Under the bonnet we find the newly developed 2-litre VTEC turbocharged engine, making 310hp at 6500rpm and 400Nm (295lb ft) of torque at 2500rpm. Zero to 62mph (0-100km/h) comes in 5.7sec with a best-in-class top speed of 167mph (270km/h). The rev-limiter is set at 7000rpm.
Honda has equipped the Civic Type R with a trick front suspension dubbed “Dual Axis Strut” and a limited-slip differential. Based on a McPherson setup, the Dual Axis Strut has an additional steering knuckle in order to reduce torque steer by up to 50% compared to a standard Civic, claims Honda. The dampers are now adaptive and the electric steering is specially tuned for the Type R.
The hottest of the Civics features for the first time a “+R” driving mode. By pressing a button, you get a more aggressive torque delivery, increased engine response, stiffer dampers by 30% and reduced assistance on the steering.
The 19in wheels are housing specific for the Type R Brembo brakes, measuring 350mm at the front, with four-piston calipers.
Honda has tuned the Civic Type R in places like Suzuka and Nurburgring race tracks, with Honda chasing the record for the fastest front wheel drive car to lap the latter, which means beating the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R’s 7:54 time.
The most hardcore Civic of them all wants the FWD crown of its segment and judging by looks alone, it looks angry enough. The new Type R wears a very aggressive body kit that is designed not only to make the car look meaner but also to increase downforce. The almost flat underside aids the big rear diffuser in increasing the grip while the large fixed wing has been shaped to provide usable downforce without creating too much drag. It makes us sad though they sacrificed the evil tailights of the concept.
The 2015 Civic Type R’s 7:50.63 seconds lap time of Nurburgring is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch class.This lap time was achieved during the development test in May 2014 by a contracted pro test driver.
The 2015 British Touring Car Championship begins this month, but before it even started the team at Honda has been humming with excitement because, from its very first test lap, the new Civic Type R racer has been proving it's a winner. Dream magazine went behind the scenes and captured that momentous first test drive.
Honda believe that above all things, engineering should help create cars that are a joy to drive. This was the guiding principle behind the design of the new Civic range, because the most powerful thing you can build is a feeling.
Honda has released more details and new photos of the Civic Type R, which it calls “the most extreme and high-performing Type R ever built.”
Available only as a five-door, with two trim grades, the new Civic Type R goes on sale across Europe from July 2015.
At the heart of the car is the new direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo petrol engine which produces 310PS (306hp) at 6,500 rpm and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm.
The engine revs all the way up to 7,000 rpm thanks to an advanced new turbocharging system which incorporates Honda’s Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) and Dual-Variable Timing Control (VTC) technologies to boost low-end response while delivering sustained acceleration.
Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Civic Type R sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 270 km/h (167 mph). Still, it manages to return 7.3 l/100 km (38.7 mpg UK or 32.2 mpg US) on the combined cycle, with corresponding CO2 emissions of 170 g/km.
The new Civic Type R is available in five distinctive colors: Championship White, Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.