You’ve seen our prototype drive and now Honda says this design study “strongly hints” at the production version, which it’s promising in 2015.
The new Type R will be the first model in Europe to feature the company’s brand-spanking VTEC turbo engine. It’ll come as a 2.0-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder unit that’ll make at least 280bhp.
Honda says the styling offers tangible performance benefits. The front and rear spoilers add downforce. The vertical side wings and vents in the front bumper reduce drag and control airflow around the front tires. The front grilles have been enlarged for better cooling. Lastly the front and rear wings have been widened to accommodate bigger wheels.
The Type R’s extreme appearance bears out Honda’s claim that the Type R is not so much a tuned version of a standard Civic but is rather a road-legal racing car that can seat four adults.
The Type R concept has been created over the past six months by a team of three people in Honda’s Swindon design centre, led by senior project designer Masaru Hasegawa.
“We are in constant touch with our engineers at the Nürburgring and in Japan,” he said. “We have incorporated their need for a shape that provides exceptional downforce with as little drag as possible as well as the cooling requirements of both the engine and brakes.”
“This is the most extreme Type R yet,” he said, “and the same will be said of the production version. Its styling is as much inspired by our new World Touring Car competitor as it is based on a basic Civic.”
Honda has already promised it will be the fastest hatchback ever around the Nürburgring, and they firmly believe it will be the first to lap the famed track in less than eight minutes.
Sadly, the US probably still won’t be getting Honda’s version of a scorching hot hatch.