The all-new Honda Civic Type R â€“ due in European showrooms in 2015 â€“ will be the most extreme Type R yet, signalling the start of a new performance era for the brand.
Power will come from a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine from Hondaâ€™s Earth Dreams Technology series. Developing over 280 PS, it will deliver unmatched performance compared to any previous Type R car. That includes all generations of the Civic, plus the iconic performance-oriented versions of the Integra, Accord and even the NSX.
While complying with strict Euro 6 emissions regulations, this is a Honda Type R powerplant like no other. While its predecessors were naturally aspirated, the new unit benefits from a turbocharger, boosting low-end power delivery. Combined with the high-end performance thatâ€™s synonymous with Hondaâ€™s VTEC technology â€“ and much-loved by enthusiastic Type R owners â€“ they will deliver a sensational driving experience.
Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D, commented: â€œHonda has had four Type R model derivatives â€“ 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.â€
Hasshi-san emphasised the carâ€™s appeal will be far greater than a new high-performance engine under the bonnet. A number of engineering innovations and enhancements will make the new Civic Type R a true driverâ€™s car, worthy of wearing the famous red â€˜Hâ€™ badge.
For example, the Civic Type R will mark the debut of Hondaâ€™s new â€˜+Râ€™ button. Located to the side of the steering wheel, once pressed it activates â€˜+Râ€˜ mode for the most exhilarating driving experience. The engine response is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering becomes more responsive and, together with the new four-point Adaptive Damper System, delivers the ultimate handling experience.
Hasshi explained: â€œIn default standard mode, the Civic Type R is exceptionally agile, an everyday sports car with an enjoyable and fluid acceleration. The â€˜+Râ€™ button brings out a more dynamic and athletic car for the driver, to set pulses racing. The difference in character is immense. The â€˜+Râ€™ mode is extreme; the car is ideal for track use and will be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.â€
Another example of Hondaâ€™s innovative approach is the carâ€™s â€˜steer axisâ€™. In order to deliver the power of the turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine, the new Civic Type Râ€™s front suspension system includes this additional mechanical system involving two supporting â€˜kingpinsâ€™. They minimise torque steer and allows the driver to fully exploit the carâ€™s exceptional driveability.
Furthermore, a new four-point Adaptive Damper System has been developed specifically for the Civic Type R. It automatically adjusts the front and rear suspension damping force stiffness in a split second, based on driving conditions. This allows the new Civic Type R to provide a comfortable ride during cruising, yet become firm and agile when high-performance handling is required.
The new Civic Type R will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors with a six-speed manual transmission. The development team selected this option to maximise driving enjoyment.
Hasshi explained: â€œThe manual transmission allows the drivers to select the gear they want, for example, down from fifth to third when approaching a corner. The concept of the new Civic Type R is to be the complete driverâ€™s car so this was the best option.â€
The all-new Civic Type R has been developed and engineered for European driving tastes. To be built at Hondaâ€™s state-of-the-art plant in Swindon, UK, it will arrive in dealerships during 2015.