TORONTO – Last September at the Mondial de Paris, Honda unveiled the prototype of the next Civic Type R which was subsequently moved from one car show to another without Honda offering concrete details on the engine or Other characteristics of its high performance car.
Today in Geneva, the production version and all the secrets she kept were finally unveiled in the open. The new generation of the Civic Type R (the first to come in North America) will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that develops 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A limited slip differential will distribute all the power between the front wheels
Purists who feared seeing a CVT automatic transmission in the Type R catalog will be pleased to hear that only a six-speed manual transmission will be offered. There will also be three modes of driving, including the + R mode which aims to provide optimum performance on a circuit. These different modes adjust the behavior of the transmission, steering, suspension and stability control systems of the Civic Type R.
The style of the final version is very similar to that of the prototype presented in Paris with its imposing aileron, an aggressive aerodynamic package, 20-inch wheels and an exhaust outlet with three end caps positioned in the center of the rear bumper. The least we can say is that it will be very easy to recognize the Civic Type R on the road.
Inside, Recaro seats with generous lateral support will keep the driver and his passenger in place while cornering while the dashboard will display various information relevant to sporty driving, such as turbo pressure, g power generated in The curves and a lap time for the laps.
Built at the Honda plant in Swindon, the Honda Civic Type R will go on sale later this year.