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New, 2015 Honda Civic Type R Arrives with 305 HP!

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New, 2015 Honda Civic Type R

The much-anticipated all-new, 2015 Honda Civic Type R has finally been unveiled, and it packs 305 horsepower (310 PS)! Billed as a “race car for the road,” the hot hatch is the most powerful Type R to date and will supposedly set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment.

Compared to the regular Civic hatchback, the new Civic Type R wears an overly aggressive aerodynamic body kit consisting of a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a front splitter, ventilated front fenders, extended side skirts, and a massive rear wing that optimizes downforce. It also features flat underbody panels that channel air to a rear diffuser, a quad-exhaust setup, and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped around in bespoke 235/35R19 tires.

The interior remains largely unchanged but comes nicely equipped with a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, suede-effect sport seats with red contrast stitching, and a machined aluminum gear knob.

Buyers can order a GT package that adds red exterior accents, a premium audio system, and GPS navigation, as well as a slew of safety tech that include parking sensors, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

Breathing under the hood of the 2015 Honda Civic Type R is a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 295 lb-ft. (400 Nm) of torque and the aforementioned 305 hp (310 PS). The engine is connected to a six-speed manual transmission that — unlike the VW Golf R or new Ford Focus RS — sends all power exclusively to the front wheels, allowing a sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) to be completed in 5.7 seconds and a maximum top speed of 167 mph (270 km/h).

For superior handling, Honda’s engineer gave the Civic Type R a number of unique and innovative new suspension systems, including a new four-point Adaptive Damper System that enables continuous independent control of each wheel and an advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system that helps reduce torque steer by 50 percent compared to the standard Civic.

Stopping power is provided by Brembo front braking system with four-piston calipers and 350mm drilled discs.

Unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the new, 2015 Honda Civic Type R looks to be a serious performance-tuned hatchback that will leave most, if not all, of the competition in its dust.

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Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Is One Exclusive Convertible

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Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster

Production of this drop-top German will be limited to just 750 units.

Just four months after the four-door Mercedes-AMG GT made its debut, the Mercedes-AMG GT family has grown yet again with the addition of the GT R Roadster.

Arriving just in time for summer, the limited-edition convertible features a three-layer fabric soft top with lightweight aluminum and magnesium construction and an acoustic mat that helps absorb wind noise.

Power is provided by AMG’s 4.0-liter V8 Bitrubo engine, producing 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) is complete in 3.5 seconds and top speed is reached at 197 mph (317 km/h).

Like the GT R coupe, the GT R Roadster boasts a long list of exterior upgrades that include a wider stance, a larger rear wing, exclusive 20-inch wheels in the rear and 19-inch rims up front, and an adjustable coil-over suspension with active rear axle steering

A number of active aerodynamic components have been implemented to manage airflow around the engine and underneath the car, reducing lift and maximizing efficiency and downforce.

Notable interior touches include AMG black carbon fiber trim elements, AMG Performance seats wrapped in Nappa leather, and an AMG Performance steering wheel.

Mercedes plans to build just 750 examples of the GT R Roadster, so act fast if you want one.

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Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept Previews Alfa’s First Electrified Vehicle

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Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Concept, live

The Italian automaker is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle segment.

Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva Motor show to debut the Tonale Concept, previewing its first plug-in hybrid.

Sharing a design language with the larger Stelvio, the sleek compact crossover stands out with a large lower grille flanked by LED-array headlights that are thinner than those on the Stelvio and retro design elements like Alfa Romeo’s characteristic phone-dial wheel, which as borrowed from the 33 Stradale of the 1960s.

Highlights of the interior include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster, a large 10.25-inch touchscreen for the central head unit, and premium materials ranging from aluminum to Alcantara and leather.

Technical details or a launch window for the production Tonale were not revealed, but the model was envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Alfa Romeo plans to launch a total of six PHEVs by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.

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Polestar 2 Electric Car Charges Up To Battle Tesla Model 3

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Polestar 2 EV, front quarter

Sweden delivers yet another promising electrified vehicle.

The Polestar 2 has arrived, and it’s ready to do battle with the Tesla Model 3 and other premium compact electric cars.

As Polestar’s first fully-electric vehicle, the Polestar 2 draws heavy inspiration from the Volvo 40.2 concept that debuted in 2016, featuring a relatively high ride height for a sedan and a five-door fastback design that makes it more versatile.

In fact, the Polestar 2 is based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture platform and is powered by a drivetrain consisting of two electric motors and a 78 kWh battery that deliver a combined 408 horsepower and 487 lb-ft. of torque, enough power to accelerate it from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under five seconds.

The 27-module battery pack also integrated into the floor to improve the rigidity of the chassis and improve noise, vibration and harshness levels. It provides the Swedish electric car with a driving range of around 275 miles (443 km) on a single charge.

For those interested in a sportier driving experience, the Polestar 2 will be available with a Performance Pack that adds Öhlins dampers, Brembo brakes and unique 20-inch forged wheels. It also adds gold seat belts, brake calipers and valve caps.

Highlights of the interior include an 11-inch touchscreen that runs an Android-based infotainment system, granting owners access to Google Assistant, Google Maps and a number of other vehicle-based apps.

Production of the Polestar 2 kicks off in China in early 2020, with pricing starting at 39,900 Euros in Europe and at $55,000 in the United States.

Like the Polestar 1, it will be available exclusively via an online ordering system, and there will also eventually be a subscription program to broaden its reach.

Polestar will also introduce a less expensive version of the Polestar 2 down the road.

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