Honda has released exciting new details about its eagerly anticipated Civic Type R. The second Civic Type R concept appears almost identical to the first one. The all-new hot hatch which is due in European showrooms next year will be the most extreme Type R yet, signaling the start of a new performance era for the brand. Power to Honda’s “hot hatch” will come from a turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series producing more than 276bhp and 216 lb-ft.
Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R, commented: “Honda has had four Type R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Honda Civic Type R is unrivaled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response.”
The Civic Type R will also mark the debut of Honda’s new ‘+R’ button. Located to the side of the steering wheel, once pressed it activates ‘+R’ mode. This means 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 what Honda claim to be “the ultimate handling experience.”
Hasshi explained: “In default standard mode, the Civic Type R is exceptionally agile, an everyday sports car with an enjoyable and fluid acceleration. The ‘+R’ button brings out a more dynamic and athletic car for the driver, to set pulses racing. The difference in character is immense. The ‘+R’ mode is extreme; the car is ideal for track use and will be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.”
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 maximize driving enjoyment.
Hasshi explained: “The 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 driver’s car so this was the best option.”
Honda have also targets the Achilles heel of any powerful front wheel drive car – torque steer – which will be minimized thanks to the Honda’s ‘steer axis’. A new mechanical system including two supporting ‘kingpins’ that have been fitted to the front suspension to make sure the Type R goes where you point it.
Unfortunately with the Civic Type R not destined for the United States it will just mean we have something to look forward to on trips abroad.