Around this time last year, Honda brought the Civic Type R concept to the Geneva Motor Show, sending longtime fans of the Type R moniker into a frenzy when Honda announced the Civic’s new powertrain.
Albeit still powered by a 2.0-litre motor, the new Civic Type R has gone down the turbocharged route. As previously covered, the new engine features direct injection and VTEC technology and is good for nearly 280 horsepower. The engine will be paired to a righteously matched six-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels.
But what’s new this time around? Well, the guys at Honda managed to up their ante by further enhancing its aerodynamic performance. As such, the vents, grilles, skirts and spoilers have all been fine tuned both on computer and in the wind tunnel. With this, Honda claims that the Civic Type R will rocket its way up to a blistering top speed of 270 km/h!
The underside of this car is almost completely flat and works in tandem with the front and rear diffusers, effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the tarmac. Its rear spoiler also functions to increase downforce. Other enhancing touches include revisions to the front bumper, which is now shaped to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, cutting drag and increasing high-speed stability.
If you look closely, the 19-inch alloy rims here differ from that of the Concept, and will quite likely make it to the production stage. Tasked with stopping this car are a set of high performance Brembo brake package, with the front sporting a pair of four-piston calipers and 350mm large ventilated discs.
The Civic Type R will stage its world premier at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show in Championship White – a distinctive colour shared with many generations of Type R vehicles. Are you guys excited yet?