Honda has released a video in which they talk about the Civic Type R concept that previews next year's production model.
Honda has released a video in which they talk about the Civic Type R concept that previews next year’s production model.
Rather than featuring the Civic Type R Concept II unveiled a few days ago, the video shows the original concept which was unveiled back in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Project Leader Suehiro Hasshi describes the model as a "super Type R" which will be "unrivalled in its performance” compared to iconic Type R models such as the Integra, Accord and even the NSX.
Set to provide a "sensational driving experience", the 2015 Honda Civic Type R will be equipped with a "+R" button that once pressed will modify the hot hatch's settings to provide the best possible performance on track. Suehiro Hasshi is reiterating Honda's plans to take the front-wheel drive Nürburgring crown with the new Civic Type R which means they are targeting a lap time of less than 7 minutes 54.36s achieved by the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R.
Power will be provided by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged i-VTEC gasoline engine redlining at 7,000 rpm and outputting more than 280 HP (206 kW) sent to the front axle. As a method to reduce torque steer, a "steer axis" system will be installed together with two additional "kingpins" in the front suspension.
The production model is programmed to come out next year so we will probably see it in March at the Geneva Motor Show.