For those who don’t know, Honda will unveil at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show the all-new 2015 Civic Type-R, but ahead of the big event, the Japanese carmaker showcased the hot hatch development car at its in-house test track in Tochigi, Japan. Partly camouflaged, the new car was put through its paces as part of an extensive testing process taking place in Europe and Japan.
The 2015 Honda Civic Type-R will be powered by an all-new VTEC Turbo engine from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology range. This 2.0-liter, direct injection, 4-cylinder turbo engine will deliver in excess of 280 hp, as well as 400 Nm of torque and will be Euro 6 compliant.
During the recent testing at the Nurburgring Race Track, Honda’s WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini, gave his first driving impressions, saying that: ‘The car and the characteristics of the car were fantastic. I was really impressed by the power and the torque of the engine but also by the set-up they achieved…The car is very pointed on the front and very fast to change direction’. ‘This car is very close to my racing car and you can feel very well the DNA of Type R.’ [source: Honda]