Honda Civic Type R concept at Geneva

Honda Civic Type R

With the 2014 Geneva Motor Show now underway, many manufacturers are unveiling their latest creations and Honda have unveiled their new performance model, the Honda Civic Type R, in concept form.


The Honda Civic Type R specs


Inside, power comes from a 276 brake horse power 2.0 litre turbocharged direct injection four cylinder engine, which replaces Honda’s previous naturally aspirated 2.0 litre VTEC engine. This engine will be mated to a six speed manual gearbox.


Instead of opting to focus on power, the company commented that, “The specific output is not one of our core values. Creating a high output turbocharged engine is relatively easy, but our aim is to retain the VTEC characteristics, so it’s high revving, with great responses and easy to control performance.”


The Honda Civic Type R styling and tech


The front bumper has been lowered and extended forwards when compared to the standard car. Headlamps with daytime running lights have been included, previewing the face-lifted Honda Civic set for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The bumper’s lower splitter forms an aerodynamic fin ahead of each wheel and the big intakes on the concept are to make it to production.


The arches over the 20 inch wheels show the Type R’s large increase in track over the standard car’s. At the back of the model, the bumper features a racing style diffuser flanked by quad exhausts which are a certainty for production.


The Honda Civic Type R will be sold in a limited colour palette including the Championship White launch colour, though the concept is painted bright red with gold flakes.


Comments on the Honda Civic Type R


Senior project designer, Masaru Hasegawa, commented, “The current Civic line-up isn’t very exciting, so we needed to come up with something for European Honda fans that also fits our performance heritage. Now, the Type R is aimed at the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS. Those cars are subtle and more sophisticated-looking. But we wanted ours to be different and distinctive.”
He went on to add, “Our engineers confirmed the size of the front bumper intakes and the rear wing angle, so both are about right for production. The tail-lights recall those of the NSX, although these are more sophisticated. It’d be nice to do the wing in black carbon, just like on the NSX R.”


Concerning the colour choice for the concept, Hasegawa commented, “This shows that despite the car’s outrageous looks, it’s very professional. It highlights the flared wings, and how the standard car’s creases are retained and integrated into the new look.”


The production version of the Honda Civic Type R is likely to be unveiled around spring next year at a price of around £30,000.

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