After months of teaser images and an agonising drip-feed of information, Honda has finally released full specification details for its eagerly anticipated Civic Type-R hot hatch. The new model will start from £29,995 when it reaches UK showrooms this summer.
Lifting the covers off the car for the first time today at the Geneva motor show, the Type-R showcases a distinctly old-school approach to the fast hatchback – its huge rear wing and aggressive styling a refreshing riposte to the conservative styling of its German rivals.
This theme is carried over into the hardware. Despite developing 306bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol motor, the Type-R eschews four-wheel-drive and instead opts for a traditional front-drive setup. Special 'Dual Axis Strut' front suspension and a limited-slip front differential are fitted to limit torque-steer and help transmit all that power to the Tarmac.
Mated exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox, the new VTEC engine is capable of whisking the Type-R from 0-62mph in a claimed 5.7 seconds, before topping out at 167mph – making it one of the fastest hot hatches available at this price point.
Drivers will be able to alter the mood of their Type-R through a new '+R' driving mode, which alters throttle and engine mapping, reduces power steering assistance and firms up the suspension for a more aggressive feel.
In a nod to its extreme performance bent, Honda has developed the Type-R extensively at Germany's Nurburging racetrack, where it has already taken the record for the fastest front-wheel-drive production car, beating the stripped-out Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R with a lap time of 7min 50secs.
Inside, the Type-R's overtly sporty theme continues, with the heavily bolstered sports seats trimmed in eye-searing red fabric; contrasting with black dashboard trim and headlining. The pedals have an alloy finish, while the gear knob itself is machined from a single block of aluminium.
The Civic Type-R will also be offered in a higher GT specification, which starts from £32,995. For this, buyers will get automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded infotainment system and a suite of electronic safety aids.
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