Honda HR- V: new RS mode

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - MOTOR GUIDE - EWAN KENNEDY

HONDA Aus­tralia has added a new semi- sporty model to its pop­u­lar HR-V range. The HR-V RS is aimed at those who take a keen at­ti­tude to their driv­ing.

The RS fea­tur­ing 18-inch al­loy wheels, black chrome grille, a hon­ey­comb lower grille and fog­light gar­nish; black door mir­ror caps; dark chromed door han­dles; and a Piano Black body kit.

In­side, the new HR-V RS has heated, leather-ap­pointed seats; a leather­wrapped sports steer­ing wheel and gear knob; and al­loy sports ped­als.

Driv­ing dy­nam­ics are im­proved by sportier damper and spring rates for flat­ter corner­ing, ex­tra con­trol and re­duced body roll.

In an in­ter­est­ing move the RS has a new vari­able steer­ing gear ra­tio of 2.38:1 com­pared to the 2.79:1 of the other in the HR-V range.

How­ever, the new Honda RS doesn’t have any more per­for­mance as there are no changes to the HR-V’s stan­dard 1.8 litre, i-VTEC four-cylin­der en­gine. It con­tin­ues to pro­duce a use­ful 105 kilo­watts of power, with torque of 172 New­ton me­tres.

All HR-V mod­els have a CVT au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, but it now has stepped ra­tios at full throt­tle to give a sporty feel with­out talk­ing too much away from effiecincy of the sys­tem. There are pad­dle shifters on the new RS model if the driver doesn’t agree on the ra­tio cho­sen by the com­puter.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the RS brings the 2018 HR-V range to four model grades: VTi, VTi-S, new RS and VTi-LX.

Change to the style across the HR-V range tie in with suc­cess­ful shape of the Honda Civic. Key to this are a new front bumper and grille across the range, along with LED head­lamps from the VTi-S up­wards.

Satellite nav­i­ga­tion is stan­dard across the range. Honda’s LaneWatch sys­tem is stan­dard from VTi-S model up­wards.

New-de­sign front seats for RS and VTi-LX pro­vide im­proved com­fort and ad­di­tional in­su­la­tion for a qui­eter cabin in RS and VTi-LX.

We will com­ment on this when we bor­row a new Honda HR-V, or two, and carry out our usual ex­ten­sive week’s road test.

SPORTY SPICE: Re­vi­sions to the shape of the Honda HR-V fol­low the for­mat of the stand­out Honda Civic.

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