Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Si

If you really can’t wait for the Type R version to arrive in the States, or don’t have the extra $10k+ it will require to purchase it, Honda will kindly let you buy a nice shiny new Civic Si starting tomorrow. Although the power specs don’t look like much of an improvement over the last version, the fact it’s got a turbo charger in there means much more go from way down low, along with the very real possibility of a big bump with a little mild tuning on the ECU. Anyway, full press release below with all the additional info you might be craving.

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The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe and Civic Si Sedan will go on sale at Honda dealerships beginning tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 starting at $23,900 for either the Si Coupe or Si Sedan. The exciting and dynamic Civic Si duo, revealed just last month, are the latest and sportiest additions to the 10th-generation Civic lineup, the most ambitious remake of Civic in the model’s 44-year history.

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NSX Car Configurator is Live

NSX Desktop

If you want to lose an hour or two of your life, you can head over here right now. Looks incredible – initial driving impressions didn’t seem so hot, but maybe it just requires a little software update or something to make it perfect…

Ayrton Senna NSX For Sale

Senna NSXIf you ever wanted to own a piece of automotive history, Top Gear has the details on the upcoming sale of this NSX owned by the legend known as Ayrton Senna. Given he was part of the reason this 20 year old supercar was as good as it was, it seems like the perfect way to pretend you can drive half as well as he could. And if you’re still not convinced, watch him take the NSX around Suzuka (white socks and all).

The Ghost of Ayrton Senna – Suzuka 1989

Taking the actual data from Senna’s car at the 89 Grand Prix, Honda recreated his drive using light and sound.

(video link courtesy of my little brother back in the UK)

2015 Honda (or Acura over here) NSX

Honda NSX 2015The car that has been talked about for at least the last 10 years seems like it’s finally making a little more progress in the never ending trek to public release. The nice folks at Honda supplied the pic, along with the announcement at the Tokyo Motor Show that the car will use a V6 engine with a couple of turbos bolted on. Rumors of an 8 speed flappy paddle gearbox being specifically developed for this model are also doing the rounds – I had long given up any sort of hope that this would come with a manual gearbox.

Acura (Honda) NSX Concept

Acura 2012 NSX ConceptHonda (or technically Acura over here) released a concept of the next version of the NSX at the recent Detroit Motor Show. Apart from looking pretty spectacular, it has the usual Honda fill of brand new technology, including additional (electric) engines to sort out the all wheel drive portion of the handling. All sounds very complicated to me, but the engineers in the program promise it will stay close to it’s driving for fun roots. No idea when it’s due to come out, but it’s definitely one to keep an eye on. (via PistonHeads)

Interesting side fact – despite the original NSX falling firmly into the exotic/supercar band when it was released, if you take a look at a recent Porsche Boxster spec (weight, bhp, torque , performance and engine position), they’re pretty night on identical. Hows that for progress?

New Honda CR-V out in the wild

It appears that one of the Honda designers was the only fan of the Pontiac Aztek from the look of this thing. Check out the photos here

(I thought about putting the picture up on the blog directly, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. That and the 300 copyright signs all over them)