The highly anticipated new Honda Civic Type R has been unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show with some pretty interesting numbers.
Honda says the new 2015 Civic Type R will be powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the Honda brand.
So what’s under the bonnet?
Power comes from a turbocharged 306bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 295 lb-ft of torque connected to a six-speed manual transmission, enabling the car to accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds while the top speed is 167mph.
Other under the skin highlights include a four-point Adaptive Damper System, Brembo front braking system with four-piston calipers and 350mm drilled discs, Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension, which helps reduce torque steer by 50 percent, a rear “crushed pipe” that improves rear roll rigidity by 180 percent and a Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering system which promises to deliver “rapid yet linear steering response and abundant feel.”
The aerodynamic body kit features new front bumper with larger air intakes and a front splitter. Moving towards the rear there are ventilated front fenders, extended side skirts and flat underbody panels channeling air to the rear diffuser. The rear is distinguished with a four-tailpipe exhaust system and a big rear wing.
All this rides on 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/35R19 tyres developed specially for the Type R.
A GT package adds red exterior accents, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers, power folding door mirrors, a premium audio system, GPS navigation and a safety systems like Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition.
During the development one of Honda’s goals was to make the new Civic Type R the fastest front-wheel drive car around the famous Nürburgring Nordschelife race track.
They have lived to their promise and video below shows a prototype lapping the Nürburgring in 7:50.63, beating the previous record holder Renaultsport Mégane 275 Trophy-R by almost four seconds.
The new Civic Type R is priced from £29,995 and £32,295 for the GT-version.
Sales are scheduled to start across Europe this summer.