On the eve of the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda allowed us to drive a prototype of its 2015 Civic Type R. The new performance hatch packs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four with more than 280 horsepower on tap, but sadly we’re unlikely to ever see the car offered in the U.S. since it’s based on the Civic model sold overseas.

Honda also announced today three new direct-injected and turbocharged engines, plus an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with the interesting addition of a torque converter. We were able to test the latter in a 2013 Honda Accord.

America’s own Polaris is the first on the market with an airless tire. The tires can take a direct hit from a .50-caliber round and still drive 350 miles; they can also last 1,000 miles after running over a railroad spike.

You'll find all of this and more in today's car news headlines from around the High Gear Media network, right here at Motor Authority.

Honda Civic Type R 2.0-Liter VTEC Turbo Prototype: Driven

Honda: New Turbo Engines, 8-Speed DCT With Torque Converter

Polaris Airless Tires Go On Sale

Study: Your Spouse Is The Most Annoying Driver You Know

2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO: GT3-Influenced Top-Performance Model

2015 Honda Fit To Have 36-MPG Combined Gas Mileage Rating

Lightweight Carbon Fiber Honda CR-Z Prototype: Driven

Study: Consumers Very Interested In Electric Cars & Hybrids. Diesels, Not So Much

2013 Tokyo Motor Show Preview

Redesigned Ford Edge Could Offer Hybrid Model In 2015 Or Later


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