2014 Paris Motor Show Preview: Honda debuts 2nd version of 2015 Civic Type R Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 29, 2014

Honda will not only bring the facelifted Euro-spec Civic at the 2014 Paris Motor Show but also its second version of the Civic Type R Concept. Powered by a 2.0-liter i-VTEC petrol engine featuring Honda’s Earth Dreams technology that generates 280 hp, the Civic Type R promises to outperform any previous Type R models.

What’s more interesting is that the Type R will actually be faster than the iconic NSX. For those who don’t know, the previous Civic Type R models sued naturally aspirated engines, but the new Civic Type R will get a turbocharged which will boost low-end power delivery.

In addition, the new Civic Type R will be the first model to get the “+R” button located on the steering wheel, in order to offer the most exhilarating driving experience. As expected, the “+R” mode offers a better engine response as well as a more responsive steering.

Thanks to the new four-point Adaptive Damper System that adjusts the front and rear suspension stiffness, the Civic Type R will deliver the ultimate handling experience.

Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D, commented: “Honda has had four Type R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Honda Civic Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response.” 

Press Release

Honda Civic Type R Concept

Honda Civic Type R Concept provides styling direction for the exterior design of the hotly-anticipated production version that debuts in 2015. Its bold and aggressive styling reflects the strong performance credentials for which Type R is renowned.

Described by the design team as a 'racing car for the road' rather than a high performance version of a road car, the new Type R looks set to signal a new era for the marque- this model is set to be the most extreme Civic Type R yet. Its sleek and aerodynamic profile reflects a car designed for function and performance whilst maintaining the look of a road car and the distinctive character of Type R.

Styling is heavily linked to performance, with the Type R Concept showing its credentials in the exterior design. Many of the styling features offer real function, rather than just aesthetics, as confirmed by feedback from prototype testing at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. The need to reduce drag, add down-force, provide cooling and achieve optimum airflow, were key considerations for the design team.

The front spoiler is designed to add down-force, the vertical side wings and the cut out shape of the front bumper help to reduce drag and control airflow around the front tyres. A red stripe running along the front spoiler further accentuates the Type R's low and wide stance.

Furthermore, the new headlight design with integrated LED daytime running lights and the sharp horizontal fog lights, add a strong character to the face of the Type R Concept. The upper and lower front grilles have been enlarged and air outlets on the bonnet provide cooling for the high output engine. The front and rear fenders have been widened to accommodate wide tyres and air outlets are integrated to optimise airflow.

One of the most stand-out advances on the Concept model is the new rear spoiler featuring LED tail lights integrated into the rear wing which accentuates the Type R's futuristic look.

The shape and angle of the double rear wing has been designed to provide additional down-force, as a direct result of feedback gained through testing on the track.

Supporting the design direction are 20-inch wheels, edged by a red ring, with visible red brake callipers and a bright red stripe running along the bottom of the front spoiler. Such features add to the aggressive appearance which reflects the inspiring driving experience that the Type R promises to deliver.

Styling and modelling of the Concept has been carried out in Europe, with the team based at Honda's R&D centre in Swindon, UK. The design team maintained close contact with production colleagues, as they worked towards achieving the styling direction of the Concept model.

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