IN PRAISE OF THE TYPE R, THE NÜRBURGRING AND ROAD TRIPS
By now, many of you (especially those that consider themselves to be Civic enthusiasts) have, at the very least, heard of all-new 2017 Honda Civic Type R.
It literally has been everywhere in recent months – splashed across numerous magazine covers, on billboards, on social media and, more recently, on television now that Honda's ad campaigns have kicked in.
In short, there's been no shortage of publicity for this hot hatch, and for good reason.
Not only is it a spectacular car – as Micky Slinger, editor of our sister publication PASMAG discovered when he drove the car on track at Mont Tremblant during the Canadian press launch this past summer – but the fifth-generation Type R is also the first one Honda is selling in North America.
Older grey market European and Japanese-spec variants have trickled into our market over the years, but they are exceedingly rare. In fact, I've yet to see an older gen Type R on the road in the Toronto area, although I'm sure there are a few out there.
Being able to finally buy one at your local Honda dealer without having to go through the hassle of importation and having to accept the attendant risks that go along with it is big news indeed.
As for the car itself, Micky came back from the launch full of praise for the Type R, and as the editor of North America's leading aftermarket tuner mag, not to mention the owner of a modified Scion FR-S, he knows of what he writes.
I don't want to steal Micky's thunder here, so for more on his impressions of the Civic Type R, please flip to page 30.
Elsewhere in this issue, we've assembled a solid roster of good reads from our fine roster of contributors.
Mark Hacking was among a handful of Canadian automotive journalists who had the distinct privilege of putting the 2018 Kia Stinger GT (page 44) through its paces on the legendary Nürburgring Circuit in Germany – as Rod Stewart once sang, some guys have all the luck!
Closer to home, David Miller got some seat time in the 2018 Volvo V90 R Design (page 48) on the roads near Mirabel, Quebec. Volvo has become a marque to watch these days, as the Swedish manufacturer continues to write its renaissance with a new product being rolled out roughly every six months.
Speaking of Quebec, our long-time motorsports writer George Webster took in the sights and sounds of the first Canadian Formula E race weekend in Montreal. George has spent decades on Canadian motorsports as a race official and correspondent, but this was his first experience with Formula E. His report from Montreal begins on page 56.
Finally, if you're a fan of road trips we've got you covered in this issue of Ignition.
Jeff Wilson, one of our award-winning writers and photographers drove to the near American south this summer in a 2017 Dodge Challenger R/T. With his girlfriend Allie riding shotgun, Jeff's trip took him to Nashville, where he checked out the city's burgeoning entertainment scene, before heading north to Kentucky where he found the famous Bourbon Trail. His dispatch begins on page 52.
Our second road trip comes courtesy of your truly, when I was fortunate to spend the Labour Day weekend driving to and from the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky behind the wheel of a 2017 Corvette Grand Sport. The story begins on page 16.
Wherever the roads may take you this fall, we're glad to be a part of your journey. EDITORIAL ART & PRODUCTION
Edward Shintani Patrick Beltijar Mike Chan
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I-PACE etrophy Series Jaguar Racing intends to launch a one-make racing series to serve as an exclusive support series race for the FIA Formula E Championship. Jaguar claims it will be the world's first production battery electric racing series.
Jaguar plans to have up to 20 I-PACES in each race, the company's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit located in Warwickshire, UK will build all of them, and they will be based on the production I-PACE SUV. Jaguar aims to launch the I-PACE etrophy Series to coincide with the fifth season of Formula E, which is at the end of 2018. That time frame coincides with the arrival of the production I-PACE.
M5 The sixth- gen BMW M5 is powered by a twinturbocharged 4.4- litre V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of maximum torque and is mated to an eight- speed (automatic) Steptronic transmission that drives all four wheels (for the first time) via xdrive with the Dynamic Stability Control ( DSC) turned on. Fortunately, the DSC can be turned off, which allows the driver to enjoy a more traditional rear-wheel drive experience. Did I mention the M5 is fast? 0-100 km/ h time of 3.4 seconds, 0-200 km/ h in 11.1 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (304 km/h with the optional M Driver's Package).
For the first time in M5 history, BMW is launching it with a First Edition. Only 400 will be built ( in Frozen Red Metallic), with 32 earmarked for Canada. Each First Edition will come with high- gloss Shadow Line trim, piano black finishes inside and a plaque on the centre console indicating the car's production number ( i. e. 1 of 400). These copies will begin arriving next spring, with pricing to be announced closer to launch. Regular M5 production will commence afterwards.