Honda is touting the new model as a ‘race car for the road’, aiming to set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment. The red-lining 7,000 rpm engine is part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series, featuring an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration.
The Civic Type R will sprint 0-to-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback. Its top speed, where permitted of course is a class-leading 270 km/h. The new engine is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission and power is directed through the front wheels.
The styling changes that are unique to the Civic Type R give the car an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The sleek and aerodynamically-efficient design reflects a car developed to perform at speed. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured high-speed stability and high levels of downforce.
Inside, a range of aesthetic and functional upgrades within the cabin reinforce the Type R’s sporting character. As with previous Type R models, the gear lever knob is made from machined aluminium alloy. High-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, provide driver and front-seat passenger with ample lateral support during harder cornering. Matching red double stitching also appears on the black leather-clad steering wheel and black gear-lever gaiter. The roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric.
The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems. The result is an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track and sure to be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast. The behaviour of the car in this mode will make it more firmer and agile for high-performance handling.
As per our teaser article, Honda Australia has confirmed that the new Civic Type R will be available down under, possibly in 2016.