Japan Serves Updates on Two Sporty Names

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
japan serves updates on two sporty names

It’s been a good few years for tuners who cut their teeth – or at least lusted after – sporty machines from Japan back in the day. Recent developments have seen the return of a Civic Type R and freshened Nissan Z, new versions of which are set to hit our shores later this year.

This week, Honda showed off their new R at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan, while video surfaced of Team Nissan demonstrating the aural delights of the forthcoming Z.

We’ll start with the Big H, fresh from testing at the Suzuka Circuit and making its first public appearance in prototype form at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Wearing a camo wrap that was exclusively for it, the next Honda Civic Type R is promised to be the “best performing” Civic Type R to date. This is expected since it is unlikely the House of Honda will take a step backward in the hot-hatch handling and horsepower wars.

What little is known about the upcoming Type R has been gleaned from frame-by-frame study of a test-driving video, one which was shot at Suzuka in Japan and officially released by Honda. It will assuredly have less manic styling properties than the current car, a decision which makes sense given its polarizing design, but your author will still pour one out for the existing Type R when it vanishes since he enjoys its look tremendously. Please keep in mind that I am writing this while wearing a bright orange sweater and usually get a kick out of any car tuned by Mansory. No one said I was sensible.

Elsewhere, video clips have surfaced of the next Nissan Z blipping its throttle and making noise on a cold January morning. The new coupe was shown spitting gearhead delight out of its dual exhaust tips, though it was absent any crackle-and-bang that’s accompanied some of its competitors. Even at rest, for example, some Hyundai N products pop like rapid-fire, though there’s nothing to say Nissan hasn’t saved that bit of tuning for the overrun when letting off the throttle while going into a corner on a close course.

Quick poll of the B&B: Which of these two nameplates are you most excited to see in 2022? Are you the type who enjoyed fiddling with a grey-market Civic Type R in the ‘90s? Or are you a Z-head who preferred the delights of a rear-drive Nissan? Sound off in the comments below.

[Image: Honda]

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  • Cimarron typeR Cimarron typeR on Jan 21, 2022

    rwd +MT+ LSD+non2.0T= Z for me or GR86 if dealers are going to price gouge it

  • Turbo_awd Turbo_awd on Jan 21, 2022

    Not counting the need for carting 4 people around, I prefer the Z as a looker. And I test-drove a 300ZX around '00 (settled on a Corrado VR6). My Honda ties go way further back to our '82 Civic Wagon I learned to drive stick on and drove all over. If I had to pick right now, I'd take the R (in order to carry the family) - but I doubt I'd actually sell the Stinger to buy an R, unless I get SUPER serious with track days or something. I don't need to "win" HPDEs to have fun, and I need the auto for sitting in traffic, etc. Plus, 500 HP+ is fun :-)

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂