The new Honda Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine from Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series. The powerplant produces more than 280 PS and is expected to be unrivaled by any previous Type Rs, such as the iconic performance-oriented versions of the Integra, Accord and even the NSX. With its predecessors naturally aspirated, the new unit benefits from a turbocharger, boosting low-end power delivery. Combined with the high-end performance synonymous with Honda’s VTEC technology, the new Civic Type R promises to deliver a sensational driving experience. Another good news is that the hot hatch designated Euro Type R complies to Euro 6 emissions regulations.
New Innovations for the 2015 Honda Civic Type R
The new Honda Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button, for example. Located to the side of the steering wheel, a press activates ‘+R‘ mode for the most exhilarating driving experience.Engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering becomes more responsive which, together with the new four-point Adaptive Damper System, delivers the ultimate handling experience. Hence, the Type R is ideal for the track. By default, the Civic Type R is exceptionally agile, an everyday sports car with an enjoyable and fluid acceleration; according to Honda’s technical supremos.
Another example of Honda’s innovative approach is the car’s ‘steer axis’. In order to deliver the power of the turbocharged 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine, the new Type R’s front suspension system includes the additional mechanical system involving two supporting ‘kingpins’. These work to minimize torque steer, allowing the driver to fully exploit the Type R‘s exceptional driveability.
Furthermore, a new four-point Adaptive Damper System has been developed specifically for the new Type R, which automatically adjusts front and rear suspension damping force stiffness in a split second, to suit driving conditions.
The new Type R will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors with a six-speed manual transmission, which the development team selected in order to maximize driving experience.
Honda Civic Type R is to arrive at dealerships in early 2015
The all-new Civic Type R has been developed and engineered for European drivers, aka its Euro Type R designation. The car will be built at Honda’s state-of-the-art plant in Swindon, United Kingdom, and is scheduled to arrive at dealerships in early 2015.
Edited: Honda Europe