

Updated 08/15/2016: Honda just released specs and the first official photos of the upcoming Civic hatchback!


PostHeaderIcon Honda Files Patent For Name That Could Be Used In A Smaller NSX

The triumphant return of the Honda NSX jolted some life back to the automaker’s sports car offerings. Now there are talks of another sports car entering the fray, and if this rumored model is as legitimate as some people have claimed it to be, the automaker’s recent filing of the letters “ZSX” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office is as good a sign as any that another sports coupe could be on its way.

The Japanese company filed the trademark on July 26, essentially reserving it for use on any type of vehicle, motorcycles and watercrafts, included. There is a possibility, slim as it may be, that the ZSX name could be used for a very different purpose. A new bike, perhaps? But the resemblance to the NSX name is what’s causing a lot of people to start connecting the dots. Is the rumored “baby NSX” going to be called the ZSX?

Honda has been mum on that issue, but according to Automoto, the company is scheduled to pull the covers off of a new concept at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. This will eventually spawn into the much talked-about entry-level version of the NSX. The source, a Honda engineer from Japan, also claims that the model will initially be available as a coupe, but will be quickly followed by a version with a removable roof. It is also said to feature a hybrid engine, much like the NSX, made up of two electric motors and the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s currently being used in the Honda Civic Type R.

This isn’t the first time that news of a mini NSX sports car has surfaced. There’s already been talks within Honda of building an S2000 successor in the vein of the current NSX and just last month, NSX project boss Ted Klaus made the most significant declaration, telling Autocar that the NSX is being treated more as a platform than an actual model and that its platform is being prepared to give rise to a number of different versions, including a non-hybrid, a lightweight model, an all-electric versions, and a convertible model.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda And SoftBank Team Up To Make Cars That Can Feel Emotion

Japanese telecoms and Internet giant SoftBank has announced that it will team up with Honda to create cars that can communicate with their human pilots on an emotional level. The proposed touchy-feely machines would utilize advanced artificial intelligence capable of reading a human’s emotional state and computing context-based awareness, effectively turning an everyday conveyance into a four-wheeled digital buddy.

According to a recent report in Fortune, SoftBank sees myriad applications for the technology, including both practical uses (offering help with parking) and psychological benefits (keeping the driver company on a long trip).

The proposal comes on the heels of SoftBank’s $32 billion acquisition of ARM Holdings, a U.K.-based computer chip design company that provides hardware for a slew of smart devices, including phones, tablets, and TVs, as well as automotive applications (ABS sensors, etc.).

SoftBank has already made significant strides in the areas of robotics and AI technology. The company’s most famous advance is Pepper, a humanoid robot introduced in 2014 that uses a slew of sensors, cameras, and microphones to “perceive” human emotion and provide “genuine day-to-day [companionship].”

Of course, Honda brings more to the table than just its expertise in building cars. The automaker also has a robot of its own – ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility), which is capable of recognizing movement, expressions, posture, and gestures, as well as moving in a bipedal, human-like manner.

Masayoshi Son, the billionaire CEO of SoftBank, had this to say: “Imagine if robots, with their super intelligence, devoted themselves to humans. And imagine that cars themselves became supercomputers or robots one day. Honda will be the first to adopt this technology.”

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PostHeaderIcon Honda "Sonic the Hedgehog" Civic

Comic-Con has kicked off for 2016 and, needless to say, things there are pretty wild. This year just happens to mark the 25th anniversary of Sega’s legendary blue hedgehog, Sonic, and the game that has always been a flagship for Sega. If you’re wondering why I’m talking about a video game character here on TopSpeed, your concern wouldn’t exactly be unwarranted as – outside of his relentless speed – he really has nothing to do with anything cars, right? Well, that isn’t exactly true, as Sega and Honda have teamed up to bring a special version of the Honda Civic to Comic-Con this year. And, believe it or not, it’s all about the fast-footed hedgehog we’ve all grown to love.

James Jenkins, Honda’s Public Relations Manager, said, “What better way to showcase the incredibly sporty performance capability of the 10th generation Civic than by pairing it with gaming industry’s ultimate athlete – Sonic the Hedgehog. As the fan favorite game and character celebrates his 25th anniversary on the scene, we hope that all Sonic fans – those who remember playing years ago and those who continue playing today – rejoice in his all-new ride, as much as we enjoyed creating it.”

The special-edition model is based on the 10th-generation, 2016 Honda Civic Touring Sedan and features a number of special design cues that pay tribute to Sonic himself. As such, the car comes standard with a number of features from Honda, like a fuel efficient engine, plenty of safety and driver assistant technology, and an infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among other things. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the Sonic Civic and what went into making the car that pays perfect tribute to Sega’s flagship character.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Accord Sport Special Edition

The 2017 Honda Accord just hit showrooms on June 20, 2016, and with it came a new trim level dubbed the Sport Special Edition. As such, the new trim sits on the lower side of the spectrum, taking up the spot between the entry-level Accord LX and the Accord EX, so it’s not a trim you’re going to have to pay a fortune to position yourself in either. With that said, the Sport SE comes in three different versions – the first and cheapest comes with a six-speed manual, the mid-level includes a CVT transmission, and the third comes with a CVT and the Honda Sensing Safety Package. Don’t let its position in the Accord hierarchy fool you; this lower trim level actually comes pretty well-equipped.

Jeff Conrad, the Vice President for Honda division, said, “ [The] Accord continues to set the bar in its class with customers making it the top retail selling car in America for three years running. We’re proud to offer an expanded lineup with the new Sport Special Edition and the 2017 Accord Hybrid as we continue to advance Accord’s position as a true benchmark in its class, offering an unbeatable combination of style, efficiency, fun-to-drive performance and connectivity in the midsize sedan segment.”

With that said, don’t get your hopes up thinking there are any drastic differences to the body or anything. On the outside, the general look remains the same, but that just means it has a good foundation. And, with the Accord’s 2.4-liter engine, it has decent power blended with decent fuel economy. There are eight exterior colors to choose from but just one interior color. So, let’s take a closer look at the new Accord Sport SE and see what all the hype is about.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Civic Type R Sets New Lap Records At 5 European Race Tracks

The new Honda Civic Type R has set lap records for no fewer than five race tracks across Europe. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the Civic Type R is now the fastest front-wheel drive production car on the Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Estoril, and Hungaroring.

The new benchmarks were set in just two months. The campaign started in April at Silverstone, wheree three-time British Touring Car Championsip winner Matt Neal set a lap time of 2:31.85. In May, Honda moved to Belgium’s iconic Spa-Francorchamps, where Honda Racing driver Rob Huff drove the high-performance hatchback to an amazing 2:56.91-minute lap.

The third record was achieved later the same month, when Norbert Michelisz, another member of Honda’s World Touring Car Championship squad, piloted the car around Italy’s famous Monza track in 2:15.16. Also in May, Honda established its fourth record on Portugal’s Estoril circuit. With Tiago Monteiro, the driver who was supposed to drive the Civic Type R on home turf, injured during the WTCC Race of Germany, Honda turned to Bruno Correia for the official lap. The Portuguese needed only 2:04.08 to lap Estoril.

Finally, Honda arrived at the Hungaroring track in Hungary on June 6, where local favorite Norbert Michelisz pushed the Japanese hatchback to a 2:10.85 lap and the car’s fifth record.

“This challenge secures Civic Type R’s position as the benchmark in the front wheel drive performance segment. With the support of our touring car stars, it is a fitting testament to the team who engineered and designed it as the ultimate race car for the road,” said Philip Ross, senior vice president of Honda Motor Europe.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Civic Type R Sets New Lap Records At 5 European Race Tracks

The new Honda Civic Type R has set lap records for no fewer than five race tracks across Europe. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the Civic Type R is now the fastest front-wheel drive production car on the Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza, Estoril, and Hungaroring.

The new benchmarks were set in just two months. The campaign started in April at Silverstone, wheree three-time British Touring Car Championsip winner Matt Neal set a lap time of 2:31.85. In May, Honda moved to Belgium’s iconic Spa-Francorchamps, where Honda Racing driver Rob Huff drove the high-performance hatchback to an amazing 2:56.91-minute lap.

The third record was achieved later the same month, when Norbert Michelisz, another member of Honda’s World Touring Car Championship squad, piloted the car around Italy’s famous Monza track in 2:15.16. Also in May, Honda established its fourth record on Portugal’s Estoril circuit. With Tiago Monteiro, the driver who was supposed to drive the Civic Type R on home turf, injured during the WTCC Race of Germany, Honda turned to Bruno Correia for the official lap. The Portuguese needed only 2:04.08 to lap Estoril.

Finally, Honda arrived at the Hungaroring track in Hungary on June 6, where local favorite Norbert Michelisz pushed the Japanese hatchback to a 2:10.85 lap and the car’s fifth record.

“This challenge secures Civic Type R’s position as the benchmark in the front wheel drive performance segment. With the support of our touring car stars, it is a fitting testament to the team who engineered and designed it as the ultimate race car for the road,” said Philip Ross, senior vice president of Honda Motor Europe.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda CR-Z Alpha Final Label

The Honda CR-Z came to be in 2010, when it joined the Insight model in the company’s hybrid lineup. Developed on a similar recipe and powered by a small-displacement gasoline engine and an electric motor, the CR-Z essentially replaced the first-gen Insight, which had lost its three-door configuration when its replacement arrived in 2009. The CR-Z was also marketed as a spiritual successor to the CR-X, a sport compact that Honda sold between 1983 and 1991. Although it was received with great enthusiasm, the CR-Z soon began to struggle on various markets and dwindling sales prompted Honda to halt production at the end of 2016 without developing a successor.

With the hybrid sports coupe set to get the axe in a few months, Honda is now offering one last iteration of the CR-Z. Dubbed Alpha Final Label, the last limited-edition to leave the Suzuka factory will be sold in Japan only. Far from featuring any significant upgrades, the Final Label is just a slightly polished CR-Z with two new exterior paints, bespoke wheels, and minor touches inside the cabin. The limited-edition vehicle will be sold in Japan only, which is yet another sign that the CR-Z is struggling to meet its global targets.

A replacement is rumored to arrive sometime in 2018, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the model set to put an end to the first-generation CR-Z.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Patents Engine With Different-Sized Cylinders

“The internal combustion engine is on its last legs!” We hear it all the time, usually from some source with vested interest in an all-electric alternative. And while the finite nature of petroleum is undeniable, the technology behind its utilization for transportation continues to improve, considerably extending the life of the ICE by making it more powerful and more economical – at the same time. Honda has been doing it for ages now, with previous innovations including its VTEC variable valve timing system. Now, the H-badge is at it again, this time with an engine sporting different-sized cylinders.

That’s the news coming from Autoguide, which reports Honda has filed a patent outlining the technology for it’s next-gen engine lineup, including inline two-cylinders, inline three-cylinders, inline four-cylinders, and V-6 powerplants. 

Essentially, the technology uses different strokes for each cylinder. When combined with cylinder deactivation technology, it allows for a multitude of displacement combinations, therefore varying total engine displacement to best suit a given situation. For example, if Honda built a four-cylinder engine and each cylinder had a different displacement, there would be 15 different possible configurations, and therefore, 15 different options for displacement.

So far, there’s no word as to whether or not Honda will actually incorporate the tech on a production car, but here’s to hoping we’ll see it soon.

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PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed's Top Automotive Picks For Moms

It’s Mother’s Day, and we here at TopSpeed wanna show our love and gratitude to all those hardworking mamas out there. But you know, we’re not exactly big on the whole flowers and breakfast in bed thing, so instead, we’ve put together a list of our top seven automotive picks for moms. In this list, we look at a variety of price points and cover all the major family-oriented segments, including minivans, hatchbacks, compact crossovers, mid-size SUVs, full-size SUVs, wagons, and even something for moms with a craving for velocity. We also talk about features and what makes each pick stand out from the crowd when it comes to things moms might want.

What do you think of our picks? Are we missing a model? What’s your choice for the best mom-mobile? Let us know in the comments section. And don’t forget to call your mom!

Continue reading for our top automotive picks for moms.


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