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SPIED: Next Civic Type R

2014-05-14 15:10

SPOTTED AT THE ‘RING: Honda has delayed the launch of its next Civic Type R for some time, citing a lengthy development process. Honda could launch its new Civic Type R in 2015. Image: Automedia

Honda’s next Civic Type-R was spotted undergoing testing at the Nurburgring, Germany. The new Civic Type R follows in the footsteps of the concept that was introduced at the 2014 Geneva auto show.  

Spy photographers captured images of the next Type R alongside an assortment of hot hatches including the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, Renault Megane RS and Volkswagen Golf R.

GALLERY: 2015 Honda Civic Type R

The Type R has has an assertive body-kit with modified bumpers, aerodynamic side skirts, extended front fenders and a prominent rear wing. The unit has also been equipped with a rear diffuser, a quad-exhaust system and golden alloys.

The Civic Type R will be the first model in Europe to sport Honda’s all-new VTEC Turbo engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology range.

HOT HATCH DNA

During testing at the Nurburgring in 2013, Honda’s WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini said: "The characteristics of the car were fantastic. I was really impressed by the power and the torque of the engine but also by the set-up they achieved.

"The car is pointed at the front and very fast to change direction. This car is very close to my racing car and you can feel the DNA of Type R.”

According to Honda, power will be provided by a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol capable of  "at least" 208kW. Honda has been coy on the official numbers but speculation suggests the final output could be around 238kW – 240kW.
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