With exception of the announcement on whether or not the Civic Type R will be released in the U.S., the wait is finally over for the hot hatchback. Today, at the Geneva Auto Show, Honda released all the info on the all-new Civic Type R.
Under its hood, this beastly five-door carries a 2.0-liter VTEC turbo engine that produces 310 PS (306 horsepower) at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque at 2,500 rpm. The engine combines with a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels to deliver a 0-to-62-mph time of just 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 270 km/h (167 mph). Additionally, the Type R lapped the Nurburgring in just 7 minutes 50.63 seconds, besting the now-former record holder, the Renaulsport Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, by about four seconds.
To sprinkle in a little extra bit of awesome sauce, Honda added in a “+R” mode, which is activated by a button on the dash. This mode gives the hatchback a more aggressive torque map, reduces steering assistance for more responsive handling, and stiffer dampers, giving the Civic Type R a firm and sporty ride.
Speaking of the suspension, the 2015 Civic Type R features an all-new four-point Adaptive Damper System that controls each corner independently for a perfectly tuned ride. Additionally, Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension reduces torque steer by 50 percent – a much needed addition with all of this power going solely to the front wheels – and a revised H-shaped torsion-beam rear suspension helps increase roll rigidity by 180 percent.
In terms of looks, the 2015 Civic Type R is as aggressive as hot hatches come. Honda certainly wasn’t aiming for a sleeper, as it comes with a wide front splitter, a flat undercarriage, sculpted side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a large rear wing. This look isn’t just for appearance, as it also helps force the 235/35R19 tires onto the tarmac.
To help things in check is a standard Brembo brake system that includes 350 mm (13.8-inch) cross-drilled front rotors that are squeezed by four-pot calipers.
The Cabin also sports a purposeful look, thanks to the high-backed sports seats coated in suede-effect cloth. Red double stitching helps liven things up on the seats, the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the shift boot.
In terms of UK pricing, the 2015 Civic Type R will check in at £29,995 in its base form, and the GT model, which adds in items like front and rear parking sensors, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, electric-folding mirrors, Garmin satellite navigation, a premium eight-speaker, 320 watt stereo system upgrade, dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting, and more, will run £32,295. Look for it to hit European dealers in July 2015.