HOTTEST TYPE R YET: The new Honda Civic Type R will be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva auto show in Championship White – a colour used by successive generations of Type R cars. Image: Honda
• 2.0-litre VTEC turbo engine
• New '+R' button
• Headed for SA later in 2015
LONDON, England. The new Honda Civic Type R will make its global at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.
The new Civic Type R will be built at Honda's factory in Swindon, England and will go on sale in Europe in 2015 and later the same year in South Africa.
Honda's fourth-generation hot hatch is based on the concept car revealed at the 2014 Beijing auto show.
The Civic Type R retains much of the concept with an assertive aggressive body kit, modified bumpers, aero side skirts, extended front fenders and huge wing.
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According to Honda: “A new, almost flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road.”
A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while its front bumper has been shaped to inhibit air-flow around the front wheels, reducing drag.
The new Type R is equipped with a performance Brembo brake package with four-piston calipers and 350mm drilled discs. It also sports new 19” alloy rims.
Unlike its predecessors, the fourth-generation Type R will be powered by a new turbocharged two-litre i-VTEC engine derived from Honda's "earth dreams" technology, producing more than 206kW and driving power through a six-speed manual.
Its two-litre turbo enables it rocket to a top speed of 270km/h*, which Honda claims is “unrivalled amongst its front wheel-drive competitors”.
According to Honda: “Heat management was another major focus for the design team. Enlarged grille and vents above the wheels and the edges of the front wheel arches combine to provide greater cooling and ventilation.”
The new hot hatch, Honda says, will debut the brand's new '+R' button that claims to "sharpen engine and steering response, deliver more-assertive torque-mapping and, with the new four-point adaptive damper system, improve handling".
Leon Brannan of Honda UK said: “We’ve already seen huge customer interest for this much anticipated and unique car with more than 100 orders. With the release of these new technical details I think we can expect many more.”
NEW ELEMENTS: The 2015 Honda Civic Type R will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show in Championship White. Image: Newspress / Honda UK