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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.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.