Auto News for March 7 – Civic Type R, Porsche 911 GT3 To Raise Your Blood Pressure


 The long awaited and much talked about Honda Civic Type R made its global debut today at the Geneva show. It will be the first R-badged Honda to be offered here in the states and you won’t have to wait long to buy one – it will go on sale in late spring.

 Honda is talking about a mid-$30k price range.

 A 2.0-liter i-VTEC DI TURBO: 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque means it should be grand fun to drive. The engine will be mated exclusively to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching capability – employing automatic throttle blips for smoother shifts and power delivery. Decisive stopping power comes from Brembo 4-pot aluminum calipers.

 The Type R features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. The driver selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist and the Adaptive Damper System. Utilizing new, three-chamber dampers, individual stroke sensors and three vehicle-G sensors, the new damper system offers a wider range of variability for ride comfort and dynamic handling response.

 If all that is not enough, a 540-watt, 12-speaker audio system with SiriusXM 2.0, HD Radio and Pandora compatibility is standard.

  It is not going out on a limb to say demand for the Type R should be off the charts here.

 And talk about performance! Porsche announced a new 911 GT3 with a 4.0-liter flat six good for 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. A redesigned chassis with Rear Axle Steering and systematic lightweight construction is specifically tuned to produce superior driving dynamics.

 Thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of 6.4 pounds per hp, the 911 GT3 feels very much at home on the test track. With the standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission — specifically constructed and tuned for the GT3 — the 3,153 pound two-seater accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds with a top track speed of 197 miles per hour.

 For purists, Porsche will also offer the 911 GT3 with a six-speed manual transmission. With this transmission the GT3 weighs in at 3,116 pounds, allowing it to achieve a top track speed of 198 miles per hour and hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

 The redesigned chassis with Rear Axle Steering and systematic lightweight construction is specifically tuned to produce superior driving dynamics in conjunction with the naturally aspirated engine.

 The 2018 911 GT3 is scheduled to reach U.S. dealers in fall 2017. The base MSRP will be $143,600, excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee.

 Volvo Cars today revealed a new version of one of its best sellers – a new XC60, which represents around 30 per cent of Volvo’s total global sales. Of course it is fully-loaded with new technology. A new safety system called Oncoming Lane Mitigation uses steer assist to help mitigate head-on collisions, while Volvo’s Blind Spot Indication System reduces the risk of lane-changing collisions.

 There are a number of powertrains that will be available in Europe, and this morning it is not clear which one will be coming to the U.S. But a plug in hybrid will deliver 407 horsepower and a 0-62 run in just 5.3 seconds. Production will being in mid-April in Sweden.



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