Geneva: 280HP Honda Civic Type R Makes Fiery Debut
As of late, Honda hasn’t been a brand associated with fun-to-drive cars. The new Civic Si barely satisfies our pallets for performance, but there is a a model worth caring about that has long been absent from the lineup. It’s the 280-horsepower Civic Type R (concept), and in this fiery guise, it looks epic. This burning hot hatch will be the first model to employ Honda’s new turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC engine (when produced). The inline-four will put down close to 280 horsepower, all sent to the front wheels, of course.
With all that power, Honda has big plans in mind for its latest hot hatch. They want the Type R to be the fastest front-wheel drive car around the Nurburgring, surpassing the current 8:07.97 lap time set by the Renault Megane 265 Trophy. Game on.
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Of course — with any Type R — we likely won’t see it in the US. The Euro-only hatch is currently on display in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show and will likely go on sale later in the year with minor changes. We are red-hot with jealousy.
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