[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][tov motorsports][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
All-New Honda Civic Type R Prototype to Make U.S. Debut At Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
More.......................
American Honda reports April 2022 sales results
More.......................
2023 Acura Integra Set for Early June Arrival, Pricing Announced
More.......................
Full color matrix for 2023 HR-V, confirms 2.0L engine
More.......................
All-new 2023 Honda HR-V Teases Interior Versatility Geared for Adventure
More.......................
Honda provides some details on their electrification road map
More.......................
The New Benchmark: All-New Honda Civic Type R Sets New Suzuka Circuit Lap Record
More.......................
All-New 2023 Honda HR-V Steps Out with Youthful, Athletic Styling
More.......................
Today's Reading Links --> 2023 Nissan Z starts at $41,015
Join Discussion......
Integra --> Re: Reviews of the New Integra - Walking A Fine Line?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Anyone used a scope on their smartphone?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: I bought a 2022 Mazda Miata Club
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: ZR-V is the ROW name for "north american" HR-V
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: French Moto GP (Spoiler)
Join Discussion......
Integra --> Re: 2023 Acura Integra detailed specs, including curb weight
Join Discussion......
Pilot --> Re: Video of next gen 2023 Honda Pilot
Join Discussion......
CR-V --> Re: 2023 CR-V exterior photos "leaked"
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: Civic Type R Pricing
Join Discussion......
Videos --> Re: Someone tried to summon their Tesla via autopilot at an aviation trade show
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: MB: EVs will not become cheaper and may become more costly
Join Discussion......
CR-V --> 2023 Honda CRV Patent Images from Chinas Ministry of Industry and Information Technology
Join Discussion......
Odyssey --> Re: 2023 Honda Odyssey Gets New Sport Trim, Entry-Level LX Discontinued
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Daniel ( the Nuclear Engineer)
Join Discussion......
Rumor Mill Update from Japan
 Date: March 01, 2006 08:28
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: DanielGR
 Credibility Rating: 7


Back in the early days of the TOV Rumors and News section, a staple of our coverage was a bimonthly update from Mike Freitas, a serviceman who was stationed in Japan. Unfortunately once Mike retired from the military and moved back to the US, we lost our steady source of JDM gossip. These Japanese auto mags are always entertaining with their (sometimes) outlandish predictions and computer generated renderings and photoshops. It's like reading celebrity tabloids, only the subjects are future cars rather than the Jessicas (Alba and Simpson) and Paris Hilton.

Anyhow, Daniel Garcia (TOV's European Editor) has relocated to Tokyo recently and has been adding Japanese to his lengthy list of language skills. I just received this report from him:

HI Jeff,



I donít know if this is worthy to be published in the rumours and news section, but just to let you know.



Basically, I was reading some JP auto mags today after work and I found quite a few talking about future Hondaís (including drawings and renders)

- I found 2 or 3 stating that there will be a 4 door Civic TypeR with a slightly more tuned version of the Civic Si Sedan engine at around 215 Ė 220ps. Some mags call it Civic RS. All of them show in their images the Civic Sedan Si Concept from Chicago, and state that their R version would be quite similar to it.

- Iíve found quite a few ones claiming that there will be a sports coupe (some call it Integra, some not) powered by a 280 Ė 300 ps version of the 2.3L turbo engine found on the RDX. Some also say that this engine will be on a new Accord EuroR that would look very similar to the Sports4 concept of Tokyo and have SH-AWD.

- Rumours about a luxury sports coupe, with images quite close to an RL coupe, and possibly an engine bigger than a V6 on it.

They also have some nice NSX renders Iíve never seen beforeÖ but Iím not sure they have any basis.


Finally, some non-Honda rumours, but still surprising.

- They all say that there will be soon an IS500. That beast is supposed to have a 5.0L V8 engine with 420PS at only 5800 rpm (maybe this is no news to you). Style wise, it looks really BMWish to me, with even the lateral stuff from the M series..

- Quite strange, but I found a scoop about a new MR-2 with a 3.3L V6 engineÖ

- Finally, a new high performance Nissan coupe, kind of extreme Infinity G35, boosting a highly tuned 4.5L V8 engine.

Well, thatís more or less all of it, donít know if itís of any use though,



Regards,



Daniel


I've asked Daniel to continue tracking the rumour mill in Japan so we will hopefully have a semi-regular update coming in from him on that front. I've also asked if he can get a few scans so we can see what these sketches look like. I will add them later if he can supply them.

While we can't fully comment on the validity of all these Honda rumours, I can say that the information on the Civic Sedan (Type R or RS) coincides with stuff that we've been hearing from well placed sources for the past 12-18months. The Accord Sports4 information also has some credibility, though the sports coupe is one of those things that we've heard a little bit about but we've been unable to nail anything down on it yet. The RL-based coupe stuff is similar in that the idea's been out there for a while but we haven't seen much beyond the speculative buzz of these sorts of magazines. The credibility rating assigned for this information is based upon the JDM Civic Type R/RS info. The other items fall below that.

Last edited by JeffX on March 01, 2006 08:30

Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  Toyota/Lexus V8 sports car(s)!
CivicB18 7
  a concept i once saw
CivicGSiR 11
  Accord Sports4
oldmancivic 2
  Lexus IS V8
VTEC_Inside 8
  Sedan Type R
siegen 3
  That's not news; it's in R&T
Rickard 1
  sign me up for that coupe!! n/m
HappaSaiyan 0
2022 Acura MDX Specs and Features
Read Article....................
2022 Honda Civic Design Story, a video by Honda
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX Advance
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX - Details and Cutaways
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: 2020 Chicago Auto Show
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2021 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy
30