Along with the introduction of a Civic Type R Concept II, Honda has revealed
the final car will feature a 6-speed manual transmission and a more capable
engine than even the NSX supercar.
The all-new hot hatch is due to arrive in showrooms across Europe and Japan next year and will be "the most extreme and high-performing Type R in the 22 year history of the red 'H' badge," according to the Japanese car maker.
Power will come from a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine from Honda's next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series. Producing more than 280 hp, it will deliver unmatched performance against any previous Type R, including all generations of the Civic, the iconic performance-oriented versions of the Integra, Accord and even the NSX.
With its predecessors naturally aspirated, the new unit benefits from a turbocharger, boosting low-end power delivery. Combined with the high-end performance synonymous with Honda's VTEC technology - and much-loved by fanatical Type R owners - the new model promises to deliver a much improved driving experience.
Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D, comments: "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 mark the debut of the new '+R' button. Located to the side of the steering wheel, a press activates '+R' mode for the most exhilarating driving experience. Engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Also, steering becomes more responsive and the suspension gets stiffer.
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 follow in the footsteps of its predecessors with a six-speed manual transmission, which the development team selected in order to maximize driving enjoyment.
Hasshi explains: "The manual transmission allows the driver to select their chosen gear, for example, down from fifth to third when approaching a corner. The concept of the new Civic Type R is to be the complete driver's car so this was the best option."