The new Honda Civic Type R (a turbocharged one) is so close we can almost taste it. Assuming we needed to be reminded, Honda has decided to display the updated version of the Civic Type R Concept on its Paris Motor Show stand this year, with a lovely luminous blue finish.
At the heart of the Type R is a new turbocharged 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine producing over 280hp with a rev limit of 7,000rpm. We know, it’s not quite as high revving as the previous Type R’s, but the turbo should provide ample torque. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard.
Honda’s claims for the new Type R are bold – it says the new car offers “unmatched” performance compared to all previous Type R cars – this includes Type R versions of the Civic, Integra, Accord and even the deliciously quick NSX.
In its pursuit of the fastest Type R yet, Honda have made available a selectable “+R” mode for track driving, which adjusts the engine mapping, steering, and dampening system to bring out the most of the car.
With the Type R, Honda have set their sights firmly on breaking the current record for the fastest front wheel drive lap time at the Nürburgring, currently held by the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R with a lap time of 7 minutes and 54 seconds.