Honda intended the new Civic Type R Concept to show the styling direction for the exterior of the final production version that will be launched in 2015. It features a bold and aggressive styling that conveys its potent performance as a Type R.
Honda’s design team called the new Civic Type R Concept, not as a performance version of the Civic, but as a “racing car for the road.” It marks the start of a new era for Honda, as the latest model is designed to become the most extreme Civic Type R so far. Featuring a sleek yet aerodynamic profile, the Type R Concept is clearly designed to deliver a marriage between function and performance, exposing the looks of a road car but with the unique character of a Type R.
The exterior styling of the new Honda Civic Type R Concept is heavily influenced by the need to perform; thus several of its styling elements aren’t just decorations or adornment, but they also deliver real functionality. The design team primarily considered the need to: cut aerodynamic drag, generate more downforce, achieve optimum airflow as well as deliver cooling essentials. All of these were confirmed through prototype testing at the world-renowned Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
For instance, the vertical side wings and the front bumper’s cut-out shape help reduce drag as well as manage airflow around the front tires. The new Honda Civic Type R Concept also sports a front spoiler that could generate more downforce, while a red stripe running along this feature helps accentuate the concept’s low and wide stance.
Meanwhile, the new Honda Civic Type R Concept comes with a strong distinctive face, as made possible by a new headlight design with integrated LED daytime running lights and horizontal fog lights. To provide more cooling air for the powerful engine, the concept features larger upper and lower front grilles as well as larger air outlets on the bonnet. To accommodate wide tires, designers also widened the car’s front and rear fenders, which feature integrated air outlets for a more optimized airflow.
In addition, the new Honda Civic Type R Concept dons a new rear spoiler with LED tail lights integrated into the rear wing. Thanks to feedback from testing on the track, the double rear wing has been shaped and angled in a way that it would generate extra downforce,
The new Honda Civic Type R Concept rides on 20-inch wheels that are edged by a red ring and offers a window into the red brake calipers. This feature, along with a bright red stripe running along the bottom of the front spoiler, give the Civic Type R Concept a more aggressive appearance that conveys its potential.
Honda’s design team based at its R&D center in Swindon, United Kingdom took charge in styling and modeling the new Civic Type R Concept. The Europe-based design team for the Civic Type R Concept closely collaborated with their production counterpart to achieve the styling direction of the new model.