The 2015 Honda Civic Type R Concept had its premiere at the 2014 Paris Auto Show. Though everyone was expecting to see the production version of the hatchback in France, the manufacturer decided to change its mind in the last second. However, probably knowing how disappointed we all would be, the Japanese automaker has revealed some of the specs of the future production model. This concept already had one premiere, though, at the latest Geneva Auto Show, and other than body colors or some similar small updated, the Honda Civic Type R concept will be the same one we’ve seen before. However, now that there are pieces of information about the production version, the whole story gets a new tone. The new model will, once it is released, truly be amazing. It will have a more or less similar design to that seen on the concept, but also, its powertrain will simply be stunning. On one hand we do understand the manufacturer’s wish not to show us the production Type R at this moment and to wait, because once it is released, it will surely make a huge boom in the automotive industry. Though we do not posses all the information about it, let’s take a look at what we do know about the new Honda Civic Type R.
2015 Honda Civic Type R Exterior
The 2015 Honda Civic Type R will, like we mentioned, probably have a similar appearance to the one shown on the concept. Since the latter wasn’t changed since Geneva Auto Show, other than some minor details, it is safe to assume that the same logistic will be used for the production version. The Civic Type R will have a menacing and aggressive exterior which will perfectly depict its characteristics and true nature. If you think that the regular hatchback is dull, conventional or uninteresting, you will surely change your mind when you see this version of it. It is a great sign of both the model’s and manufacturer’s potential as they made an amazing car out of what seems to look like an ordinary hatchback.
Engine And Performance
The 2015 Honda Civic Type R will use a direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that is capable of producing over 296 horsepower. This is truly amazing, but not as impressive as some rumors claim that this unit will generate 320 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Either way, it is plain to see that the engineers are not kidding with this model. This much power will provide an unbelievable experience of driving this kick-ass model. in addition, the manufacturer also announced that the new model will have a redline at 7,000 rpm and that the engine will be mated with a six-speed manual transmission. The model will use front-wheel drive. There will be no optional drive modes or transmissions.
Special +R Feature
The 2015 Honda Civic Type R will come with not just an impressive engine and fantastic appearance, it will also come with some rather interesting features. The new model will be the first one to offer the +R mode. To all those who are not familiar with the term, the +R mode is special type of configuration and responsiveness of the vehicle. It can be activated by pressing the button located near the steering wheel. When activated, the +R mode improves the car’s performance quite much with more responsive engine and steering, stiffer suspension, modified torque mapping etc. This way, the car is much more interesting and exciting to drive and the feel of sitting behind its steering wheel completely changes. Also, the new model will come with the Steer Axis system, which reduces the car’s steer torque.
2015 Honda Civic Type R Distribution
The 2015 Honda Civic Type R will be released in Europe next year. However, there are no indications saying that the new model will make it to the USA market, but the technological and designing solutions used on this model will surely be implemented in the performance-oriented model made for the American buyers. The price of the new model is still unknown.