After a seeming eternity of design studies, concepts and teasers, the all-new British built Honda Civic Type R will finally launch in production form at the Geneva show in early March. Honda says it has already taken orders for ‘over 100′ Civic Type Rs in the UK alone.
Honda’s new hot hatch will be powered by its new 2.0-liter turbo four which will propel the Euro-spec pocket rocket up to a top speed of 167 miles per hour. The direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder is expected to make something on the order of 300 horsepower and redline at 7000 rpm.
It is shaping up to be a rather tempting package indeed, but the Honda will have to fend off the likes of the new Ford Focus RS and ever-improving challengers from the likes of Vauxhaull, Renault and Seat.
A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimize downforce, effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. A bespoke rear wing gives the car enhanced visual presence and delivers powerful additional downforce. A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper is shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, cutting drag and enhancing high-speed stability.
To help drivers manage the Type R’s power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs. New 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes, filling the wheel arches and accommodating the larger brakes.
Previous teasers have told us that the car also gets a six-speed manual, adaptive dampers, and a track mode enabled by stabbing a “+R” button.