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>In the automotive industry, some car manufacturers are more popular than others. Some are far more successful in the commercial market, yet others are just known for making quality cars. But one car manufacturer known for all three is Honda, with the Honda sports car being a staple for any Honda fans.

There have been many popular Honda sports cars over the years, and each one has its own merits, with some better than others. Today we look at 8 of the best sports Honda sports cars out there.

Our 8 best Honda sports cars are:

S800Civic Type R EK9NSX- Type RIntegra Type RS2000 AP1Civic Type R FK8S2000 Club RacerNSX – Second Generation

Here’s a look at our top 8 Honda Sports cars:

8. Honda S800

Coming in at number 8 in our best Honda sports cars is the Honda S800, a 2-door two-seater sports car produced from 1966 through to 1970. It was available in either coupe or convertible versions.

Source: Bonhams

Preceded by the famous S600 with a 9500 Rpm redline, the S800 with its advanced technical specifications and British sports car styling developed a worldwide curiosity about Japanese vehicles, which previously were not considered on par by the European car manufacturers.

Its 791cc advanced DOHC inline-four engine produced an astounding 70 horsepower and was paired with an all-synchromesh 4-speed gearbox delivering to the rear wheels. With this power, the vehicle was able to achieve a high speed of 100 miles at the time, which was more than any other vehicle of the same level could ever hope to achieve.

11,536 examples of the Honda S800 were produced before manufacturing of the vehicle ceased in 1970.

7. Honda Civic Type R EK9

The Honda Civic Type R is a hot hatch produced by Honda from 1997 to 2001 and was based on the 6th generation Civic. The EK9 Civic was the third vehicle to be badged ‘Type R’ following the NSX and the Integrale Type R DC2. Unfortunately, the EK9 is rarely seen in the US and UK as they were released for the Japanese market only.

The Civic Type R was devised to be a rally car for the street. It had a naturally aspirated engine, sport-tuned suspension, and its aerodynamic body was designed in wind tunnels.

It comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a whopping 182-horsepower at 8200 rpm – one of the highest power outputs per liter to come from a naturally aspirated engine. Weighing in at only 2366 pounds, the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 mph.

6. Honda NSX- Type R

The Honda NSX- Type R is an absolute monster. The power, the handling, the speed, the precise steering, is this even possible to be legal? The NSX-Type R is Honda’s stylish version of a track car and is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 in a mere 5.7 seconds.

Despite Engineers making compromises in order to strike a balance between raw performance and daily drivability for the NSX that was released in 1990, the 1992 debut of the NSX-Type R was tailored for drivers in search of an uncompromising racing experience.

Honda NSX- Type R
Source: BH Auction

The NSX Type-R is powered by a 3-liter mid-engine V6 that is capable of producing 276 horsepower at 7300 rpm. Its high-revving engine contains a few innovative production technologies, including titanium connecting rods, forged pistons, and the VTEC valve train.

After the engine was perfected, Honda went all-in on weight reduction on an already light aluminum-bodied NSX. The seats were carbon-kevlar Recaro seats, relatively light and simple steering, and a gearhead made of Titanium. In addition, all of the windows, the rear glass, and the windshield were made thinner. But that was not all; Honda even threw out the AC and gave the stereo as an optional commodity, which wasn’t available in standard versions. This allowed Honda to reduce the weight of the car by about 265 pounds from the standard NSX.

Honda produced only 483 examples of the NSX-R, with all being sold within Japan, making it a rare sight in the US or UK.

5. Honda Integra Type R

The Honda Integra made booming noises as soon as it launched with a sale of over a quarter-million cars in its first year. It didn’t stop there; Honda kept throwing out more extensive and better beasts each year when it came to the Integra. It

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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: The 8 Best Honda Sports Cars to Own
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/best-honda-sports-cars/
Published Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2021 21:02:05 +0000

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Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

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Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Mention motorcycle brands and the American Midwest in the same sentence, and a particular Motor Co. springs to mind first. But there’s a smaller company 146 miles away, across Lake Michigan, producing small bikes with big attitudes. They’re called Janus Motorcycles, and this is their latest offering—the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler.

Based in Goshen, Indiana, Janus Motorcycles specializes in vintage-styled, made-to-order motorcycles. Using engines from the Italian brand SWM, their bikes can be specced with myriad color and accessory options, before being assembled by hand and shipped to their new owners. Only a handful of parts come from external suppliers—the rest are made in-house, or by Janus’ local network of craftsmen, many of which are Amish.

Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype

The Janus Gryffin 450 shows off the same scrambler styling as the existing Gryffin 250, but uses the engine from the company’s bigger Halcyon 450 bobber. You’re looking at the prototype build, devoid of any paint and finishings. Janus is in the thick of finalizing development, with the Gryffin 450 expected to go into production in July.

Derived from the single-cylinder donk in the Honda XR400, the 445 cc SWM motor makes around 30 hp. It’s not likely to set any land speed records, but that’s just fine for the Janus team. Their philosophy is building bikes that are not just gorgeous, but approachable too.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Work in progress: A peek at the Janus Gryffin 450 scrambler prototype
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/janus-gryffin-450-prototype
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 16:01:56 +0000

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The Paloma: Deus ex Machina’s Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike

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Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike by Deus ex Machina
Held on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula since 1962, the Baja 1000 is a desert race like no other. As mythical as it is grueling, finishing it requires skill, willpower, and a little luck; finishing on the podium, even more so.

You’re looking at the motorcycle that took second place in last year’s running of the Baja 1000. Built and fielded by a team from Deus ex Machina’s American operation, it’s a well-prepped Husqvarna FE 450 with a livery that’s all fun—and a parts-spec that’s all business. Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Paloma,’ the bike not only boasts a second-place finish in the Pro Moto Unlimited class of the Baja 1000, but it also bagged second overall in the 2023 World Desert Championship.

Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike by Deus ex Machina

The man responsible for the build was Ciaran Naran, who shared race duties with Forrest Minchinton, Nick Lapaglia, and Derek Asserbauer. A previous Baja 1000 winner, Ciaran’s been racing dirt bikes since he was eight years old—and he’s figured out how to make them faster along the way. Working out of Deus’ Venice Beach workshop, Ciaran put countless late nights into turning the 2023-model Husqvarna FE 450 Heritage Edition into this wily, silver medal-winning desert sled.

Even in stock form, the Husqvarna FE 450 is a beast. Thanks to its chromoly frame and carbon fiber subframe, it weighs a paltry 108.3 kilos [238.8 lbs] dry—which is no match for its punchy four-stroke motor. Add a smorgasbord of high-end parts, and you have the beginnings of a race-winning

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: The Paloma: Deus ex Machina’s Husqvarna FE 450 Baja 1000 race bike
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/husqvarna-fe-450-baja-race-bike
Published Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2024 22:11:57 +0000

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A WORLD OF ITS OWN: Take Time to Explore the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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A WORLD OF ITS OWN: Take Time to Explore the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Written by Barbara Toombs

Back in the mid-1980s, then Scottsdale mayor Herb Drinkwater had a vision that the beautiful northern part of his city at the foot of the McDowell Mountains would become the epicenter of world-class events. Through Drinkwater’s persuasiveness, The Phoenix Open golf tournament relocated to the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale in 1987, with Barrett-Jackson moving to what had become known as HorseWorld in 1989 (changing its name to WestWorld in 1990).

The TPC was developed as part of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort, a sprawling 65-acre property that also opened in 1987. Being just 2.5 miles away from the site of The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions and sharing a similar commitment to excellence, the Princess was a natural choice to become the official resort of Barrett-Jackson’s flagship Scottsdale Auction each January.

The iconic AAA Five Diamond resort has proven to be an outstanding destination for visitors of all ages – particularly in the winter months for those looking to escape their snowbound states back East. No matter the weather, the Princess offers an incredible array of activities for its guests.

Golf remains a big attraction here, with TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course and Champions Course both located right next door. The resort’s golf concierge can help visitors arrange tee times there or at one of the more than 200 other courses located in sunny Scottsdale.

For those who love the water, the Princess also does not disappoint. The resort boasts six sparkling pools, all of which are kept at a pleasant 80 degrees Fahrenheit and are open 24/7. A favorite among families is the Sonoran Splash Pool, a 6,000-square-foot aquatic oasis with two 200-foot twisting water slides, a zero-entry pool deck and a sandbox play area. Also popular for those traveling with children is Sunset Beach, the resort’s largest pool, which features a 9,000 square-foot white-sand beach and giant splash pad.

The adults-only Sonoran Landing pool invites you to swim laps in one of two lanes or just relax in an oversized hammock, plush day bed or floating bean bag and enjoy some poolside libations. At the heart of the property is the Princess Pool, with sweeping views of the resort’s lush lagoons and golf course, as well as in-pool hot tubs providing the ultimate in evening relaxation under a starry sky.

There’s also a rooftop pool for guests at the acclaimed 44,000-square-foot Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which offers everything from the exhilaration of aerial yoga to the tranquility of a customized aromatherapy massage. At this hidden oasis guests can enjoy a wealth of treatments, as well as a wet steam room, Swedish dry sauna, hot therapeutic whirlpool, fitness center, grotto waterfall and healthy spa cuisine.

Photos Courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Speaking of cuisine, there are dining options to suit all tastes at the Princess. Top of the list is Bourbon Steak from award-winning Chef Michael Mina – an upscale, contemporary American steakhouse. If it’s south-of-the-border dishes you’re craving, La Hacienda will be just the ticket, with offerings including fresh guacamole crafted tableside and slow-braised pork carnitas.

Other restaurants on the vast property include the Ironwood American Kitchen for breakfast, lunch or dinner (as well as weekend brunch), while the Plaza Bar offers a great indoor/outdoor atmosphere where you can grab a bite to eat and signature craft cocktails. Looking for something a little different? Over at the nearby TPC Golf Clubhouse you can explore the innovative fusion of Asian and Latin flavors at Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar.

For those who love to shop, check out the upscale men’s and women’s clothing boutiques at the resort. You can pick up children’s apparel, pool toys and more at the Trailblazers Shop located at the Trailblazers Recreation Center – where you can also rent fishing equipment or join the kids for a dig in the virtual reality sand box, ride the 3D simulators or grab a basketball for a game of hoops at the resort’s sport court.

You may be in town for the incredible cars at Barrett-Jackson – but be sure to take time to experience all the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has to offer!

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: A WORLD OF ITS OWN: Take Time to Explore the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/a-world-of-its-own-take-time-to-explore-the-fairmont-scottsdale-princess/
Published Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2023 16:25:53 +0000

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