Next Honda Civic Type R coming in 2015, packs at least 280bhp

Honda Civic Type R prototype

Honda recently revealed that the next Civic Type R will be powered by a direct injection turbocharged 2.0-litre engine producing least 280bhp (most likely 300bhp in production trim). That’s a big improvement compared to the outgoing model, which packs 198bhp.

Honda has been testing the next Civic Type R for some time now and recently, World Touring Car Championship driver Gabriele Tarquini put the 2015 Honda Civic Type R prototype through its paces on the extreme Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Most automakers test their cars on the ‘Green Hell’, especially sport cars. Of course being the fastest around the Nordschleife is something everyone would love to brag about, and on e of the goals with the new Civic Type R is to become the fastest front wheel drive car around the infamous circuit in Germany.

Current record time for the fastest front wheel drive car is 8 minutes and 7.97 seconds, achieved back in 2011 by the 265 horsepower Renault Megane RS Trophy. Honda has also confirmed there are further 2 years of development ahead before going on sale in 2015. “We have recently spent a week at the Nürburgring, carrying out extensive testing and we are on target, and have already set a time approaching the lap record”, said Manabu Nishimae, President, Honda Motor Europe.

When the previous generation Civic Type R was launched in 2007, it was priced at £17,627 in UK. It is a fun little rocket and was offered only as a three door-hatch. You can get a barely driven used Honda Civic Type R for around £12k, which also has Honda Approved benefits, meaning it has full Honda guarantee.

Based on the standard Civic, the Type R model will have a modified chassis to handle the extra power. Unlike the previous model it will be offered most likely exclusively as a five-door car.  Prices are expected to start at around £25,000 when it arrives in 2015, going against the likes of Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy, Vauxhall Astra VXR, Ford Focus ST and probably something else that rival manufacturers are currently working on.


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