Honda has unveiled the eagerly anticipated new Civic Type R at the Geneva
Motor Show. Billed as a 'race car for the road', the all-new Civic Type R is
expected to be on par or faster than other cars in the high-performance
front-wheel drive hatchback segment.
Type R vehicles have garnered a cult following around the world. The 2015 Type R features a world-first application of Honda's new 2.0 liter VTEC turbo engine, aggressive function-led styling, and new chassis technologies.
The new 2015 Civic Type R will be powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red 'H' badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the Honda brand.
2015 Civic Type R's Exterior Styling
The styling changes that are unique to the Civic Type R give the car an aggressive, purposeful stance. A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimize downforce - effectively 'sucking' the car onto the road.
The rear wing has been reimagined from the Type R Concept. The structure of the airfoil - its angle, height and shape as well as its vertical end plates - have been engineered to optimize downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. This helps improve road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners.
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, enhancing high-speed stability and reducing lift forces.
New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes. They fill the enlarged wheel arches with 235/35 R19 tires that were developed specially for the Type R.
The Type R is available in five distinctive colors that give the purposeful new styling added visual impact. As well as Championship White - shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles - buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.
Sporting Ambiance Inside
A range of aesthetic and functional upgrades within the cabin reinforce the Type R's sporting character. As with previous Type R models, the gear lever knob is made from machined aluminum alloy. High-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, provide driver and front-seat passenger with ample lateral support during harder cornering.
Matching red double stitching also appears on the black leather-clad steering wheel and black gear-lever gaiter. The roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric, augmenting the focused ambience.