Honda’s brand new Civic Type R has finally arrived at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and just as we expected, the hot hatch is absolutely impressive. The vehicle is powered by a new 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo petrol engine that produces 310 hp at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm. The engine is able to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds, while top speed is 270 km/h or 167 mph.
Engine is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, while power is delivered to the front wheels. The design is impressive too and the focus was on aerodynamics in order to ensure high-speed stability as well as high levels of downforce. An almost complete flat underside helps the airflow and combines with a rear diffuser in order to optimize airflow.
Meanwhile, the rear wing was remained from the Type R Concept, carefully engineered to optimize downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. The front end features a wide splitter, while the deep side skirts manage the airfow and reduce lift.
Furthermore, the front bumper was shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels and comes with enlarged upper and lower grilles to allow greater volume of cooling air into the engine bay. The vehicle sits on 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 235/35R19 tires developed especially for the Type R.
Behind the wheels, there is a high-performance Brembo brake package, with four-piston calipers and 350 mm drilled discs on the front wheels. Honda will offer the Civic Type R in five distinctive colours such as Championship White , Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.
The sporty theme is continued also at the interior, where we find sport bucket seats wrapped in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, a black leather-clad steering wheel, black gear-level gaiter, roof lining trimmed in black fabric and a gear knob made from machined aluminum alloy. Owners will be happy to find the new ‘+R’ button that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems.
If you think that this isn’t enough, Honda offers an all-new GT Pack for the Civic Type R, which includes signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters, front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers and electric fold door mirrors.
Moreover, there is an integrated Garmin satellite navigation added to the Honda Connect infotainment system, as well as a CD player and a premium 8-speaker, 320 Watt stereo system upgrade.
Furthermore, the pack adds Honda’s City-Brake Active system, automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning, but also Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor.
Entry level model starts at £29,995 in the UK, while GT-version costs £32,295. [source: Honda]