Honda unveils Civic Type R concept
The new Type R will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine from Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series with over 276bhp married up to a six-speed manual transmission.
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 Honda Civic Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response.’
The new Type R will also debut the new “+R” button, which heightens engine responsiveness and changes torque-mapping to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. In addition, steering becomes more responsive.
Hasshi 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, sure to set pulses racing. The difference in character is immense. The “+R” mode is extreme; the car is ideal for the track and will be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.’
The new Type R will also feature a “steer axis”, which uses two supporting “kingpins” to minimise torque steer.
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 be built at Honda’s plant in Swindon, UK, arriving in dealerships during 2015.