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Old 02-17-2011, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default Honda Showcases Tuning Potential With REMIX CR-Z and Accord Tuner Cars [CIAS 2011]

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Honda is well aware that it has a strong following of enthusiasts who love to modify their cars and with the launch of the 9th generation Civic expected later this year, the Japanese automaker is catering to its fan base, displaying a few tuner cars at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

Flanking the new Civic Si Concept and Civic Sedan Concept are what Honda is calling the REMIX CR-Z and REMIX Accord Coupe, built in association with Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG).

As expected with PASMAG, both cars have big audio systems, but otherwise the builds are surprisingly clean, both using matte white and matte black paint, with tame aero kits, suspension drops and some nice Enkei wheels. For all the details, hit the jump for the press release, and check out the galleries below.


Canadian Experts Engaged in the Creation of Two Special, One-of-a-Kind Models

Toronto, Ontario (February 17, 2011) – Today, during the press preview of the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Honda Canada unveiled two examples of how its vehicles can be customized for sportier looks and performance – the Honda REMIX CR-Z and Honda REMIX Accord Coupe. Honda worked with Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) to do what so many Canadians before them have done – take a great Honda product and personalize it.

“We’re proud of the history our products have with after-market customizations and we wanted to see what these product experts could come up with,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president of Honda Canada. “We love that many people choose our cars as the canvas for their personal expression.”

The REMIX vehicles were completed in just six weeks and will be on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto from February 18-27. Further details are available upon request, or by visiting http://honda.pasmag.com.

About the REMIX CR-Z
Developed as a stylish, driver-focused vehicle with an emphasis on efficient “green” performance with a fun-to-drive demeanour, the 2011 Honda CR-Z is a sleek, two-passenger, gasoline-electric hybrid coupe that uses a 1.5-litre i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine and Honda’s unique, compact and lightweight Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) system to provide sporty, responsive handling.

The challenge laid out from Honda was to build upon its original design and produce a CR-Z with more power, less weight, improved efficiency and unique styling – and the result is incredible. Among the many modifications performed by PASMAG’s official builder International Automotive and Custom (IAC) were the installation of an AEM Cold Air Intake for improved air flow, a new Magnaflow stainless steel exhaust, and BC Racing ER-Series coilovers for sportier handling. The REMIX CR-Z rides on stylish 18-inch, black Enkei Wheels Fujin alloys wrapped in high performance Yokohama S.Drive tires. PASMAG also used matte white paint and matte black accents to create a very unique look.

Inside, the audio and multimedia upgrades were performed by the experts at 20 Hz Audio Sound and Security, the official PASMAG installer. The original stereo was replaced with JVC’s premier KW-NT30HD navigation head unit featuring CD and DVD playback, iPod and iPhone USB connectivity, HD radio tuner and Bluetooth wireless technology, complete with a 6.1 inch touchscreen. 20 Hz also installed JVC’s high-end Arsenal-branded 8000 Series amplifiers, along with Arsenal subwoofers and speakers to provide exceptional audio quality and power.

About the REMIX Accord Coupe
Receiving a number of updates this year, the 2011 Honda Accord Coupe is the ultimate choice for young professionals who still wants to be excited when they drive. The 3.5L V6 produces 271 horsepower with optimal timing through its 24-valve i-VTEC system. Paddle shifters and an available 6-speed manual transmission provide a driving experience un-matched in the segment.

The mission for the Accord REMIX was simple – take the exhilarating drive that this powerful coupe delivers and express it visually. Modifications performed by IAC included a K&N Typhoon Intake to open up the airways for the potent V6 along with a Magnaflow stainless steel muffler and custom stainless steel exhaust. Stopping power was augmented with the installation of Wilwood 4-piston big front brakes, and the original wheels and tires were exchanged for 19-inch Enkei Wheels RP05 alloys wrapped in Continental ContiSport Contact 3 tires for exceptional three-season performance. Like the CR-Z, PASMAG used matte white paint and black accents to provide a sharp contrast.

To create a powerful audio and multimedia experience, 20 Hz added a PAC Sven4 module to allow the factory stereo to interface with the powerful audio gear from Gentec International. Phoenix Gold amplifiers and subwoofers, matched with Energy speakers have been installed to surround Remix Accord occupants with brilliant and dynamic sound.






















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Old 02-17-2011, 04:37 PM   #2
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Default Honda Accord HFP Coupe ‘Limited Series Black’ Debuts for Canadian Market [CIAS 2011]

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Honda Canada today announced the first vehicle to wear the Honda Factory Performance (HFP) badge at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. While most of the upgrades are aesthetic, it is a bit of a shame that this limited Accord Coupe is a Canada-exclusive package, as it’s not all just about the new aero kit.

To help in the handling department, the Limited Series Black Accord HFP Coupe gets a new suspension setup that lets the car sit 1-inch lower to the ground. Also included are a nice set of 19-inch HFP wheels. No engine upgrades are included, but the Accord already delivers a potent kick thanks to a 217-hp V6 engine.

Available with either a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual, the Accord is only available in black with just 200 models set to hit dealers. Priced at $37,890 it’s not cheap, but not a huge increase over the current top-trim Accord Coupe offering in Canada.

It’s not yet clear if Honda plans to offer additional HFP models and if they will make their way to the U.S.

























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Old 02-17-2011, 04:59 PM   #3
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The HFP Accord looks pretty slick.
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:07 PM   #4
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honda, having thrown excellence to the wind is now officially sanctioning the ricing out of it's cars as it's last hope?

(statment based on the absurdity that is the remix, not the HFP, HFP remains a classy modification).
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:16 PM   #5
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What tuning potential. In all seriousness, I rather see what KIA has in store on the back booth.
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Old 02-17-2011, 07:52 PM   #6
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They could truly focus on custom-ordered HFP goodies, full packages much like SVT and so forth. Or an Audi S-line kind of deal. But, they don't. Sad, really.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:28 PM   #7
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Gag.

I'd trade any of those in on something else if I were given it as a gift.
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The HFP Accord looks pretty slick.
I agree but I don't understand why the don't just drop an Acura 3.7 in the Accord and then add some performance parts?!!
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:56 PM   #9
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Honda Canada unveiled two examples of how its vehicles can be customized for sportier looks and performance – the Honda REMIX CR-Z and Honda REMIX Accord Coupe.

The REMIX vehicles were completed in just six weeks and will be on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto from February 18-27.

The challenge laid out from Honda was to build upon its original design and produce a CR-Z with more power, less weight, improved efficiency and unique styling – and the result is incredible.

Among the many modifications performed by PASMAG’s official builder International Automotive and Custom (IAC) were the installation of an AEM Cold Air Intake for improved air flow, a new Magnaflow stainless steel exhaust, and BC Racing ER-Series coilovers for sportier handling. The REMIX CR-Z rides on stylish 18-inch, black Enkei Wheels Fujin alloys wrapped in high performance Yokohama S.Drive tires. PASMAG also used matte white paint and matte black accents to create a very unique look.
Really? This is what counts as incredible after six weeks of work?
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I agree but I don't understand why the don't just drop an Acura 3.7 in the Accord and then add some performance parts?!!
Because it would step on the Acura TL's toes. Yeah it'd be great, but I doubt they'd do it.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:58 AM   #11
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Because it would step on the Acura TL's toes. Yeah it'd be great, but I doubt they'd do it.
Make it available on the coupe only as a performance model. Acura has no performance coupe currently.

What they did with these 2 cars is something I saw in my local Honda dealership showroom 10 years ago with Honda OEM aero kits and AEM & Neuspeed parts.

For years now all the things us car enthusiasts on the internet forums think of as logical, never seem to enter Honda's thinking.
No TSX Type S with the RDX Motor, but we get a V6 now?
With all the underlying hype no Type R Honda?
No factory turbo civic?
No Genesis Coupe competitor?
No actual performance line of equipment like Nismo, TRD, BMW M?
ASPEC HFP, and Mugen are jokes, almost all cosmetic!

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I spy, with my little eye, two useless pieces of crap.
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Honda truly has a huge performance sport compact following in the us. Why they chose to ignore it and keep making eco cars is beyond me.

If they offered the FN2/FD2 in the US, I'd grab one up in a heartbeat. Instead we get the garnished up turd.
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Not really impressive in any way, but maybe it means they are starting to think about performance and enthusiasts again/more (I doubt it though). Who knows in regards to Honda right now. They seem to have no real focus anymore and not really doing anything amazingly well, not leading in any regard. Hopefully they will snap out of it soon and start making progress, but I am not holding my breath. The market out there keeps fluctuating and I think they just don't know what to do and are not willing to take any risks right now.
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Honda truly has a huge performance sport compact following in the us. Why they chose to ignore it and keep making eco cars is beyond me.
Maybe because they want to be profitable? For every even slightly modified Civic or Accord out there there must be at least 1000 that are bone stock.
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Maybe because they want to be profitable? For every even slightly modified Civic or Accord out there there must be at least 1000 that are bone stock.
But for every 10,000 Civics coupes, Accord Coupes, and CR-Zs, they could sell at least a handful of S2000s, NSXs, or an S2000-derived SH-RWD Acura RSX, if they would build successors to those cars.

And the Civics, Accords, and CR-Zs are getting laughed at. Pathetic offerings. Honda used to be better than this.
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Did they really just brag about a $37,000 coupe with 217 horsepower, FWD, like it's great? what is $37,000 canadian?

Wait, i just looked it up. almost 1 to 1.

~$37,000 USD too?
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Probably 5 to 10 k less in USD as car prices in Canada don't reflect the current fx rate. I test drove the accord and found it very refined but soul-less and lacking in power. I have a good friend whose husband owns one, and she has a Pontiac g5. She prefers the g5.
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This, that, those.

Dat 'dere statement.

Unfortunately.
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Because it would step on the Acura TL's toes. Yeah it'd be great, but I doubt they'd do it.
And the Mustang 3.7 would kick its butt while delivering higher mileage.
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