Honda Civic Type R – now with a turbocharger

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 by

The Mondial de l’Automobile is what enthusiasts, petrolheads, and car manufacturers from the world over are anxiously looking forward to. With news on the latest iterations of legendary nameplates and exciting concepts being revealed on a daily basis, the wait only feels longer and with spilling some exciting details about its eagerly anticipated Civic , even more so now.

Honda Civic Type R concept front

The all-new hot hatch – due to be in showrooms next year – will be the most extreme Type R yet, signalling the start of a new performance era for the brand. Powered by a 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series, the 4-cylinder unit will churn out 280 horsepower – a figure that remains unmatched by any other Type R car yet.

Honda Civic Type R side

While its predecessors were naturally aspirated, the new 2.0 litre unit benefits from a turbocharger, boosting low-end power delivery. Combined with VTEC technology that’s synonymous with Hondas’, the Civic Type R is set to offer exhilarating driving experiences.

Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D, commented: “Honda has had four Type R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response.”

Honda Civic Type R side

In addition to a turbocharged powerhouse under the hood, the Civic Type R also welcomes a new ‘+R’ button. Located to the side of the steering wheel, once pressed it heightens engine response, alters the torque-mapping to a more performance-focused setting, and also makes the steering more responsive.

Furthermore, a new four-point Adaptive Damper System has also been developed specifically for the Civic Type R. It automatically adjusts the front and rear suspension damping force stiffness based on driving conditions. This allows the new Civic Type R to provide a comfortable ride during cruising, yet become firm and agile when high-performance handling is required.

Honda Civic Type R rear

Where the new Honda Civic Type R still stays true to its roots, however, is in the transmission department. Bringing a six-speed manual transmission to the table, the Civic Type R hasn’t traded its row-your-own trademark for a slushbox; news that is sure to have performance junkies rejoicing.

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