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    Turbo Honda Civic Type R revealed

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    New production-ready Honda Civic Type R hot hatch debuts at the Geneva motor show with V-TEC Turbo engine – wants Renault Megane RS blood. 

    Honda has finally taken the wraps off its new turbocharged Civic Type R hot hatch at the Geneva motor show. There have been countless teaser images, leaks, concept cars and spy images but now finally, the Civic you see here is the real deal.

    As expected, the new model is turbocharged so there’s no 9000rpm redline, but the added grunt means this Type R will kick harder than any before. Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder V-TEC Turbo engine producing 306hp, while the 0-62mph sprint takes just 5.7 seconds.

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    Unlike the new Ford Focus RS, the Civic is sticking to its guns, using a front-wheel drive setup with all kinds of clever suspension bits to reduce torque steer and understeer normally associated with really powerful front drivers. Honda is calling it Dual Axis front suspension, but it’s basically the same as the old Revo Knuckle system fitted to the last front-drive Focus RS which uses a traditional MacPherson suspension setup with an additional steering knuckle. It’s all a bit complicated but works.

    The rear suspension has also been tickled compared to the standard Civic, now featuring a ‘crushed pipe’ – sounds exciting, and apparently stiffens up the rear torsion beam suspension and gives less roll. There’s also adaptive dampers at each corner.

    Compared to the various concept cars that preceded it, the new Type R looks pretty sharp too. Most of the front end aggressiveness has carried over, so there’s a naughty front splitter, big air intakes, new headlights and wider arches which incorporate cooling ducts around the front wheels to reduce lift – just like the new 911 GT3 RS.

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    2016 Honda Civic Type R

    At the rear things have been toned down slightly so you don’t get the cool horn-shaped taillights which work into the rear spoiler, but you do get a pretty rowdy rear diffuser with quad exhaust tips. And I doubt anyone will complain the rear spoiler is too small…

    It isn’t subtle, it looks fast and has red Honda badges – anyone who’s a fan of fast V-TEC Hondas should be excited by this car.

    Inside it’s all a bit boy-racer with red bucket seats, but the whole dashboard and center console strikes me as looking a bit cheap and nasty – could be the photos, but maybe not. We’ll find out when the new Type R goes on sale in Europe in the coming months.

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  • Videos

    Honda’s Mean Mower – Cuts Grass, Not Corners (VIDEO)

    Honda has officially created the world’s fastest lawnmower. Not a sentence I thought I’d ever find myself saying.

    Honda are famed for their various engines and machines, but this really takes the cake. It comes of no real surprise that unveiled this beast of a lawnmower; it was only a matter of time. Not only can it reach blistering speeds, but it is still capable of mowing your lawn. Bonkers.

    It would be very tempted to impress the neighbors by mowing the lawn at 115mph.

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    Did You Fall For Honda’s DIY Car April Fools? (VIDEO)

    “The first Honda you can build at home”. Or so it seemed.

    In an elaborate April Fools video, Honda explored how you could create your own car from home, just in case you’re too hipster to drive one of those pre-made, mainstream car.

    The amusing commercial is definitely worth a watch, even if you’re left disappointed you couldn’t actually build your own Honda. Perhaps, in time… I’d buy one.

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    Handmade kombucha and yarn; why not cars?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8GLIJ_HQJ8

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  • News/ Tech

    Honda Eliminated The Driver’s Blind Spot With A Really Simple Technology

    These days, most advances in car safety come from newly minted technology: Cameras, sensors, radars, and computers let cars warn us of danger and even discuss it amongst themselves.

    These new technologies are good for automakers. They make driving safer, justify higher prices, and allow brands to distinguish themselves from the competition.

    Still, it’s refreshing to hear that Honda is taking a different approach.

    Rather than bolt a potentially expensive blind spot detection system to its new cars, it just made the side view mirror better.

    The result is the Expanded-View Driver’s Mirror, with a convex outer edge that provides a wider view. Consider the blind spot a thing of the past.

    Honda didn’t invent this idea; it’s not ground-breaking. What’s new is that in the past two years, the automaker has made the improved mirror a standard feature on most cars in its lineup, including all Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, and CR-Z models. It will be included on the all-new 2015 Fit.

    For Honda buyers who insist on shelling out more cash for high-tech features, there’s still hope. The LaneWatch system uses a camera in the passenger side door to show the view of the right side of the car in the center display. It’s a standard feature, but only on fancier Civic models, starting with the EX trim level (base price is $24,880).

    Here’s the 2014 Civic Hybrid, which comes with the Extended-View Driver’s Mirror, and starts for $24,635:

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    This Incredible Honda Ad Was The Best Car Commercial Of 2013 (VIDEO)

    This Incredible Honda Car Commercial Was The Best Car Commercial Of 2013 (VIDEO)

    This Incredible Honda Car Commercial Was The Best Car Commercial Of 2013 (VIDEO)
    Honda’s “Hands” ad from Wieden+Kennedy’s London office was named the best car ad on broadcast TV this past year by The One Club and here is why.

    The ad shows a pair of hands manipulating various miniature engines and cars under the tagline “Let’s see what curiosity can do”. The answer? ALOT! This is an sensationally mesmerising car commercial that illustrates the innovation that permeates not just through Honda cars, but the Honda brand as a whole. Incredible…

    Read more: businessinsider.com

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    Canadians Wreck Car, Set It On Fire To Keep From Freezing, Go To Jail

    Men get arrested for burning their car to survive.

    Canadians Wreck Car, Set It On Fire To Keep From Freezing, Go To Jail

    If this happened in America, it’s the sort of thing that could lead to mandatory DO NOT SET CAR ABLAZE stickers on everyone’s dash. But it’s from Canada, so no need to worry. Basically, two guys wrecked their Honda in a ditch, and then set it on fire so they wouldn’t freeze. It turns out this isn’t such a great idea.

    The two men were driving on December 28, about 150 miles or so south of Calgary on a rural road, which must have looked like a sea of snow and grey skies, when they lost control of their Honda and plowed into a ditch.

    That’s bad news, absolutely. But the actions they took next are what make this so puzzling. Instead of calling for help on the cell phones they both carried, or walking to find help, they decided to set their car on fire. Well, at first, just the seats from the car and, according to the article, “all of their personal belongings.” They were afraid of freezing to death, which, at about 5° F (-15°C), was certainly a concern.

    After the seats-fire went out, they just decided to torch the whole car, which, of course, got out of hand pretty quickly, which gave the men the novel status of being later treated for both burns and frostbite.

    In the morning, they found they were in easy walking distance of a house, which solved their crisis. Unsurprisingly, someone later called 911 about the smoldering wreckage, which led to one of the men being arrested for outstanding warrants.

    So maybe that’s why they didn’t call for help and burned their car instead? Or maybe it was just Canadian politeness, where they couldn’t bear the thought of having to bother anybody to come out in such miserable weather?

    Either way, the lesson is pretty clear: try not to set your car on fire!

    Via: Jalopnik

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