Acura NSX -Porsche 911 GT3 – McLaren 12C Spider and Ideas Stealing?

Borrowing ideas is a normal thing, considering the fact that you cannot know everything (at least not all the time). That, and the sum of good and bad days push you to look at other creative people and simply steal (or learn) from them.

red Acura NSX similar to Porsche 911 GT3

Red Porsche 911 GT3

Following information is in boundaries of a rumor, having in mind that it’s coming from the unofficial source and it is an unofficial tale but it’s pretty interesting one.

Apparently, Honda’s engineers have their bad days like most of the mortals, and they like borrowing ideas and to learn. The word is, according to their project leader Nick Robinson, that they used at least two cars as their reference points while building their new-old supercar Acura NSX. They have used McLaren 12C and a Porsche 911 GT3. How did they do that?

Porsche 911 GT3 dashboard and steering wheel

Acura NSX interior dashboard steering wheel

For some unknown reason, if you are an engineer and you want to build a perfect car, you don’t want anyone to know that you are learning from the mistakes and successes of others. So, you want to go and buy the best car you can find, but anonymously. Maybe that adds some 007 style to the engineer’s life, I don’t know. The thing is, they didn’t want to be discovered. And they weren’t, for a good amount of time.

During the testing period, Acura’s engineers pushed the benchmark cars to their limits. So, naturally, they had to break something. Robinson emphasized that they had to return McLaren a couple of times in a warranty period and they didn’t suspect anything. But, Porsche had a black box system so they had some extra information. The black box stores information like engine data (over speed), gearbox data (early downshift), state of brakes and everything that they can use for diagnostics. The exact explanation on how did they find out that Honda has their vehicle is not yet published, but they did. When Honda had their car shipped back, they found the sticker under the engine cover, saying:”Good luck Honda from Porsche, see you on the other side”.

There is no way that black box has some option to memorize your position so the black box itself couldn’t have been used for the positioning purposes. This is only speculation, but the GPS data was the only way they could find out who the real owner was. They must have looked at the GPS data because of the unusual measurements inside the black box.

The unusual data was the style of driving and speed. Who else drives the Porsche 329km/h? That was the question Porsche engineers wanted to ask Honda’s representatives as soon as they peeked inside the black box. And on which track, since the top speed hits the roof at 310 km/h?

Basically, this cannot be considered as a corporate espionage and it is an awesome way to show that people don’t have to fight over some stupid things as these. This world would be a much better place to live in, only if we had more people like those engineers. They could have made some kind of a booby trap for Honda, but they chose to play fair and to act like gentlemen.

Acura NSX Technical Specs and Engine Porsche 911 GT3 Technical Specs and Engine

What exactly did they want to do with McLaren and Porsche?

Porsche 911 GT3 is a track focused car with the engine sitting very low on the back. Ideal for motorsport – 4.0 liter flat six engine with 368KW (500HP), 0-100 km/h 3.3 sec, top speed 310 km/h, fuel consumption 12.7 l/100km

McLaren 12C Spider – twin turbo DOHC V8 engine, 460 KW (616 HP), 0-100 km/h 3.3, top speed 329 km/h (204 mph), fuel consumption 11.7 l/100km

yellow McLaren 12C Spider

Honda Acura NSX – twin turbocharged DOHC V6 on the rear wheels and two electric motors on the front wheels, Maximum total system power 427 KW (573 HP), top speed 307km/h (191 mph), fuel consumption 11.2 l/100km

When we analyze all three vehicles we could assume that Porsche was the benchmark for the steering technology, since it has a low center of gravity, just like the NSX, and Spider could have been there because of the engine calibrations. We will never know that. All we have is this interesting tale to tell our children. Or forget it in T minus 1sec.

2016 Honda CR-V Release Date, Specs and Info

Small crossover vehicles come with their advantages and the 2016 Honda CR-V is a car which incorporates all those advantages into a one simple car. You get everything that a typical crossover vehicle offers, a fuel efficient performance, enough space for five people and a modest but in fact fairly powerful engine for any kind of a need. So if you are in need of these details, the 2016 Honda CR-V is for you.

2016 Honda CR-V side angle,silver color, headlights

This time the CR-V vehicle is going to be offered in five different trim levels which are LX, SE, EX, EX-L and Touring. They all have their own advantages and amenities that they come equipped with but the base level also remains a usable addition if you need it to be. The Special Edition or the SE trim is something new for this year as it comes available with 17-inch wheels and some additional security and privacy settings that are not seen in other forms of the car. In the meantime we published a review of Honda CRV for 2017, so perhaps you can read it as well.

2016 Honda CR-V side view,red color,alloy wheels

Look for the 2016 Honda CR-V to come out next year when they have managed to scheduled the release date and the pricing is already being offered for the vehicle. With a fairly modest look and an appropriate price range we assume that the 2016 CR-V is going to be a great seller on the market and may even surpass its greatest rival in the segment, the Mazda CX5. Find out about all the needed specs about the car through this review and read everything down below.

2016 Honda CR-V interior

2016 Honda CR-V interior, back leather seats

The 2016 Honda CR-V has a very appropriate interior design with lots of headroom and legroom. This is especially concerned for the people who are going to sit at the back and those that are going to be in the middle seat poisoned in the tunnel area. This makes a whole different story when it comes to seating the people and acquiring more comfort. Another great advantage of the vehicle is its cargo area which provides 37.2 cubic feet of space in the back. It is more than enough for you to fit anything they you plan to place there and it helps for when going on linger trips and for larger hauling jobs.

2016 Honda CR-V lcd screen,gear shift knob and dashboard

There is also a very nice package of amenities and accessories that can come as standard for the people inside the car. A standard offer includes sunroof, keyless ignition and entry and heated front seats which all come available for the standard trim of the CR-V vehicle. Safety additions are also something that makes the car better than the previous design and the EX version comes with a trick passenger-side-mounted camera that enables us to see the blind spot area. The highest trims of course come with the highest available safety features and even includes the lane-keeping assist and automatic braking.

Exterior

2016 Honda CR-V side angle, black color

The 2016 Honda CR-V exterior comes pretty much the same as before. There have not been many changes which will make the CR-V seem drastically changed compared to before. The car will retain its primary looks and will only add some minor changes which will also determent the differences between the trims. The standard LX trim comes with 16-inch steel wheels and some power accessories as well. But the LX as well as the SE can be equipped with the 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear privacy glass. The EX has a special offer of automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights and besides an impressive addition to the inside also comes with a retractable cargo cover.

2016 Honda CR-V front view, headlights and alloy wheels

The EX-L model is the only one that comes with roof rails and provides a very special offer which is used in special circumstances as it adds heated side mirrors. The top tier Touring model besides adding 18-inch wheels also uses the projector beam headlights and also includes the very useful power liftgate. Everything else is more or less the same as before and it can really make a difference this time on which trim you decided to go with as they can provide you more options and more opportunities.

Engine

The newest 2016 Honda CR-V vehicle is going to be equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that can make an output of 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. This engine options combines with a continuously variable transmission, which is the only transmission option given here. But the car does come with a front- and all-wheel drive on all trims. With the FWD, the car can be estimated to provide and EPA rating of 29 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway), while the AWD gives you the possibility of making  27 mpg combined (25 city/31 highway).

2016 Honda CR-V Engine

Price and release date

The car is going to be available for next year as its release date is scheduled for the upcoming April. The 2016 Honda CR-V was expected to come out sooner, but it seems that the release is going to be postponed for a few months onward. Yet the price is not a mystery anymore as the base trim is being offered for 24,475 dollars as base MSRP rating.

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2016 Honda CR-V front angle, headlights andgrille

2016 Honda CR-V rear view,taillights and alloy wheels

2016 Honda CR-Vside view,blue color

2016 Honda CR-V leatherseats, steeringwheel

2016 Honda CR-V rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2016 Honda CR-V trunk

2017 Honda Civic Type R Release Date, News and Rumors

The upcoming new 2017 Honda Civic Type R was caught testing around the Nurburgring race track last month. According to the several spy photos our photographers were able to snag, it is evident that the new model has plenty of changes in store for us. So to cut to the chase, the U.S-spec Type R will be offered with a characterful, high-revving all-new turbocharged engine. The juicier details have however been left to speculation for now. So after collecting some info from well-connected sources, we were able to join in the dots and prepared the following review. Note that this sneak preview however is based only on our own rendering. Pricing and release date details are also included as well.

2017 Honda Civic Type R front view, headlights and grille

The new Civic Type R marks a new performance era for Honda cars by delivering peak levels of performance through the brand’s racing DNA. Having been on a hiatus for two years, the Type R promises to return triumphantly with some of the best technologies, systems, and features the hot hat segment has ever seen. Indeed, credible reports say the new model will be a demonstration of just how far Honda has come from in regards to technology and performance innovation.

2017 Honda Civic Type R rear view, taillights and tailpipe

It is not known whether Honda will still offer the 2.0L VTEC Turbo gasoline engine the prior model was offered with. Some quarters say the new automobile will come with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine able to crank out 315 horsepower and 300 lbs. ft. of torque. With this power, it should be able to zoom from 0-60 mph in just slightly over five seconds. Its top speed, the same quarters say, should be around 167 mph limit. It is imperative to note that the 2015 Honda Civic Type R was offered with a direct-injected turbocharged 2.0L engine that was able to offer 306 hp @6,500 rpm, and 295 pounds-feet of torque @2,500 rpm.

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, red color, alloy wheels and headlights

Just like before, Honda has offered the new model with high-precision technologies meant to cap emission ratings, while improving fuel efficiency and improving the output of the engine. The previous model offered a blistering performance that was unmatched in the FWD hot hatch segment. And even despite its astonishing performance – 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds and 167 mph top speed – it achieved very low emissions of just 170g/km.

2017 Honda Civic Type R side view, red color, alloy wheels

Akin to the previous model it is replacing, the new model is expected to go up in arms against its traditional rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Ford Focus ST. It is almost impossible to talk of the hot hatch segment without mentioning the Golf GTI. It is essentially the segment founding father, having been there since 1983. Specs include: a top speed of 124 mph, 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds, and an output of 210 horsepower. The Ford Focus, on the other hand, is one of the best hot hatches the US market boasts of. It is a great option fir daily and track use.

2017 Honda Civic Type R USA Release Date & Price

Pricing details are still far from being released. Those in the know however say the U.S spec version price should most likely be offered within the neighborhood of the Euro-spec Type R that goes for sale for $46,000. Its release date should be expected sometime in mid-2017.

2017 Honda Civic Type R release date

2017 Honda Civic Type R Exterior

As is evident from the spy images we have of the vehicle, the exterior design has somehow carried over virtually unchanged from before – if you ask me. The detailing aspects have however changed. The front fascia has completely evolved into something even more impressing. The Honda badge is more upright, vertical brake ducts have been added, and the side air inlets have been redesigned. Around back, the lower fascia and the spoiler have all undergone revisions.

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, red color, grille and headlights

2017 Honda Civic Type R Interior

What Honda has up its sleeve is unknown for now. We should nonetheless take the absence of details to mean a lot is in the works. With the result being better cockpit, controls, layout, and material quality.

2017 Honda Civic Type R dashboard, lcd screen, gear shift knob and steering wheel

Available Trims

Honda is yet to offer us clues as to which trims/grades the new 2017 Honda Civic Type R will come with. Updates, that is, if Honda even decides to make any available, will be offered on this space.

2017 Honda Civic Type R badges

Engine Specs

As already mentioned, no one knows whether Honda will update the existing 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine that currently offers 306 horsepower and 295 lbs. ft. of torque.

2017 Honda Civic Type R engine

Safety

2017 Honda Civic Type R side angle, wgite color, alloy wheels

After skipping one year of production, it is likely that Honda is working on a number of new technologies that it hopes will revolutionize the way the segment has traditionally been viewed. It’ll also be interesting to see how it scores in terms of crash impact safety ratings in both the E.U and U.S safety standards.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R white color, grille and headlights

2017 Honda Civic Type R white color, rear angle, tailpipe

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, front angle, grille

2017 Honda Civic Type R spy photos

2017 Honda Civic Type R exterior, white color

2017 Honda Civic Type R rear angle, taillights

2017 Honda Civic Type R interior, steering wheel and leather seats

2017 Honda Civic Type R interior, leather seats