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Honda Gold Wing becomes first motorcycle to offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now available for Gold Wing motorcycles.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

In May, Honda announced that its Gold Wing motorcycles were getting Android Auto integration. That is now a reality as the technology joins Apple CarPlay on the motorcycle.

The Gold Wing is Honda's flagship motorcycle. Its family consists of the Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour, which start at $23,800 and $27,500 respectively. The technology enhancement will include all current-model Gold Wing platform vehicles (2018 and newer).

With the addition, customers with Android 5.0 or later smartphones and the Android Auto app can use Android Auto to stream music, take and place calls, and message while using their motorcycle. These functionalities mirror those of Apple CarPlay and match up with how Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are traditionally used in passenger cars.

Honda Gold Wing Navigation 2019 Last year, Honda issued an update to the motorcycles' navigation system.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a free addition to the Gold Wing family of motorcycles.

To get the technology in their motorcycle, owners of 2018-2020 motorcycles need to visit the Honda Powersports website. The free software update includes Android Auto capability as well as audio equalizer adjustments, ew navigation automatic volume adjustments, four-color map selection, ETA function, speed limit signs shown for the route, and the ability to display Chinese and Korean characters on music tiles and in a phone book.

To complete the update, owners will need a USB 2.0 or higher flash drive with at least 16 GB capacity, a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, and at least one hour of time. There are separate downloads for Mac and PC users.

Detailed instructions for completing the update have been provided by Honda on the website and appear straightforward. It's important to note that this update rewrites your navigation and favorites location history. If you have a destination worth saving, you'll want to have the information stored elsewhere ahead of starting the update.

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The new Si gets many improvements over the standard Civic.

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The 2022 Civic and Civic Hatchback are just starting to hit our streets, but Honda's already moved on to higher performance versions of the car. The automaker just announced the Civic Si, which lands between the standard cars and the red-hot Type R in the Civic lineup.

2022 Honda Civic Si The Si's manual transmission gets rev-matching from the Civic Type R.Honda

The 2022 Civic Si gets a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 200 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. The VTEC unit has been updated with broader power curves and better output at the top of the rev range. It's paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission that features the handy rev-matching feature from the Civic Type R. The system can detect downshifts and blips the throttle to perfectly align engine revs with the shift.

Honda tightened up the new Si's body with an 8 percent bump in torsional rigidity and a 13 percent increase in bending rigidity over the previous model. The 2022 Civic Si also rides on a longer wheelbase and has a wider rear track for better stability. Honda says that at 107.7 inches, the Si has the longest wheelbase in its class, which should give the car a stable and comfortable ride.

2022 Honda Civic Si The 2022 Civic Si's interior is clean and sporty. Honda

The Si's cabin borrows heavily from the standard Civic, but the sporty car gets more aggressive front sport seats with stronger bolstering and better thigh and shoulder supports. Honda raised the seats' bottom cushion by half an inch at the front for better thigh support. A 9-inch touchscreen display is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 12-speaker Bose stereo with Centerpoint 2 tech and SurroundStage digital signal processing are also standard.

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The Passport was lightly modified for competition.

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Honda recently announced a line of off-road-oriented trims and packages for its vehicles. Called TrailSport, the trim brings rugged appearance upgrades to the Honda Passport and will eventually offer more performance upgrades for other vehicles in the automaker's catalog. To further prove its mettle in the off-road space, Honda built a 2022 Passport rally truck to compete in the American Rally Association race series. The truck debuted over the weekend in Michigan and had a reasonably successful run for its first time out.

2022 Honda Passport Two Honda engineers handled driving duties.Honda

Importantly, the Passport's drivetrain and suspension were left untouched for the rally. The 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and suspension in the rally vehicle are the same components that you or I would see if we bought a new Passport today. Honda did add a transmission fluid cooler, but even then, it's the unit that everyday buyers can get with the available towing package. The SUV's interior was stripped and modified for safety and performance.

2022 Honda Passport Honda is pushing deeper into the off-road with its TrailSport trims.Honda

Honda did upgrade the Passport's wheels and tires for the event by fitting 17-inch BRAID Winrace T rally wheels and Maxxis RAZR M/T or A/T tires. The automaker also made modifications to the SUV's underside with custom 1/8-inch thick aluminum oil pan and rear differential skid plates. High-density panels protect the fuel tank and other sensitive components, while Carbontech XP12 brake pads and high-temp racing brake fluid slow things down.

2022 Honda Passport The Passport's interior had to be stripped and modified for the event.Honda

The ARA National and Regional Championship Series events feature modified street vehicles that travel at speeds well in excess of 100 mph. The courses include gravel, dirt, mud, and snow, and cover hundreds of miles. The Honda Passport rally vehicle was first driven by two Honda engineers and ran in the top ten out of 42 teams. Honda says that a tire de-bead eventually slowed the team, leading to a delayed finish.

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