2018 Honda Civic Type R Long-Term Arrival: The Best Hot Hatch in Decades

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 13:05

We fell in “enthusiast” love with the Civic Type R in the first moments we drove it in Montreal last year. During its First Test, features editor Christian Seabaugh, who is never at a loss for words, said, “Thinking of clever ways to describe cars pays my bills, so rarely does a car leave me struggling to find words to describe it—yet that’s the situation I found myself in after driving the Honda Civic Type R. I settled for three: ‘Holy s—. Wow.’” A short time later, the Civic Type R earned Finalist status in our rigorous and comprehensive 2018 Car of the Year contest where our international bureau chief, Angus MacKenzie, wrote, “This is the most impressive new Honda I’ve driven since the original NSX.” Riding that impressive endorsement, we then pitted the Type R against its closest performance analogues: special edition versions of both the Ford Focus RS and Subaru WRX STI Type RA plus a VW Golf R. Again, the Civic Type R shined brightly, and handily—and unanimously—won that comparison test. With all of those exuberant endorsements, clearly we had to have our own Type R—for a year. Would living with the all-conquering Civic from Swindon, England, where it is built, tarnish its legitimate performance credentials?

In case you aren’t familiar with it yet, the Civic Type R (aka CTR) is built alongside other Civic hatchbacks, but it benefits from additional adhesives in key areas to enhance the unibody’s strength. It also receives specialized Type R¬–only suspension components: unique rear multilink setup and bushings and dual-axis struts up front that effectively separate the steering from the suspension. This clever and expensive mechanical solution effectively eliminates the power-induced torque-steer effect that often plagues powerful front-wheel-drive cars. Three-way adjustable solenoid-valve adaptive dampers round out the chassis. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four makes an honest 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, so there’s a mechanical (helical) limited-slip front differential to maintain traction. And not since the Honda S2000 has there been a manual shifter as tight and “snickety” as the six-speed in the Type R with its aluminum shift knob. The EPA says the most powerful Honda in the U.S. should earn 22/28/25 mpg city/highway/combined. Our average after 2,410 miles of mixed driving is 21.4 mpg with a best tankful of 25.5 mpg.

Currently, Honda doesn’t offer any options on the Civic Type R. It comes in one well-appointed Touring trim level but lacks the Honda Sensing safety suite and LaneWatch that come on the Touring trims of Honda’s other models. Instead, the Type R gets LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights; deeply bolstered racing-style front seats and two rear buckets; push-button start; cruise control; auto up/down front windows; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; voice-compatible navigation; a 7.0-inch high-resolution touchscreen; 12-speaker (including subwoofer) 540-watt audio system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/Bluetooth compatibility and SiriusXM; HD radio; 1.5- and 1.0-amp USB ports; and Honda Link with apps, Pandora, and SMS text compatibility. It comes loaded for the fair price of $35,595.

As soon as our 600-mile engine-conditioning period was complete, we took our CTR to the track to measure its performance against the impressive numbers of previous testers. We’re happy to report our Type R got a 0–60 mph time of 5.2 seconds on its way to a 13.6-second, 104.7-mph quarter mile. Its brakes are strong, as well, with repeated stops from 60 mph in just 100 feet. Our Civic Type R averaged 1.00g in lateral acceleration as it put down a competitive 24.5-second figure eight. All of these results land it right in the middle of the three previous Type Rs we’ve tested.

In the coming year, we aim to put down some hot laps at a local track to investigate owners’ forum claims that the Type R is unable to maintain power (due to heat soaking) over more than a handful of laps. We’re told Honda addressed this known malady between 2017 (its launch year) and the 2018 model year. It’s going to be a fun and interesting trip around the sun.

2018 Honda Civic Type R BASE PRICE $35,595 PRICE AS TESTED $35,595 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 4-pass, 4-door hatchback ENGINE 2.0L/306-hp/295-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,104 lb (62/38%) WHEELBASE 106.3 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 179.4 x 73.9 56.5 in 0-60 MPH 5.2 sec QUARTER MILE 13.6 sec @ 104.7 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 100 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.00 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.5 sec @ 0.78 g (avg) REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB Not yet tested EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 22/28/25 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 153/120 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.80 lb/mile TOTAL MILEAGE 2,410 mi AVERAGE FUEL ECON 21.4 mpg UNRESOLVED PROBLEM AREAS None

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Invesco buys Irish student development for £47m

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:09
Invesco Real Estate has agreed to forward fund a new student accommodation scheme in Ireland for £47m.
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Former British Land CFO joins Derwent in non-exec role

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:23
Derwent London has announced the appointment of British Land chief finance officer Lucinda Bell as a non-executive director alongside interim results that show a small uptick in net rental income in the first six months of the year.
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SEGRO agrees €300m private bond issuance

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:18
SEGRO has announced a US private placement of 10 year and 15 year senior unsecured notes totalling €300m (£270.4m).
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Savills sees significant profit fall in H1

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:15
Savills has reported a double digit drop in profits in the first half of the year as lower commercial property deal volumes in the UK and Asia hit the firm’s bottom line.
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Tritax portfolio value grows to £2.9bn

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 09:10
Tritax Big Box REIT has seen its portfolio value rise 11% to £2.9bn in the first half of 2017.
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Porsche is Developing a Cayman-Based Rally Car Concept

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:00

The Porsche Cayman GT4 is a fantastic car. It borrows its tires, brakes, and front suspension from the 911 GT3, uses a 385-hp 911 engine, grips the track like you wouldn’t believe, and features one of the best manual transmissions Porsche has ever offered—all while remaining street-legal and surprisingly comfortable on public roads. The only way it could possibly be cooler is if Porsche turned it into a rally car. Turns out, that’s exactly what’s happening.

Yesterday, Porsche announced it’s developing a rally car based on the Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car. Details are still scarce, but we do know the car will be driven by Romain Dumas, the same guy who recently set a Pikes Peak record in the Volkswagen I.D. R. We won’t have to wait long to see the Rally Cayman in action, either. Porsche plans to compete at Rallye Deutschland in a few weeks.

Officially, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport rally car is only a concept. But depending on how the race goes and what the response is, Porsche says it may decide to build “a similar car based on a future model” later this year. If that happens, there’s a good chance we’d see Porsche officially competing in the FIA World Rally Championship the following season.

With so much still up in the air, we don’t want to get too excited just yet. At the same time, Porsche’s building a Rally Cayman at a time when Safari 911 builds are more popular than ever. This needs to happen, and it needs to happen now.

Oh, and does Porsche’s statement basically confirm plans to reveal the new 718 Cayman GT4 before the end of the year? We choose to believe it does and will have our eyes peeled as the Frankfurt motor show gets closer.

Source: Porsche Motorsport via Twitter

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Watch: 7 Reasons Why This ’72 Dino is the Ultimate Frankenstein Ferrari

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 23:00

When it comes to restoring a 1972 Ferrari Dino, only so many have the know-how and funding to take on such a specialized project. David Lee, a well-known Ferrari collector, is one of the lucky few to have done so—but he also added some modern touches to make his Dino a $1 million restomod.

The Dino’s original V-6 engine was replaced with a unit that originally started out as a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the legendary F40. Lee had the turbochargers removed, bored the V-8’s displacement to 3.6-liters, and upgraded the pistons, exhaust manifold, and radiator. The modified engine can now rev past 7,000 rpm and delivers 400 hp, which should be plenty for a car weighing just 2,400 pounds. A gated five-speed manual transmission from a Ferrari 328 backs the V-8.

In order to make the Dino more comfortable and easier to drive, Lee also added low-speed power steering, Brembo brakes, a revised suspension, and larger 17-inch versions of the original wheels. Dual USB ports with an iPhone holder add a touch of tech, and custom flared fenders complement the already beautifully sculpted body.

If you want one for yourself, Lee will make you one for $1 million, not including the price of the donor car. Watch the video above to find out why that price might not be so outrageous.

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New York City Council caps Uber and Lyft vehicles

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:34
The New York City Council on Wednesday voted to impose a one-year freeze on new licenses granted to Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing vehicles. The city said that the measure will allow it to determine a long-term solution to mounting traffic congestion. The number of licensed ride-share vehicles in New York skyrocketed from fewer than 13,000 in...
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Spied! Next-Generation Audi S3 Caught in Hatchback Form

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 22:00

Audi last redesigned the A3 for the 2013 model year, which means (despite a facelift for 2017), it’s currently quite old. The A3’s main competitor, the Mercedes-Benz CLA, isn’t much newer, but still. Audi’s smallest car could use a redesign. From what we hear, the official reveal will take place early next year. Thanks to these spy shots, though, we can get an idea of what the next-gen A3 looks like long before then.

Technically, the prototype seen here probably isn’t the next A3. Based on the impossible-to-miss quad exhaust, our spy photographer believes it’s actually a new version of the S3. But aside from some small styling differences, both cars should look pretty much the same. And if you’ve paid much attention to Audi’s latest designs, it shouldn’t be hard to picture a redesigned A3. For better or worse, Audi sure loves its same-sausage-different-length design philosophy.

What’s less obvious is which powertrains and body styles will be offered, especially in the U.S. A sedan seems obvious, but there’s no telling whether the hatchback will be sold here or not. Currently, U.S. customers can only get the A3 hatch as a plug-in hybrid. The fate of the two-door cabriolet is even less certain. If the A3 follows the 2019 Q3‘s lead, it will probably offer a 2.0-liter turbo in two different tunes: one that makes 190 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and another good for 230 hp and 258 lb-ft. We may also see a plug-in hybrid and fully electric version, as well.

Once the redesigned A3 is revealed, the S3 should soon follow, with a new RS 3 coming a few years later.

Photo source: CarPix

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2019 Kia Forte Gets up to 35 MPG Combined

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 21:40

Borrowing design cues from the Stinger, Kia’s redesigned Forte is as stylish as ever, but the compact sedan is also more efficient thanks in part to a new CVT (dubbed IVT) replacing the outgoing six-speed automatic transmission.

The 147-hp, 132-lb-ft 2.0-liter I-4 engine carries over from last year and now delivers an EPA-rated 31/41/35 mpg city/highway/combined in its most fuel-efficient trim. Higher trims have a slightly lower rating of 30/40/34 mpg. That’s a nice increase from the outgoing model’s 29/37/32 mpg rating. The more powerful GDI 2.0-liter I-4 in the outgoing 2018 model (not available in the redesigned 2019 Forte) was rated at 25/33/28 mpg. If you choose to row your own gears, the standard six-speed manual transmission is now rated at 27/37/31 mpg, up from last year’s rating of 25/34/28 mpg.

For a little perspective, the Hyundai Elantra is rated at 29/38/33 mpg in its base trim and 28/37/32 mpg in higher trims when equipped with the same 2.0-liter I-4 found in the Forte. That engine is backed by a six-speed automatic, however. The Elantra Eco, powered by a 1.4-liter turbo-four, has an almost identical rating to the redesigned Forte: 32/40/35 mpg. Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Cruze’s 1.4-liter turbo-four delivers 28/38/32 mpg with its six-speed automatic and 30/38/33 mpg with its new CVT. The Forte barely edges out the Honda Civic’s base 2.0 I-4, which is rated at 31/40/34 mpg, but the optional 1.5-liter turbo-four beats all the above vehicles with a rating of 32/42/36 mpg.

Expect to see the 2019 Kia Forte on sale later this year, and look for a more powerful model later down the line.

Source: Kia

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Audi E-Tron SUV Will Get a Fancy Regenerative Braking System

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:33

Capturing kinetic energy that would normally be lost to heat and using it to recharge a battery isn’t a new concept, but Audi believes it’s taken regenerative braking to new heights with the upcoming E-Tron SUV. The all-electric sport-ute will debut a new energy recuperation system that Audi says contributes up to 30 percent of its range.

According to Audi, the E-Tron SUV will be capable of recovering 1 mile of range for every mile driven downhill. When the automaker drove an E-Tron prototype 19 miles from the summit of Pikes Peak down to the base, the SUV got roughly that much range back from brake regen. This extra efficiency is made possible by two electric motors and a new electrohydraulically integrated brake control system working in concert. The E-Tron uses just the electric motors for all braking needs up to 0.3 g, which Audi says covers more than 90 percent of all situations. When more stopping force is needed, the electrohydraulically integrated brake control system decides how much hydraulic brake pressure to use and can employ discs and pads exclusively or use a combination of regular and regenerative brakes. Drivers can also trigger regenerative braking manually using steering wheel paddles.

We learned earlier this year that the E-Tron would have a WLTP-estimated range of 248.5 miles and be capable of recharging in under 30 minutes on a 150-kilowatt fast charger, but what we didn’t know was the SUV’s power output. Now, we have a much better idea. Audi says the prototype produces 355 hp and 414 lb-ft of torque from its two asynchronous electric motors in normal mode, but shifting to Sport and hammering the accelerator pedal unlocks “boost mode,” which ups output to 402 hp and 490 lb-ft for eight seconds. In that mode, Audi claims the E-Tron can sprint to 62 mph in less than six seconds.

The production E-Tron Quattro is set to be revealed later this year and will go on sale sometime in 2019.

Source: Audi

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Ford Just Built its 10 Millionth Mustang

Motortrend News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:00

Since March of 1964, Ford’s been building Mustangs. Today, 54 years after production began, the 10 millionth one rolled off the assembly line. As a tribute to the first production Mustang, Ford made sure the milestone car was a white convertible with a V-8 and a manual transmission.


To celebrate, Ford held events at its Dearborn headquarters and Flat Rock Assembly Plant that included flyovers from three P-51 Mustang fighter planes and a parade of Mustangs from every generation that drove from Dearborn to Flat Rock.


And in case that 10-million-Mustang sales figure isn’t impressive enough, Ford claims the Mustang has been the world’s best-selling sports car for the last three years. Over the last 50 years, Ford says it’s also been the best-selling sports car in the U.S.

Having just driven the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, it’s clear the original pony car has come a long way in the last 54 years. Even the regular GT now makes 460 hp, up significantly from the first Mustang’s 164. An independent suspension has also transformed the Mustang into a legitimate sports car.

Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s head of global markets, in a release. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London, or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car—a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”

Source: Ford

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Age against the machine: IIHS finds that autonomous safety systems aren’t up to human level, yet

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 16:14
In case you needed yet another reason not to tune out when autopilot is active, an IIHS study released on Tuesday has found that advanced driver assist systems aren’t as robust as normal human reaction time. MORE: IIHS faults Uber for deactivating Volvo’s automatic emergency braking in fatal crash The cars tested in the study included...
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Self-driving tech, Hellcat Redeye driven, Tesla to go private?: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:30
Age against the machine: IIHS finds that autonomous safety systems aren’t up to human level, yet In case you needed yet another reason not to tune out when autopilot is active, an IIHS study released on Tuesday has found that advanced driver assist systems aren’t as robust as normal human reaction time. Ford offers dealers $1,000 to...
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Mayfair’s PITCH buys warehouse for £16.9m

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:31
Mayfair Capital’s The Property Income Trust for Charities (PITCH) has purchased The Big Berry, a 203,442 sq ft distribution warehouse, in Droitwich for £16.9m, reflecting a net initial yield of 5.44%.
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Sharp fall in EMEA EBITDA for JLL

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:22
JLL has reported a sharp drop in profitability for its business in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in the second quarter.
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Plans submitted to renovate Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:20
Multiple planning applications have been submitted for renovations of Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building – Europe’s tallest when it was built in 1911.
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M7 sets industrial record rent with Parkfield letting

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:17
M7 Real Estate has completed the rebuild and letting of three units totalling 6,755 sq ft at Parkfield Industrial Estate, setting a new headline rent of £30/sq ft.
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Drum unveils plans for £50m Leith Walk mixed-use scheme

Property Week News Feed - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 14:07
Developer Drum Property Group has submitted plans for a significant mixed-use scheme for the 2.9 acre Stead’s Place site near Leith Walk in Edinburgh.
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