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[EN][PHOTO] The new Civic Type-R, exposed

Just a few hours left until the official launch of the new Civic Type-R Concept, as they call it – but we mostly know that this one will be also the one that will hit the showrooms – ladies and gents, the new R baby from Honda is almost here.

She is described by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road’ rather than a high performance version of a road car – she is not coming with the most extreme CV or not even she’s not set to break all the records on the hot-hatches market (probably just the sales record, which is indeed a good thing).  But she’s bringing something new on the market, and this time I am not talking just about design.

“Type R represents Honda’s racing spirit. It is built with a passion for motorsport.”

Masaru Hasegawa – Chief Stylist, Civic Type R

This appearance at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is something big for the Japanese constructor, indeed – not only the new Civic Type-R will be released, but also the new Castrol Civic will be revealed, version that will take its well deserved place in the WTCC competition. 

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As we already know it, the Type-R will be the first Honda that will feature one of  the newest VTEC turbo-charged engines developed by the Japanese constructor, with a total output declared around 280 HP.  So goodbye aspirated VTEC, welcome into the new era, which is not that new for Honda, if we take a far look behind…

Although turbo engines have not been seen in Honda’s production lines in Europe for some time, this is not something new for the Nippon company – Honda’s first turbo engine was seen in 1988 – the RA168E used in Formula One, which brought new heights for the Japanese constructor the most race victories (15 out of 16), the most Constructors points (199) and the most one-two finishes (10). 

But the turbo-mania doesn’t stop here, because Honda featured the setup – or something similar – for some of the cars they sold outside the European market  – the 1988 Honda Legend was equipped with a 2.0-litre 24-valve V6 engine with a variable “Wing Turbo” that could regulate exhaust stream and efficiently utilize charging pressure, followed by some Acura RDX versions, that were using combined Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) with Variable Timing Control (VTC).  Also, the Japanese market had for many years the City Turbo version, which returned in 2012 under the name of N-One Turbo – 660 cmc DOHC, with a total output of 65 HP.

There are thousands of words that can be written here, stories about history and tales of the heritage behind – but one thing is for sure – Honda is bringing that quelque chose that was missing here, and I am more than anxious – in a good way – to see it in person.

 

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[EN] Geneva 2014: Honda is preparing the toys

Just a few weeks until Honda will lift its veil from the European version of the newest Civic Type-R during the 2014 Geneva Motorshow, but that’s not the only exponent – the FCEV concept will be revealed in Europe for the first time, the NSX as well (we are getting used to see it on display so far) but also the autopsy of the new 2014 WTCC Civic.

About the newest Civic Type-R we already talked and saw some pictures with the Concept in action – not spy shots, but not official either. The version presented was a hothatch in 5-doors setup, I am very curious to see if the official launchig product will feature a 3-doors version also.

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Regarding the FCEV Concept, this one will be presented in Europe for the first time – it’s an appeal to the newest technology developed by Honda, well, in this case we are talking more about the potential styling direction of the next-generation hybrid / full electric cars developed by the  Nippon constructor. The FCEV will be officially launched on the US and Japanese market starting with 2015.

About the NSX, there is nothing new to say – another Autoshow where they are going to display the car – nothing new to add since last year though.

But “la piece de resistance” in this case is – from my point of view – the WTCC Civic. – Honda has already created an important name in the Manufacturers’ Championship of the 2013 WTCC edition, so they will present the updated version of the 2014 Civic car.

Additionally, Honda will showcase the long history in the F1 championships, starting with 1964’s car – RA271, that debuted on the Nurburgring and the also well-known record-breaking turbo-charged RA168E engine which dominated the 1988 season.

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