Honda have teased us images of the all new 2015 Civic Type R at the Tochigi test track in Japan and of course video of the hot hatch being put through its paces on the Nürburgring by WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini.
The Civic Type R will be the first model in Europe to have one of Honda’s all-new VTEC TURBO engines from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology range. This 2 litre, direct injection, 4-cylinder turbo engine is ridiculous. Honda have suggested that it has at least 280 horsepower, however it is possible that 300 hp isn’t out of reach of the engineers and not only that the Honda engineers have done something unbelievable to tame torque steer.
Speaking during recent testing at the Nurburgring, Germany, Honda’s WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini, gave his first driving impressions “The car and the characteristics of the car were fantastic. I was really impressed by the power and the torque of the engine but also by the set-up they achieved…The car is very pointed on the front and very fast to change direction. This car is very close to my racing car and you can feel very well the DNA of Type R.”
It will be a huge shame if this car doesn’t make it stateside.