After years of speculation the new Honda Civic Type R has been unveiled at this week’s Geneva Motor Show.
It will be powered by Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine which in standard Type R will develop 310PS at 6,500 rpm (red lining at 7,000) with 400 Nm of torque from 2,500 rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The benchmark 0-62 mph time is recorded at 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 167 mph. The acceleration time matches the Leon Cupra whose top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.
The Civic Type R will run on bespoke 19” alloys and with 235/35R19 tyres, and will feature a new four-point Adaptive Damper System where the Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system helps to reduce torque steer by 50 per cent compared to the standard Civic's suspension set up.
The steering set up is controlled by a dual pinion electric power steering setup and will be controllable via the +R button which will enhance the responsiveness of various chassis and drivetrain systems, reducing the steering assistance and stiffening the active dampers.
You will be able to order the Civic Type R in five paint finishes Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic), Milano Red and Championship White.
You will also be able to add the GT Pack to the base car (but think more weight and money), it comprises dual climate control, front and rear parking sensors, auto-on headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers and electric fold door mirrors. An integrated Garmin satellite navigation is added to the Honda Connect infotainment system. Plus you gain a CD player and a 320-watt eight-speaker stereo system. And on the safety front it comes with Advanced Driver Assist Systems pack that includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor – city brake is standard on all models.
The new Honda Civic Type R due to go on sale in the UK in July with prices starting from £29,995 with the GT-version costing £32,295.Published 3 March 2015