With the Honda Civic Hatchback now on sale, what every Civic enthusiast now awaits is the Civic Type R. Well, at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Honda unveiled a prototype of the performance-tuned hatchback that’s essentially production ready.
The Japanese automaker’s engineers started off with the new five-door hatchback and added a much more body kit that includes bigger fenders and air intakes, a carbon fiber front lip spoiler, an aggressive diffuser, a massive rear wing, and eye-catching center-mounted exhausts that we hope make it into production.
Other nice touches include headlights surrounded by gloss-black trim that runs the entire width of the fascia, a red-and-silver Honda logo, and a red-accented “Type-R” badge on the driver’s side of the grille.
Honda didn’t reveal what breathes under the hood of the prototype, but we expect the production Civic Type R to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces around 340 horsepower and over 295 lb-ft. of torque, enough oomph to give the Ford Focus RS cause for concern.
A six-speed manual will be standard and drives the front wheels. Unfortunately, there is little chance Honda’s hot hatch will be all-wheel drive like the Focus RS.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to see and even drive the upcoming addition to what Honda promises will be the “[…]most ambitious, sportiest Civic lineup ever[.]” Make sure to stay tuned to Seokijiservice for more developments.
Hyundai 45 EV Concept Pays Tribute To 1974 Pony Coupe
It foreshadows the design and technological developments of future production EVs.
Hyundai has unveiled the 45 EV Concept, an all-electric vehicle that pays tribute to the 1974 Pony Coupe Concept, the car that introduced the Korean automaker to the world.
Visually, the 45 EV concept features an attractive yet minimalistic design that blends futuristic and throwback touches inspired by the Pony. Highlights include a monocoque-style body that’s said to evoke aircraft construction from the 1920s.
Not only does the name reference 45 years since the Pony Coupe first appeared, but it is also tied to the 45-degree angles at the front and rear, forming a diamond-shape silhouette that Hyundai says previews the design direction of future production EVs.
The interior supposedly feel like a living room outfitted with new pieces of furniture, boasting rotating seats that swivel towards occupants as they open the door to improve ingress and egress. A new hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) serves as the side mirrors and opens the door for self driving applications.
Hyundai left out any details about the electric powertrain and how much driving range it offers, but we expect at least 400 miles (644 km).
BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series
Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.
BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.
The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.
“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”
The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?
Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.
Acura Type S Concept Previews Exciting New Sports Sedan
It marks the return of the venerable Type S sub-brand after a decade-long hiatus.
Acura has revealed the Type S concept, showcasing its vision for a modern high-performance package.
Inspired by the latest NSX supercar, the sporty four-door concept features more aggressive styling with better sports car proportions than Acura’s current sedans, with highlights including a long hood that stretches back to the A-pillars, a wide track, and a low stance.
The car features an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, new four-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights, forged carbon exterior elements, 21-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, and 285-width summer tires. Expect the production model to look very similar to the concept.
When the second-generation TLX goes on sale in 2020, it will be the first Acura since 2011 to get the Type S treatment. The new TLX Type S will likely compliment the aesthetic enhancements with more power and sportier handling.
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