277bhp from the new 2.0 litre i-VTEC turbo petrol engine.
All-new ‘+R’ mode for enhanced, on-track performance.
Four-point adaptive damper system enhances driving dynamic.
Additional ‘steer axis’ system minimises torque steer.
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The all-new hot hatch – due in UK showrooms next year – will be the most extreme and high-performing Type R in the 22 year history of the red ‘H’ badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the brand.
Power will come from a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine from Honda’s next-generation ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ series. Producing 277bhp, it will deliver unmatched performance against any previous Type R, including all generations of the Civic, the iconic performance-oriented versions of the Integra, Accord and even the NSX.
While complying with strict Euro6 emissions regulations, this is a Honda Type R powerplant like no other. With its predecessors naturally aspirated, the new unit benefits from a turbocharger, boosting low-end power delivery. Combined with the high-end V-TEC performance much-loved by fanatical Type R owners, the new model promises to deliver a sensational driving experience.
The new Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button. 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.
Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D, explained: “In default standard mode, the Civic Type R is exceptionally agile, an everyday sports car with an enjoyable and fluid acceleration. The ‘+R’ button brings out a more dynamic and athletic car for the driver. The difference in character and driving dynamic is immense. The ‘+R’ mode is extreme; the car is ideal for the track and will be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.”
Another example of Honda’s innovative approach is the car’s ‘steer axis’. In order to deliver the power of the turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine, the new Type R’s front suspension system includes this additional mechanical system involving two supporting ‘kingpins’. These work to minimise 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. This allows the new Type R to provide a comfortable ride during cruising, yet become firm and agile for high-performance handling.
The new Type R will retain a six-speed manual transmission, which the development team selected in order to maximise driving enjoyment.
Honda are at pains to point out that the all-new Civic Type R has been developed and engineered for European drivers. We at WWA don’t like to see unnecessary pain being experienced, so we thought we’d point that out.
The car will be built at Honda’s plant in Swindon, UK.
More news on the forthcoming Type R when we have it, but expect a price in the region of £30,000, a launch date later this year and an availability during Spring, 2015.