Honda has started the countdown for their most waited sport little fella – the new Civic Type-R which will make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, on 3rd March.
Just a few weeks left until we will see the final version of the hot hatch, so to kindle the fire in us, the Japanese constructor launched this morning a set of photos with some of the design enhancements that will feature the little one.
The front bumper was reshaped to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheel, cutting drag and enhancing high-speed stability, and was completed by a wide splitter and deep side skirts, all with the purpose to manage airflow and reduce lift. Also, enlarged upper and lower grilles, vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and trailing edges on the front wheels and some other details more were specially added to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the Turbo VTEC engine – that “little” 2.0 l Turbo VTEC 280 HP one.
New Brembo brake kit was specially designed for the Civic Type-R, four-piston calipers and 350 mm drilled discs, all these completing the image of the newly-designed 19″ alloy wheels.
We’ve seen many pictures of the final form and we’ve heard numerous rumors regarding the new R member of the Honda Sports family – but this time, the Japanese say that this is it – Honda is revealing the final form of the 2015 CTR on the 2nd of October, at the Paris Auto Show.
They call it “the most powerful Type-R” ever created, with unmatched performance compared to all previous Type-R – excluding the NSX-R, of course. This blue little one is a mildly updated version of the CTR presented in March during Geneva Motorshow.
Technical speaking, the specs are similar with the ones we found out in March – a 2.0-liter turbocharged i-VTEC engine with an output of 280 HP, but with a lower redline – 7,000 rpm (compared to the 9,000 rpm we’re used to)…
In terms of novelties we can mention the magical “+R” button. Ehm, what is this? Something Honda says that when pressed, it activates the “+R” mode – heightened engine response by altering the torque mapping, makes the steering more responsive and tweaks the new four-point adaptive damper system for enhanced handling performance.
Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R 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, to set pulses racing. The difference in character is immense. The ‘+R’ mode is extreme; the car is ideal for track use and will be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.”
As we are already accustomed with, this TypeR version will be built at Honda’s plant in Swindon, UK, it will arrive in dealerships during 2015.