The all-new Honda Civic Type R will be the most extreme version of the sports hatch yet, Honda promises, signalling the start of a new performance era for the brand.
The Type R concept will be shown imminently at the Paris motor show and will show off a new turbocharged engine to make it the most potent Type R model yet.
Eschewing its naturally aspirated predecessors, the next Type R will be powered by an all-new 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine producing more than 206kW and mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Typical Honda high-revving characteristics remain, though; Honda pegs the red line at 7000rpm.
The next Type R will also debut Honda’s ‘+R’ button that brings the hatch’s aggression to the fore with sharper engine responses, more responsive steering and more engaged handling, thanks to the new, bespoke adaptive damper system. Torque steer is also addressed with the use of a ‘steer axis’ system – a mechanical system using two additional supports – on the front suspension.
Suehiro Hasshi, Honda’s project leader for the Civic Type R, said: ‘Honda has had four Type R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Honda Civic Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response.’
What a statement! The production Civic Type R, developed in Europe and manufactured at Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK, will go on sale in Europe next year. Expect the first South African models to arrive in the second half of 2015.