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Yes i agree, I like the Yaris/Vitz better. K-series swaps have already been done in Japan and Europe with these Fits/Jazz. I remember watching a best motoring video on Google video or YouTube, and they were discussing how the fit/jazz's chassis was built like a race car. Stiff chassis base but strong, light top. They're fun to drive around, but don't expect hulk strength power.
 

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Acura Announces Pricing for All-New Turbocharged 2007 RDX

Acura today announced pricing of the all-new 2007 RDX 5-passenger luxury SUV. Making its debut at Acura dealerships on August 10, the 2007 RDX will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $32,995. The performance oriented RDX is poised to bring a new level of driving excitement and enjoyment to consumers seeking sports sedan performance in the growing entry premium SUV segment.

Featuring Acura's first-ever turbocharged and intercooled engine coupled with patented Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD)(TM) , the RDX blends the best in responsiveness, control and efficiency. The RDX is equipped with a 2.3-liter DOHC 16-valve in-line four cylinder engine with i-VTEC valve control that produces 240 horsepower. By adding an innovative variable flow turbocharger, an exceptionally broad powerband with virtually no turbo lag is produced while providing an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy rating of 19/23 miles per gallon.

"The 2007 RDX illustrates Acura's passion for developing vehicles that can deliver the ultimate in performance, technology, safety and fuel efficiency," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president sales. "For drivers that want the utility of an SUV but demand a sporty driving experience, the RDX truly delivers."

In addition to an exhilarating driving experience, the RDX offers a comprehensive list of standard electronic and convenience features that serve to greatly enhance the ownership experience. The RDX is equipped with a dual-zone automatic climate control system, a 360-watt, 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System with a multi-format 6-disc changer, XM(R) Satellite Radio and a convenient MP3/auxiliary input jack for connecting popular portable audio devices such as an iPod(R).

The RDX's inherent performance and technology compliments its state of the art safety features. An Advanced Compatibility Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure helps protect passengers by distributing collision loads through the body structure, leaving the passenger cabin more intact for improved occupant protection while also making the RDX more compatible with smaller vehicles in the event of a vehicle-to-vehicle frontal collision. Finally, a specially engineered hood and other components help reduce the chances of pedestrian injury in the event of a collision with the vehicle. Inside the RDX, a full complement of passive safety features are found, such as the latest generation of dual-stage, dual-threshold airbags for the driver and front passenger, side airbags for the driver and front passenger and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor for all outboard occupants.

While the RDX is generously equipped right from the start, it is also available with an optional Technology Package. Priced at $36,495, the RDX with Technology Package enhances the driving experience by adding a 10-speaker, 410-watt, Acura/ELS Surround(R) Premium Sound System designed by legendary recording engineer Elliot Scheiner to create an unmatched listening experience. In addition, the Technology Package also includes several visual and audio communications features such as the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition(TM) and rearview camera, the HandsFreeLink(TM) wireless telephone interface, and the AcuraLink(TM) Satellite Communication System with Real Time Traffic.



Oh, look at the nice Civic steering wheel. Acura should have no problem selling these. The new Mazda CX-7(I think) and the RAV4 are still good alternatives.
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Yes, I was briefly reading through on the new turbo K23A engine in the lastest Sport Compact Car mag. Variable flow in the turbo is just innovative. I can see lots of swapping happening in the near future.
 

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if you read the whole section you woulda read about the part that says there wont be much swapnig goin on. have you seen how its mounted, it will take more then just some new mounts to get that engine in a civic, you would have to do some serious cutting and re-welding, it wont be easy, but im sure some jackass will do it.
 

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Yes, I was briefly reading through on the new turbo K23A engine in the lastest Sport Compact Car mag. Variable flow in the turbo is just innovative. I can see lots of swapping happening in the near future.
No, it isnt. Porsche already has an engine out that has a Variable flow turbos(x2) on it. Hell, diesel vehicles have been using this technology for YEARS! Honda was just quicker than the rest to jump on the bandwagon.

FROM: http://www.autoblog.com/2006/03/01/...sche-911-turbo/

Porsche's variable turbine geometry (VTG) setup on the 2007 911 Turbo was developed in close cooperation with Borg Warner Turbo Systems, and is based on technology which has been widely and successfully applied to diesel engines since the early 1990s. It is nearly identical in concept to other turbo manufacturers' variable nozzle/geometry compressors, including a system that was briefly used on a series gasoline production engine in the late 1980s. This application encountered difficulties due to high operating temperatures -- a problem not easily solved with contemporary materials -- and production was stopped after a limited run.

After nearly two decades, aerospace-grade materials have allowed the progression of variable-geometry turbo technology to the point that it can now reliably operate in the higher-temperature environment of turbocharged gasoline engines. Porsche's version of variable turbine geometry in the 2007 911 Turbo incorporates these latest material applications, plus a sophisticated control algorithm. The combination produces the advantages of both small and large turbochargers, generating a much wider plateau of torque and providing quicker response compared to the previous generation 911 Turbo, while providing the reliability of fixed-vane turbochargers.
 

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Honda Spins New VTEC Engine

http://www.thecarconnection.com/Aut.../Daily_Auto_News_Sep_26_2006.S173.A10901.html

A new version of Honda's VTEC variable valve timing system could give its vehicles 13-percent better fuel economy, the company said at Monday's press event in Japan. The new system combines variable valve timing, lift control and variable timing control to boost torque at all speeds even while raising fuel efficiency. Honda says its new VTEC-equipped engine will meet ULEV emissions targets and will put out 75 percent lower emissions than the 2005 standards. A vehicle featuring the new VTEC engine will go on sale within three years, Honda said in a statement.
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Gas-n-Grease said:
i wonder what Honda did to make these improvements
the new system combines variable valve timing, lift control and variable timing control to boost torque at all speeds

basically, the car doesn't have to work as hard to get it moving - they can take advantage of this with gearing - that's why those corvettes can get 30 mpg from a 6 liter engine making 400 hp - they cruise at 1500 because they have more than enough torque to do so
 

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Honda sells 100 jets in 3 days

http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2006/10/19/025665.html

Not exactly an auto, but Honda is one of the world's leading automakers so we thought you might be interested in hearing how its foray into aviation is going. Since we first mentioned this effort back in July, it seems things are going quite well, actually. At a convention in Orlando, Florida this week, Honda announced it has already written more than 100 orders for its $3.65 million HondaJet. Sales of its jet just began on October 17 so demand is obviously high, much higher than Honda had expected for three days of sales.

"We are extremely pleased with the early customer response to HondaJet. In addition to the strong demand we have experienced from individuals, we are negotiating with a number of fleet customers as well," said Michimasa Fujino, president & CEO of Honda Aircraft Co., Inc. "Due to this overwhelming response, we are now considering an increase in our production plan to meet the needs of our customers."

Honda Aircraft Company will produce the HondaJet at a facility in the United States, and has submitted its application for type certification of the HondaJet with the Federal Aviation Administration. The HondaJet uses a bunch of revolutionary new technologies, including the over-the-wing engine mount (OTWEM) configuration that allows increased room in the cabin and cargo hold, while reducing aerodynamic drag increasing performance and fuel efficiency. HondaJet should be good for a cruising speed of 420 knots with a range of up to 1180 nautical miles, all while returning 30-35 percent better fuel economy versus other jets of comparable performance. More information about HondaJet including complete specifications is available at http://www.hondajet.com.
*Cue the VTEC, Si/Type-S/R model jokes.......NOW!*

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