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With eight sporty cars in the AutoGuide.com garage, we are understandably excited about this week. Did we also mention that we’re spending it at our home test track?
Sports car fanatics were glued to AutoGuide.com‘s YouTube channel this past week.
Those looking for a practical, yet fun and sporty hatchback flocked to our Honda Civic Si coupe track review while other shoppers compared the Ford Focus ST to the Subaru BRZ. Luxury shoppers wanted to see if the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante lives up to its price tag.
Watch the videos below and subscribe to AutoGuide.com’s YouTube channel here.
For the first week of June, we have some very interesting and fun cars to test out this week – compacts, crossovers and even a 500-hp wagon! Check out whats in our garage:
10. 2013 Ford Fusion vs. 2014 Mazda6
This year was a busy year for AutoGuide as we put dozens of vehicles to the test in hopes of making your purchasing decision not only easier, but well informed. As we head into 2014, let’s take a look back at 2013′s most watched videos.
Starting off the list is our comparison video pitting the Ford Fusion against the new Mazda6. Both vehicles are stylish, efficient and fun family sedans that have quite the history together. In 2006, the two automakers were producing the Fusion and Mazda6 on the same platform as Ford held a one-third ownership stake in Mazda. But times have changed and the Mazda6 and Ford Fusion are now standing on their own. How do the two compare against one another?
SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Fusion vs 2014 Mazda6
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This week, sports car shoppers are out in full force if our most watched videos of the week are any indication. Viewers wanted to see if the 2013 Scion FR-S still lives up to its hype a year later, while Honda enthusiasts are still enjoying our Civic Si vs. Integra Type-R shootout.
Watch our most popular videos of the week below.
Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel so why should this week be any different? Once again this week, fans are loving AutoGuide‘s video of the Honda Civic Si vs. the Acura Integra Type-R.
Find out what happened between the two front-wheel drive coupes and check out the other two most-watched videos below.
Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel so why should this week be any different? This week, AutoGuide went on a search for front-wheel-drive greatness, pitting the older 1998 Acura Integra Type R against a new 2013 Honda Civic Si.
Find out what happened, as check out the other two most-watched videos below.
Another week, another opportunity to assist a struggling motorist; that’s what Ask AutoGuide is all about. Just like populist presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan we’re here for the people. Specifically, folks like Zach, who e-mailed us asking for help picking out a compact car.
Ah to be young again. AutoGuide’s nationally recognized, board-certified Oracles remember their youth vividly… it was terrible. People often say age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel, unfortunately they were born wearing elastic-waist jeans and Science Olympiad fanny packs. Gingivitis arrived when they were in middle school.
10. 2013 Ford Escape Review
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As 2012 comes to an end, AutoGuide has decided to take a look back at the most watched videos from our collection.
SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Escape Review – Video
Kicking off the top 10 list is the 2013 Ford Escape video review, where Editor-in-Chief Colum Wood puts the new crossover to the test, admiring its sleek new looks and its handling.
Honda is increasing its commitment to racing in 2012 by officially sponsoring teams entering the Pirelli World Challenge thanks to growing interest in both the U.S. and Canada.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) provides components and support to teams ranging from amateur to professional levels. In the past the company supported teams in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge Series, but will move into the Sports Car Club of America’s World Challenge and B-Spec categories as well.
“With the development of the 2012 Honda Civic Si for Touring Car racing and the introduction of B-Spec for both professional and club racing, it’s been a very busy off-season for HPD,” said Lee Niffenegger, HPD senior engineer responsible for production-based racing.
“There has been a definite upsurge in interest from both the U.S. and Canada for this year, and we’re looking forward to exciting seasons in Grand-Am, World Challenge and Canadian Touring Cars,” he said.
According to Honda, the Civic Si is the car of choice this year with at least five teams taking part in the 14-race schedule in the World Challenge Touring Car class. Cars that run these races range from being almost factory stock to heavily modified based on the series. World Challenge Touring Car entrants run on the less modified end of that spectrum.
In the B-Spec segment, Honda will race their Fit cars, which represents and inexpensive, entry-level option for racers to get into the sport.
Compass360, a Toronto-based racing team has long used Hondas to compete in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and Gand Am series and claimed first place in the 2010 Canadian Touring Car Championship for Honda.
This year Compass360 will also enter the World Challenge for Honda with a multi-car effort in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge and Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
GALLERY: Compass360 Civic Si
Just as Honda announced it’ll be refreshing the Civic for next year, hoping everyone will quickly forget about the 2012 model, Consumer Reports goes and gives the 2012 Honda Civic Si a “Recommended” rating in its latest report.
Now let’s keep in mind that Consumer Reports were one of the first outlets to give the 2012 Civic such low ratings. In fact, they reiterated their thoughts on the base model Civic by saying “while other models like the Hyundai Elantra have gotten better after being redesigned, the Honda Civic has dropped so much that now it ranks near the bottom of its category.”
But the base model Civic isn’t the one that sports the 2.4L, 201-hp powerplant. In fact, our review of the Si was favorable – read the review here – and Consumer Reports agrees that the Si offers “terrific acceleration” more low-end torque and a slick-shifting six-speed manual gearbox. As a result, the Si model scored much better than the base model awarding it the Recommended title from Consumer Reports.
Funny enough, the publication still believes that while “the Civic Si has a great powertrain, it needs a better car wrapped around it.”
GALLERY: 2012 Honda Civic Si
With the 2011 SEMA Show just around the corner, we’ve been getting fed tons of teasers and sneak peeks of finished projects that will be making their way to the big aftermarket expo in Las Vegas. But forget teasers, here’s the full reveal of Fox Marketing’s 2012 Honda Civic Si, boasting a wickedly clean widebody and packing over 450-hp thanks to Full-Race’s turbo kit.
The custom widebody and body kit is courtesy of carbodykits.com, while Fox Marketing opted to have the entire body resprayed by BASF’s R-M Ultrasonic Blue Pearl. Handling suspension duties are springs from Road Magnet while SSBC contributed a brake upgrade to the Si Coupe. For wheels, Fox Marketing opted for a custom 20-inch setup from Vossen. CV3 wheels adorn each corner of the project wrapped with Toyo Proxes 4 tires.
On the inside, Yonaka Ronin racing seats found their way inside after being reupholstered with factory Civic Si fabric inserts in the front and the rear. AutoGuide.com will be sure to check out the finished project up close in person starting on November 1st.
GALLERY: Fox Marketing 2012 Honda Civic Si
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The guys over at Tjin Edition followed up the teaser of their two SEMA Ford projects with this rendering of their Honda Civic Sedan project from Gurnade Design Firm. This will be the fourth Honda Tjin Edition has built for SEMA and this time around, Tjin Edition teamed up with Wraptivo, Daley Visual, Gurnade, Rotiform, Function and Form and Baer.
The project will debut at this year’s SEMA Show and is the only Honda Civic Si Sedan Honda handed out to builders this year. Tjin Edition kept it clean and simple, focusing on form, function and family when building the project. The suspension comes courtesy of Function and Form coilovers, giving the Civic the adjustability it needs to look right on a set of 19-inch Rotiform Concave BLQ wheels. The color scheme is unique as well, as Tjin Edition informed us that it’s the last roll in existence of this particular color from Wraptivo. The matte exterior is clearly contrasted by orange-anodized wheels with Baer brakes peeking behind them. It’s further accented by the fact that the Baer calipers appear to be in a bright, purple finish.
AutoGuide will be sure to check out all the project cars in the Honda booth this year’s SEMA Show.
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Fox Marketing has built some crazy rides in the past for SEMA, including several widebody Lexus vehicles blending the best of luxury and sport into one attractive package. For this year’s show, it looks as though Fox Marketing has teamed up with Honda to show off what its new 2012 Civic Si can do in the customization department. Several 2012 Civics were handed out by Honda to some of the country’s most well-known builders, and Fox Marketing is the first to disclose some details on what they’ll be doing on theirs.
Fox will be working with Full-Race to make the stock K24 engine pack up to 550-hp thanks to a custom turbo kit. It appears that Fox and Full-Race want to obtain those figures without touching the motor’s internals, which would be a testament to how great the K24 is.
When it arrives at SEMA on November 1st, the exterior will be painted a Sinister Silver paint courtesy of BASF’s R-M line. 13-inch brakes from SSBC will be on all four corners while the car will sport an aggressive stance thanks to a set of SPEC II coilovers from Yonaka.
Until then, check out all the work-in-progress pics below and check out AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show Preview here.
Get more Honda Civic news and info at 9thGenCivic.com
GALLERY: Fox Marketing Widebody 2012 Civic Si
With the new 2012 Honda Civic lineup having just been announced at the New York Auto Show, it’s natural for Honda lovers to scratch their heads and wonder where the hatchback variant is. Or better yet, where the Si hatchback version is.
Apparently right now it’s only available in the brilliant minds of Photoshoppers worldwide. Neal McDaniel over at the Temple of VTEC whipped up his own Civic Si Hatchback Concept rendering that has many of us wondering if Honda will make it a reality. Though we feel it shares one too many lines with the CR-Z hybrid, the idea of a Civic Si hatchback from the 2012 Civic lineup is appealing.
For the rendering, Neal wanted to point out several of the modifications he did: true “One Motion” design, shortened front and rear overhangs, tinted headlights with clear corners, revised a-pillar garnish with kink, lowered ride height, 18-inch wheels, cleaner rocker panels, a slightly lowered roof line, extended rear passenger windows, slightly wider stance, more orange in color and factory tint.
[Source: Temple of VTEC]
Discuss the 2012 Honda Civic at 9thGenCivic.com