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Geneva LIVE: 2015 Honda Civic Type R

by Ronan Glon

Honda\'s new Civic Type R packs 300 horsepower.

Honda has revealed its next-generation Civic Type R hatchback. The hot-rodded compact greets the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.

Like the two concepts, the production-bound Civic Type R will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will make nearly 300hp. A six-speed manual transmission will send power to the front wheels, and a sport-tuned front suspension with two additional kingpins will help reduce torque steer.

The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new '+R' mode. When toggled, +R mode increases engine responsiveness and alters torque-mapping for more aggressive performance. Steering weight is increased and the active suspension's damping force is increased by 30%.

The new Civic Type R is the the product of extensive testing both on the road and on track, including at the Suzuka Formula One circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the company's Takasu test facility.

Great effort has been made to optimize the Type R's aerodynamics. A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce. The rear wing, distinct from the concept, features a redesigned airfoil engineered to optimize downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds.

A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels. The wheels themselves are 19", lightweight alloys shod with specially developed 235/35R19 tires.

Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper help with airflow to prevent heatsoak. The airflow is channeled to outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the widened front wheel arches to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine.

Honda's latest hot hatch is expected to go on sale across Europe before the end of the year.


U.S.-bound?
The Type R that is not expected to be sold in the United States as-is because it is based on the Civic hatchback that is exclusively sold in Europe. However, an earlier report indicates that Honda could shoehorn the hot hatch's 280-horsepower turbo four into the U.S.-spec Civic sedan and/or coupe to create an Americanized Type R aimed at the Ford Focus ST and the Subaru WRX.

Live photos by Ronan Glon.

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