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2010 Honda Insight - Shake Down

Jun 1, 2009
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Chassis Code
Edjumacation: '92-'98 Crx del sol

EG1 USDM S ('93-'95) D15B7
EH6 USDM S ('96-'97) D16Y7
EH6 USDM Si D16Z6/Y8

Opportunity's Knocking
Everyone knows Hondas hold their value for years but, as with most cars, age and value are inversely proportional, inevitably causing prices to come down. Now that some of our favorites are getting older, they've become much more affordable, opening the door to a whole new generation of builders. Here are two of Honda's newest most wanted.

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NSX: Honda's flagship sports car was way out of reach for the majority of buyers just a few years ago, but with almost 20 years under its belt, the car's fallen into the affordable sports car segment. Since the economy's initial retreat nearly two years ago, NSX prices have dropped roughly 10 percent. Take a look at the early-model NA1:

2006 2009
$29K-$38K $20K-$32K
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S2000: It's the roadster that single-handedly turned non-Honda fans into lifers. It's front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, top-down configuration is fun all rolled into one. Take a look at the AP1:

2006 2009

But don't let the numbers mislead you; with the economy in its current state, these cars can be picked up for much less than what some reports would suggest. Now's your chance!

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Do You Have The Worst Commute?
The average American spends more than 100 hours each year commuting to and from work, according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau survey. Think yours is worse? Prove it to Quaker State, and you could win a ride to work from three-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. Upload your own 30- to 60-second video to and let them know why you think your daily commute deserves the title of "world's worst." Entries will be accepted until May 31, 2009, and voting will be open until June 15, 2009.

Then And Now:
Yesterday's And Today's
"Must Haves"

Appearance: Color-matched moldings and sideskirts
  PIAA fog lights
Fuba roof antennas
Non-Honda sidemarkers
Integra LS and Civic Si hubcaps (budget)
Standard-offset Sparco and Mugen wheels (baller)
Razo shift knobs and pedals
MOMO steering wheels
Auto Meter Monster tachs
Performance: HKS and Ultraflow exhausts
  Lightspeed and Gude headers
RS Akimoto and HKS intakes
ZC engine swaps
Straight pipes
JG and Gude camshaft(s) (for the hardcore)
Neuspeed or Eibach springs

Appearance: JDM front lips
  JDM mirrors (OEM or aftermarket)
Carbon-fiber rear wings and diffusers
Unpainted moldings and sideskirts
Tow hooks
Low-profile color choices
Low-offset wheels
OEM Recaro and aftermarket bucket seats
JDM aftermarket and OEM steering wheels
Roll bars, cages, and chassis bars
Wire tucks
Performance: B-, H-, and K-series swaps
  Individual throttle bodies
Aluminum radiators
Catch cans and breather tanks
Adjustable coilovers
Fully built engines
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Geneva Motor Show '09
Honda announced several new models, engine upgrades, and officially said goodbye to the S2000 at the 79th annual Geneva Motor Show. Joining the new models will be the new CR-Z (Compact Renaissance Zero), an expression intended to capture the idea of a renaissance in the design of compact cars. The production model will offer something new to the hybrid market when it's launched later next year. Adding to its lineup of already fuel-efficient vehicles, the FCX Clarity also made an appearance. The zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle is based on an entirely new Honda V-Flow fuel cell platform, and features improvements in driving range, power, weight, and efficiency and boasts a dynamic and sophisticated appearance. The all-new 180hp derivative of the i-DTEC diesel engine also made an appearance. The new engine features a more powerful variant, which produces peak power at 4,000 rpm, a 30 hp increase over the standard i-DTEC engine. The redesigned engine will be fitted to the upcoming Accord Type S, which goes on sale in European markets early this summer.

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2010 Insight Pricing Set
You already know that the 2010 Insight is officially available at most Honda dealerships, but did you know that it's also the most affordable hybrid offered in the U.S.? The all-new Insight--powered by a 1.3-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine and 10 kw electric motor combo--achieves more than 43 mpg and can be yours for less than $20,000. The Insight's four-cylinder engine with its intelligent variable valve timing features a DC brushless electric motor that forms the foundation of the IMA hybrid system. The electric motor, positioned in-line between the engine and the transmission, adds power during acceleration and in certain cruising situations, and recaptures energy from the vehicle's forward momentum during braking. The Insight's IMA system has the capability to operate exclusively on electric power in certain low- to mid-speed cruising conditions. It can also provide cylinder deactivation during deceleration and an idle-stop feature when the vehicle is stationary. With a 10.6-gallon fuel tank, the Insight delivers an estimated maximum driving range exceeding 400 miles. And did we mention it's the cheapest hybrid in the U.S.?

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Are You Worthy?
Are you destined for glory? Elevate your car to the status of legend on SPEC TV, SPEC's (manufacturer of high-performance clutches and flywheels) all new video website. Who will it be? Who has what it takes? To the winner, goes the ultimate performance prize. So ask yourself, are you up to the challenge? Submit a video of your car in action and tell SPEC why you're worthy and you could win a complete SPEC clutch and flywheel package.



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