What happens when you put the innovative minds of a car customizer known for performance-tuning Porsches in charge of souping up a vehicle best known for ferrying children to and from varied after-school sporting events? You get the 1,029-horsepower soccer-mom minivan from H-E-double-hockey-sticks — otherwise known as the Bisimoto 2014 Honda Odyssey Project — guaranteed to have all the kiddies in the suburbs squealing, "Mommy, no!"
Southern California-based Bisimoto Engineering created their "Power Van" based on the 2014 Honda Odyssey, reimagining the standard minivan's respectable 3.5-liter V-6 as a twin-turbo powerhouse with more than triple the horsepower and mating it to a six-speed manual transmission. That's in addition to a customized cabin and a low-riding, aggressive exterior restyle just to drive home the absurdity of it all. No word on whether the HondaVac is optional.
The Bisimoto Odyssey was unveiled this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. Check out the photo gallery below.
The first images Honda released of its 2014 Honda Civic Si today showed the redesigned coupe adorned with wild exterior graphics resembling a sleeve tattoo you might see covering Marilyn Manson's arm. Now we have a new set of images perhaps more in line with the Civic's pragmatic reputation, featuring varying shots of the car in conventional solid colors. Beyond that, you'll be able to get a better idea of what's changed on the coupe, unveiled this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas and set to appear in both coupe and sedan form later this month at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Unlike its sedan sibling, the coupe did not receive a thorough update for the 2013 model year. The coupe's exterior refresh includes a revised grille, hood, fenders, headlights and mirrors, as well as darker taillights and reshaped bumpers.
Click here for our First Look and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
Competes with: Scion tC, Kia Forte Koup
Looks Like: The 2013 Civic coupe got a significant exterior update
Drivetrain: 205-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual transmission; front-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Sometime after the this month's L.A. Auto Show
Ahead of its full unveiling at this month's 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Honda unveiled details on one version of the 2014 Civic: the racier Civic Si. Available as a coupe or sedan, the Si gets a retuned exhaust to make slightly more power. The Civic sedan carries over visually, while the coupe, which lacked the sedan's extensive 2013 visual updates, gets an exterior refresh for 2014. Honda says it revised the grille, hood, fenders, headlights and mirrors; the rear received darker taillights and reshaped bumpers. The result ties the headlights together with a stretched, joining grille; large side openings now dominate the front bumper, too, while the rear has a boxier bumper with horizontal reflectors.
Our focus this month is solely on our 2013 Honda Civic long-term tester. The 2013 Subaru BRZ we've been driving for almost 14,000 miles is on its way out the door and will get a final wrap-up in the coming weeks. For now, let's check in on the Civic.
Continuous high mileage fill-ups over the last month have bumped the Civic's average from 31.93 mpg to 32.49 mpg — the Civic is rated at 28/39/32 mpg city/highway/combined. Our drivers and their light feet averaged 35.79 mpg in October.
Vehicles Affected: 344,187 model-year 2007-2008 Honda Odyssey minivans manufactured between Aug. 8, 2006, and Sept. 8, 2008.
The Problem: Due to a combination of system components and software, the Vehicle Safety Assist system may apply the brakes unexpectedly without illuminating the brake lights. A sudden hard brake with no indication to following drivers increases the risk of a crash.
"I would like to be able to use Pandora in my car like Sirius. I don't want to use it through my smartphone. I don't like the way it sounds through my auxiliary and I like to skip songs. That is the best part! Does anyone know if this is going to be possible in the future?"
As experts largely predicted, car shoppers shook off any hesitation from the federal government shutdown and bought enough new cars in the second half of October to drive the auto industry up about 11 percent by Halloween, judging by numbers from the largest seven automakers.
The Detroit Three led the pack, with sales up 13.9 percent. Nissan, Toyota and Honda gained 9.5 percent, while Hyundai-Kia were nearly flat with a 0.6 percent increase.
"Consumers showed resiliency in October with steady auto sales despite headwinds caused by the government shutdown," Toyota division GM Bill Fay said in a statement. Sales for the automaker's best-selling Camry ebbed, but a redesigned Corolla lifted Toyota's numbers. Honda saw a larger boom in the Civic, while shoppers shied away from the Accord; both cars had a strong October 2012. Nissan's popular Altima, meanwhile, fell 11.5 percent.
For 2013, Honda's compact car got a much-needed update, but the coupe was left behind. For model-year 2014, Honda is bringing the Civic coupe up to speed; it'll debut at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas on Nov. 5.
Check out the teaser image of the sport-oriented Si model above and stay tuned for more information after the car debuts.
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