Spyshots of a New 2017 Honda Civic Type R

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Honda will be drawing in the crowd’s at October’s Paris Motor Show with an all-new Civic Type R, but we’ve got our first look of a prototype testing on UK roads. Our exclusive images also give you a sneak preview before the covers come off.

The disguised prototype of the next mega hatch was spotted in London by Richard Lane, subeditor at Auto Express’ sister publication evo magazine. The chunky rear bumper with diffuser, rear spoiler, big wheels and side skirts are the only real hint of the performance on offer, but the front (not pictured) is said to be more aggressive in look. Unusually, the SEAT Leon Cupra rival sports three tailpipes, rather than the usual two or four, but it’s likely that Honda is simply testing various exhaust layouts.

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Even though the current model – limited to 2,500 models in the UK – only launched last year, the manufacturer will preview the next Type R with a concept in France, and the production version will then make its way into showrooms next September. The concept will make its debut on the show stand alongside the standard version of the all new 10-th generation hatch.

One of the key areas of controversy that the new Type R will address is the styling. Honda will attempt to broaden the appeal of the hot hatch with a more subtle and mature design approach replacing the current model’s divisive, extreme look. The most obvious change will be the deletion of the rear wing, while a softer front bumper and back diffuser will also come in.

Trademark Civic Type R design cues such as the red bumper detailing, flared wheelarches and oversized air intakes will remain, but the styling will be far more restrained in comparison with the current model.

Engineers will also turn their attention to the powertrain. Auto Express understands the concept car will be powered by a tuned version of the current 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, which will then go on to feature in the production model.

Current performance figures of 306bhp and 400Nm of torque are expected to increase to around 340bhp and 450Nm. The official 0-62mph time could drop to around five seconds – seven-tenths of a second quicker than today’s model.

Despite the huge reserves of power, it’s also believed Honda will stick with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. This means the new Type R should move clear of the limited-run, two-seater Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S to become the world’s most powerful front-drive hot hatch – although it’s not known if Honda will try to reclaim the front-wheel-drive Nurburgring lap record from its rival. The lack of aero on the upcoming model also means the current Type R’s 168mph top speed could rise.

Updates inside will focus on quality, with a slicker and better-integrated infotainment display replacing the current aftermarket-style system.

The more traditional bodyshape will also mean a boost in practicality for the Civic. The new Type R will be around 30mm wider, 20mm lower and 130mm longer than at present. It will be built at the Honda facility in Swindon, Wiltshire, alongside the standard hatchback, with production starting late next year.

New 2017 Honda Civic Type R is taking shape

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Honda will be looking to hog the limelight at October’s Paris Motor Show  as it rolls out an all-new, more powerful and even faster version of its legendary Civic Type R.

Even though the current model – limited to 2,500 models in the UK – only launched last year, the manufacturer will preview the next Type R with a concept in France, and the production version will then make its way into showrooms next September. The concept will make its debut on the show stand alongside the standard version of the all new 10th generation hatch.

One of the key areas the new Type R will address is the styling, as illustrated by our exclusive images. Honda will attempt to broaden the appeal of the hot hatch with a more subtle design instead of the current model’s divisive, extreme look. The most obvious change will be the deletion of the rear wing, while a softer front bumper and back diffuser will also come in.

Trademark Civic Type R design cues such as the red bumper detailing, flared wheelarches and oversized air intakes will remain, but the styling will be far more restrained in comparison with the current model.

Engineers will also turn their attention to the powertrain. The concept car will be powered by a tuned version of the current 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, which will then go on to feature in the production model.

Current performance figures of 306bhp and 400Nm of torque are expected to increase to around 340bhp and 450Nm. The official 0-62mph time could drop to around five seconds – seven-tenths of a second quicker than today’s model.

Despite the huge reserves of power, it’s also believed Honda will stick with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. This means the new Type R should move clear of the limited-run, two-seater Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S to become the world’s most powerful front-drive hot hatch – although it’s not known if Honda will try to reclaim the front-wheel-drive Nurburgring lap record from its rival. The lack of aero on the upcoming model also means the current Type R’s 168mph top speed could rise.

Updates inside will focus on quality, with a slicker and better-integrated infotainment display replacing the current aftermarket-style system.

The more traditional bodyshape will also mean a boost in practicality for the Civic. The new Type R will be around 30mm wider, 20mm lower and 130mm longer than at present. It will be built at the Honda facility in Swindon, Wiltshire, alongside the standard hatchback, with production starting late next year.

New 2017 Honda Civic: spy shots, specs and prices

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Honda’s striking new Brit-built Civic is spotted again undisguised in the UK. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2017 hatch

Honda‘s current Civic is due a replacement, and the new car is getting ever closer to Honda showrooms. The all-new 2017 Honda Civic, which is being built in Britain, gets a sporty design overhaul as we can see in the latest spy shots taken by an Auto Express reader that show undisguised cars on a trailer making the trip to Southampton docks. 

A concept version of the new, global Honda Civic was first revealed at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Now, though, our spies are regularly spotting the production car undergoing testing on the road. We’ve seen our first glimpse of the cabin and now a clear look at the bodywork without camouflage. The car’s due on sale in February 2017 with prices from around £15,000.

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Honda has confirmed the production car will be the first in its range to feature the new 1.0 and 1.5-litre VTEC turbo engines, along with a heavily revised 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel. It’ll be built at the brand’s manufacturing facility in Swindon, where a £215m investment in new technology and processes has been made to get ready for the new model.

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New Honda Civic design

As you can see from these images, the family hatch loses the current version’s high back, instead featuring a lower roofline with a steep rear screen. The bonnet is much longer than before as well, and it looks like the new model will get a sportier front bumper – a toned-down version of the one on the concept car.

At the back the central twin exhaust pipes from the concept remain, suggesting that this could be a quicker Type S model. You can just about make out the new taillights as well, which are also inspired by the concept’s boomerang-shaped rear lamps.

Inside, the design appears a lot more conventional than the exterior, but even in these spy images you can see quality has improved significantly. The dash design is driver focused, with a central touchscreen set to be used, while you can spot deeply set digital instruments. 

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Acura NSX will come in different flavors, and yes, one is a Type R


The new NSX supercar still has some tricks up its sleeve

Good as it is, the new Acura NSX is not the pure sports car that came out of Japan in 1991: That NSX had a mid-mounted naturally aspirated 3.0-liter V6 that spins to 8,000 rpm, less than a 3,000-pound curb weight and a suspension so good Gordon Murray tried to emulate it for the McLaren F1. The new NSX is … well, it’s complicated.
Now some of that original purity could be returning, according to NSX chief engineer Ted Klaus.
For example, we figured an NSX Type R was on its way, and Klaus has confirmed our suspicions and more in an interview with Autocar. There’s a chance this car could ditch its electric motors and battery packs, too. Klaus said that making a “more pure, simplified version” was pretty straightforward and that there was “an appetite for it” within Honda. This non-electrified NSX would most certainly have to be rear-wheel drive too, since the electric motors are the only things turning the front wheels in the current car.

A lightweight, gas-only-powered NSX sounds more like the NSX of yore, and we couldn’t be happier to hear it’s a possibility.
In addition to a barebones NSX, we could also see an all-electric and convertible version spawned from the current car. Acura entered an all-electric version of the NSX at Pikes Peak to explore the possibility of something like that working for the road.

Also, the roof was chopped off before when they switched the original from the coupe to a targa top in 1995, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see again.

Honda NSX Type R and all-electric models planned


The Honda NSX is considered by its maker to be “a platform” rather than a single model, meaning that a whole host of different versions are likely to be launched over the model’s life cycle.According to NSX project boss Ted Klaus, Honda is contemplating convertible, lightweight, non-hybrid and all-electric versions, one of which is set to wear the Type R badge. The NSX, which will reach the UK in right-hand drive form this autumn, will initially have a hybrid powertrain, with a twinturbo 3.5-litre V6 combining with three electric motors for a total 573bhp output. The car is currently in production in the US, in a new factory in Ohio called the Performance Manufacturing Centre.
Honda intends to use the new facility to produce the different versions in order to get a return on the significant investment it has made in the new NSX, a model it hopes will reinvigorate the firm’s performance image.
With the standard NSX (pictured below) in production, Klaus said it represented an opportunity for Honda to “experiment” with new technology. “It’s a special car, with new technology, developing technology, that we can be leaders in and help us understand where the brand is going,” he said.
Klaus said Honda was now at various stages with the NSX. It had completed development of the standard model and was starting to look at the NSX as a platform and a way to “start to dream of new technologies”.
Honda entered a lightweight version of the NSX in the recent Pikes Peak rally event in the US, and Klaus said it was “the general direction we wish to go” with the NSX.

He added that making a “more pure, simplified version” was “in some ways more straightforward” and that there was “an appetite for it” within Honda.
Honda also entered an all-electric version of the NSX at Pikes Peak, with four individually controlled electric motors. Klaus said the team wanted to investigate torque vectoring while testing battery durability and power electronics, which are two other engineering obstacles standing between the car and production. “There are other technical issues to solve, but that’s why we had one there,” he said.
He also said there was “nothing in the way of it being non-electrified”, meaning a purely petrol-powered NSX was another likely model, which, in combination with a lightweight body, could make for a Type R version.
Klaus said any Type R Honda needed to be “the most focused version of any platform” and that the base car had been, in effect, over-engineered in order to accommodate harder, faster versions and different powertrains.

The “most American” vehicles


GM crossovers and Ford F-150s

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. finished first and second in a study that takes a look at a vehicle’s American makeup.
GM’s crossover trio of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia had the high score of 90 in the 2016 Kogod Made in America Auto Index.
Ford’s F-150 pickup was second with a score of 85.
American University’s Kogod School of Business produced the index with Associate Professor of International Business Frank DuBois leading it. This is the fourth year the study has been completed.
The Kogod index builds off of the American Automobile Labeling Act in 1994, which required automakers to provide information on the window sticker including U.S. and Canadian parts content, country of assembly and country of origin for the engine and transmission.
However, with AALA data, U.S. and Canadian content are combined into one number. Automakers are allowed to round up a part that is potentially only 70 percent U.S./Canadian to 100 percent U.S./Canadian.
The index said Kogod’s method provides consumers “with a more accurate view of their vehicle’s composition.”

GM crossovers and Ford F-150s

2016 Ford F-150 Limited SuperCrew 4×4 with 3.5L EcoBoost engine in White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat. Photo by Ford

For a vehicle’s total score, the index takes seven criteria into account. This includes:
— Profit margin: If an automaker’s global headquarters is in the U.S., the vehicle receives 6 points. If not U.S. based, the model receives 0 points.
— Labor: If a model is assembled in the U.S., it receives 6 points. It receives 0 points if not.
— Research and development: If the vehicle is a product of a U.S. company, it receives 6 points. If the vehicle is the product of a foreign company but is assembled in the U.S., the score bumps down to 3 points. An import receives 1 point.
— Inventory, capital and other expenses: A vehicle receives 11 points if assembled in the U.S. If not, it receives 0 points.
— Engine: If the engine is produced in the U.S., the vehicle gets 14 points. If not, it receives zero points.
— Transmission: A U.S. produced transmission equals 7 points. If not, the vehicle receives 0 points.
— Body, chassis and electrical components: 50 percent of a vehicle’s score is assigned to this category. The vehicle’s AALA percentage is divided into two to derive this score.

The highest score for a foreign automaker’s vehicle was the Honda Accord with a score of 81, good for fifth place.

There were 338 vehicles in the index. 56 vehicles tied for last, 75th place, with a score of 1.
GM took the top spot in 2015’s index with the Buick Enclave, Cadillac CTS coupe, Chevrolet Corvette automatic, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia and Acadia Denali each scoring 87.5 points. Components of the index are based on research conducted by the Center for Automotive Research, which looked into the economic value of different components of auto manufacturing.
“The index finds that foreign companies were more likely to use fewer U.S. produced parts, even if they utilize American manufacturing locations,” the index said. “U.S. economic impact is lower, as the vehicle’s home country receives much of its profits. While the data contained in the AALA is important, a true index of “localness” must recognize other things such as company’s country of origin, as well as the location of its research and development activities.” 

Honda Civic Type R Falls Victim To The Green Hell

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Even though it wouldn’t be fair to say that the Nurburgring likes to chew up and spit out hot hatchbacks, here’s another example of one that flipped over violently after hitting the barrier.

The driver lost control before the turn, couldn’t regain it and smashed into the barrier, causing the car to flip over multiple times before landing on its wheels.

Thankfully, both driver and passenger got out of the car on their own two feet, albeit obviously shaken up by the force of the crash. While the Type R is in the air you can even see the curtain airbags waving around because of the spin, which also makes for a scary sight.

While this impact doesn’t seem to be as bad as the one that caused This Megane RS to take fight, it still makes for one of the scariest crashes we’ve seen on the ‘Ring.

As far as we can tell, this is the same treacherous section of the track (the one with the crest) that causes liftoff oversteer mayhem among FWD cars, so that may have been what first initiated the spin.

I am leaving you all a link to watch it on youtube! Enjoy! @SSAmotors