Honda has finally taken the wraps off the 2015 Civic Type R.

Described as a "race car for the road," the Civic Type R has an aerodynamic body kit that includes a new front bumper with larger air intakes and a front splitter.  Moving further back, there's ventilated front fenders, extended side skirts and flat underbody panels that channel air to the rear diffuser.  The car also has a prominent rear wing, a four-tailpipe exhausts system and 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/35R19 tires that were developed specially for the Type R.

The interior largely carries over but comes nicely equipped with suede-effect sport seats with red contrast stitching.  The model also has a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and a machined aluminum gear knob.

Customers can also order a GT package that adds red exterior accents as well as front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, rain sensing wipers and power folding door mirrors.  Other highlights include a premium audio system, GPS navigation and a variety of safety systems including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition - among other things.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 310 PS (228 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.  It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 270 km/h (167 mph).

Speaking of performance, the Civic Type R has a four-point Adaptive Damper System and a Brembo front braking system with four-piston calipers and 350mm drilled discs.  There's also a Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension that helps to reduce torque steer by 50 percent - compared to the standard Civic suspension - and a rear "crushed pipe" that improves rear roll rigidity by 180 percent.  Last but not least, there's a Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering system which promises to deliver "rapid yet linear steering response and abundant feel."

Check out the press release for additional information

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