Honda F6B : la moto qui arrache les molaires
Qui a dit que les bikers en Harley avaient une dent contre les Japonaises ?
Sûrement pas notre cobaye Jean-Eudes, alias Chicco, qui s'est rendu à la
concentration de Morzine au guidon de son nouveau bagger F6B, réalisé par
Honda sur la base de la fameuse GoldWing, pour se faire des amis au sein de
cette population ouverte...
2009 Honda Civic PR VIDEO (TH)
Becomes the first sedan in its segment to offer touch-screen navigation
• Newly-designed front grille and front bumper reinforces Civics sportier
image; targets young professionals
Honda Automobile Thailand Co., Ltd., the countrys second largest
manufacturer of passenger cars, today unveiled the 2009 Honda Civic,
highlighting its enhanced sportier image, best-in-class features and cabin
layout, and high-performance i-VTEC engines.
The latest Civic has a built-in touch-screen navigation system (a first for
sedans in its segment), DVD player, rear parking sensors, newly-designed
front grille and bumper, new Smoked Chrome headlights, and octagonal rear
lamps. Prices start from Bht 749,000, depending on engine and model
The 2009 model reinforces the Civics heritage of being a premium advanced
sporty sedan through its sporty and muscular look, roomy cabin, and more
responsive acceleration. It also delivers greater fuel efficiency from its
high performance intelligent
Mr. Kenji Otaka, President of Honda Automobile (Thailand), said, The Civic
has a long tradition of pioneering innovations that have set the standard
for subsequent generations of compact cars. With the new 2009 model
unveiled today, we are again raising the bar in the compact car segment
because the innovative features and technologies incorporated in this
latest advanced sporty model are truly best in its class.
The 2009 Civic has re-designed exterior styling, new front grille, striking
front bumper design, new Smoked Chrome headlights and octagonal rear lights
to make it sportier and prominently stunning. Inside, the sporty sedan
features a touch-screen navigation system, the first of its kind in the
compact car segment, he commented.
Additional features also include rear parking sensors, DVD player, and
audio remote controls on the steering wheel. These enhanced gadgets in
this new advanced sporty sedan are very appealing, and will surely
reinforce Civics leadership in its segment.
The 2009 Civic is available in three versions the Civic S, Civic E, and
Civic EL that can run on gasohol E20. Both the Civic S and Civic E are
equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission 1.8-litre engine that
delivers 140 horsepower; the Civic S
comes with an additional choice of manual transmission. At the top-end,
the Civic EL is powered by a 5-speed automatic transmission 2.0-litre
engine with 155 horsepower.
All three grades now sport an audio remote control on the steering wheel
that allows the driver to engage the in-car entertainment system while
keeping both hands on the steering wheel. Other standard features include
the Civics renowned Multiplex Meter with self-illuminating meters,
Immobilizer and security alarm systems, and dual tail pipes.
The Civic 1.8 S is priced at Bht 749,000 with manual transmission, Bht
789,000 with automatic transmission, and Bht 831,000 for the automatic
transmission with dual airbags.
The Civic 1.8 E (Bht 909,000) comes with a new audio remote control on the
steering wheel and door mirrors with side turn. The Civic 1.8 E Navi (Bht.
964,000) is equipped with a touch-screen navigation system and DVD player.
Cruise control and audio remote control on steering wheel are now standard
The Civic 2.0 EL (Bht. 1,046,000) has rear parking sensors, paddle shift,
cruise control, automatic air-condition, audio remote control on leather
steering wheel, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The top-end Civic 2.0 EL Navi
(Bht 1,101,000) features a touch-screen navigation system, DVD player, and
rear parking sensors.
The 2009 Civic will be displayed at the upcoming Motor Expo (28 November
10 December). Bookings are now accepted at all Honda dealers nationwide.
Honda Mean Mower vs BTCC Honda Civic
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Reigning Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Champion Gordon Shedden will be
aiming to keep off the grass when he heads to Silverstone for the final
round of this year's series on 13 October. But he took time out from his
preparations to have a bit of fun, lining up on the grid with three-time
champ and team-mate Matt Neal on a special mower created by their Team
The Mean Mower is a bit different to Gordon and Matt's Honda Yuasa Racing
Civics. It's based on a Honda HF2620 lawn tractor, but the regular 20bhp
614cc V-twin engine has made way for a 1,000cc V-Twin from a Honda
Firestorm motorbike. This delivers 110bhp, and gives a power-to-weight
ratio of 520bhp per tonne -- enabling the mower to do 0-60mph in under four
seconds and hit 130mph.
To cope with this huge pace, the regular mower chassis has been replaced
with a chromoly spaceframe. Suspension and wheels from an ATV help Boost the handling, plus there's a
body-hugging racing seat and Alcantara steering wheel with buttons for the
sequential gearbox. This drives the rear wheels via a chain to a rear axle
sourced from a go-kart. Yet this amazing machine can still cut grass.
The steel cutting bed is replaced by a lighter fibreglass version, and
isn't connected to the petrol engine. Instead, two electric motors spin a
3mm wire cable at 4,000rpm -- proper blades could be a bit dangerous at
100mph. The Mean Mower is similar in concept to a Yuasa Racing Civic, which
is taken off the production line in Swindon, Wilts, and heavily modified.
While the chassis and body are retained, the interior is stripped out and a
roll cage fitted. New front and rear sub-frames are installed, as are
racing-spec suspension and brakes. And while the 2.0-litre engine uses the
same block as the old Civic Type R, a turbocharger is added and most of the internals
are changed. Total output is around 330bhp, which allows the Yuasa Civic to
do up to 160mph.
But how would the BTCC racer compare with the Mean Mower on a lap of
Rockingham's National Circuit in Northants? The track is 1.7 miles long,
has a range of corners and plenty of grass that could do with a trim...
"The only way the mower could win round here is to literally cut corners,"
said Matt. "But if it doesn't, it has no chance. In fact, I reckon I could
give it a 40-second head start and still cross the finish line first."
Was Neal right to be so confident? The way the mower stumbled off the
starting line suggested so. Its tall first gear makes for lazy getaways --
be too aggressive and the engine will stall. But once moving, the Mean
Mower soon gets into its stride. In a straight line, it's quite impressive
-- but the narrow track makes it tricky through corners.
Still, after 40 seconds, the mower had completed over a third of a lap --
leaving the car with plenty of catching up to do. In fact, the Civic didn't
have the mower in its sights until it rounded the penultimate corner. This
was going to be close. As the BTCC racer entered the final hairpin, the
Mean Mower was exiting it and heading down the home straight -- just a few
hundred metres from victory.
But the distance to the finish line proved just enough for the Civic to
close the gap. In the end it pipped the mower at the post, by the narrowest
of margins. We checked the stopwatch: the BTCC car had taken one minute
18.2 seconds to do a standing-start lap. The mower completed it in one
minute 59 seconds -- a difference of 40.8 seconds. We know who won the
moral victory, though, as the Civic can't trim your grass! Little wonder
that these Honda stars are keen to be handed the Mean Mower to cut some
blades of glory in their gardens during the close season.