Honda’s new HR-V gets all sporty

Cynon Valley - - MOTORS WALES - DAVID WHINYATES news­[email protected]­

HONDA’S HR-V will be get­ting a lot more sporty next year, with the in­tro­duc­tion of a dy­namic new Sport model which will come with a more pow­er­ful 1.5-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine, up­rated sus­pen­sion and what the com­pany calls “be­spoke de­sign fea­tures”.

The 1.5-litre VTEC Turbo en­gine in the new HR-V Sport was first seen in the lat­est-gen­er­a­tion Honda Civic Sport and boasts peak power of 180bhp com­pared with the HR-V’s stan­dard-fit 128bhp petrol en­gine. It will be avail­able mated to ei­ther a six-speed man­ual gear­box or CVT auto trans­mis­sion.

Al­though Honda has not, as yet, re­leased any per­for­mance fig­ures for the HR-V Sport, the same en­gine pro­vides the Civic Sport man­ual with a 0-60mph time of around 8.5 sec­onds and a max­i­mum speed of 137mph.

The HR-V Sport has been de­vel­oped, says Honda, to cater to buy­ers who want a sportier driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence from a sub­com­pact SUV.

It will be equipped with be­spoke “Per­for­mance Damper” tech­nol­ogy de­signed to keep the car flat­ter through cor­ners, with en­hanced sta­bil­ity dur­ing sud­den lane changes and re­duced vi­bra­tion over un­even roads.

The steer­ing set-up will also be unique to the Sport model and em­ploys a vari­able ra­tio elec­tric power-as­sisted rack-and­pin­ion sys­tem with han­dling as­sist tech­nol­ogy.

In­side, new seats for the driver and front pas­sen­ger pro­vide im­proved sup­port in the seat cush­ion and back rest.

The dy­namic styling con­tin­ues in the in­te­rior, with ex­clu­sive leather and cloth trimmed seats in black and dark red, com­bined with black roof lin­ing to en­hance the sporty ap­peal.

Honda HR-V

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