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The 2021 Honda Civic Type R has finally touched down in Australia sporting the same updates as in other markets.

One of the key upgrades made to the 2021 Civic Type R is new software for the Adaptive Damper System that evaluates road conditions ten times faster than before, resulting in improved damper reactions for better handling and ride quality. Additionally, the rear bushings for the lower B-arm have been stiffened to provide an eight per cent improvement in lateral loads and the front features new compliance bushings and new lower-friction ball joints that trigger sharper steering feel.

Honda’s engineers have also improved braking performance with the fitment of new two-piece floating front brake discs and brake pads with a more fade-resistant pad material.

Read Also: Driven – 2019 Honda Civic Type R Does What No Other Hot Hatch Can

Powering the class-leading hot hatch is a 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC four-cylinder that pumps out 306 hp (228 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. While these figures are the same as previous model years, the 2021 model’s larger grille decreases coolant temperature by up to 10 degrees Celsius in high-demand situations, such as track days. Coupled to this engine is a six-speed manual transmission with a rev-matching function and a new teardrop-style gear knob.

New for 2021 is an Active Sound Control feature that enhances the engine note during Sport and +R modes. The hot hatch also launches with the new Honda LogR performance datalogger that combines the car’s onboard computer and sensors with a smartphone application to help drivers monitor and record various performance parameters.

In addition to receiving a new gear knob, the cabin also includes an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. The Racing Blue paint pictured is also a new addition to the range and joins Rally Red, Crystal Black and Championship White.

Aussie pricing for the 2021 Civic Type R starts at AU$54,990 (US$41,797) before on-road costs and delivery fees, representing a AU$3,000 (US$2,280) price hike over the outgoing model.

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Christmas is one week away and that means automakers are heavily promoting year-end sales events with a holiday twist.

Many of them show spouses surprising their significant other with a new car. That’s not very realistic so Saturday Night Live decided to poke fun at Lexus’ December to Remember campaign.

Things start out innocently enough as a husband gives his wife the keys to a new Lexus RX. After the initial surprise wears off, the wife says “Are you f-ing kidding me, Nathan? Did you seriously buy a car without asking me?”

Also Read: Bah, Humbug! Are Holiday Car Ads As Effective As Automakers Think?

Thing quickly go downhill as the wife explains they don’t have the money to afford it, much to the surprise of their son. It’s then revealed the husband hasn’t been working since March and it wasn’t because of COVID-19, because he was fired in 2019.

The laughs continue as the husband thought he got a deal on the RX as only $3,999 was due at signing. His wife asks how much the monthly payment is and it’s revealed the husband didn’t know there were monthly payments.

The skit ends as a neighbor, who recently loaned the husband money, comes over to demand payment after seeing their shiny new Lexus. He then reveals the wife has been cheating and the husband has a thing for his son’s girlfriend.

It’s a humorous take on a car commercial staple and a good remember that surprising your wife with a new car might not be the smartest idea.

 

Enthusiasts love high-performance wagons and this 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8 will likely pull at their heartstrings.

Set to be auctioned by Mecum next month, the car is in “highly original condition” and has spent most of its life in a climate controlled storage facility. As a result, it has only been driven 2,169 miles (3,491 km) in the past 14 years.

There’s no word on why the car wasn’t driven much, but the Magnum is in excellent condition as it’s Inferno Red Crystal Pearl paint job appears flawless and there aren’t any signs of rust or damage.

Also Read: This Company Is Building A Hellcat-Powered Dodge Charger Wagon

The interior is immaculate as well as it doesn’t look like anyone has ever used the two-tone sports seats with red contrast stitching. While it’s heavy on cheap plastic, the cabin also features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sunroof and an infotainment system with GPS navigation. Of course, the real coup de grâce is a cargo capacity of 71.6 cubic feet (2,027 liters) which is a bit less than the 2021 Durango’s 85.1 cubic feet.

Besides the roomy interior, the Magnum SRT8 has a 6.1-liter V8 engine that produces 425 hp (317 kW / 431 PS) and 420 lb-ft (569 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to a five-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

This allows the wagon to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in the low five second range and run the quarter mile in around 13 seconds. That’s slightly slower than the 2021 Durango 392 which hits 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds and can run the quarter mile in an NHRA-certified 12.9 seconds.

While the old timer can’t keep with up younger whippersnappers, the SRT8 featured a number of upgrades over lesser Magnums. Among the changes were a Brembo braking system and a sport-tuned suspension with retuned springs, Bilstein dampers and beefier anti-sway bars.

There’s no auction estimate, but the 2006 Magnum SRT8 originally started at $37,995.

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Picture credits: Mecum