Geneva 2015: Honda Civic Type-R Revealed

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

At 310 horsepower, the Honda Civic Type R represents the first turbocharged performance vehicle from Honda, and the big H is aiming for the fastest front-wheel drive time around the Nurburgring.

Unlike past VTECs, peak torque of 295 lb-ft will come online at just 2500 rpm. The only transmission choice will be a 6-speed manual transmission. Brembo brakes, bucket seats, a stiffer suspension and selectable drive modes round out the rest of the package. While the front suspension features a new “Dual Axis” setup similar to Ford’s RevoKnuckle system in the old Focus RS, the rear utilizes a torsion beam rather than a fully independent suspension.

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  • Turbo Is Black Magic Turbo Is Black Magic on Mar 02, 2015

    If this thing does sticker for what a top spec GTI goes for like the UK mags are saying and can pull a sub 7:54 ring time (skeptical) this will be a performance bargain. If only Honda of America would step up and demand of the overlords that it be sent here. If this really did sticker at top spec GTI prices ($32k) range I honestly would probably buy one.

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    • APaGttH APaGttH on Mar 05, 2015

      @Turbo Is Black Magic Holy crap the Megane RS 275 Trophy R seems so - pedestrian by the specs. Curb weight of 3000 pounds. 275 HP, 8.6:1 compression rate, 4 piston Brembos out front, solid disc in the rear, 6-speed manual, McPherson strut with double wishbone up front, torsion beam in the rear, 19" rims with 235/35 rubber. On paper, this is definitely a hot hatch - but by the specs sure doesn't come across as an under 8 minute around the Ring car. There must be some impressive engineering there - and of course the Aussies get it - but we don't.

  • Pete Zaitcev Pete Zaitcev on Mar 05, 2015

    Meanwhile, in the real world, here's the first comment at Insty ( "Manual gearshift only? What am I, a cave man? :) I understand that some people still like having a manual transmission (even though these days they're typically slower in a drag race, especially compared to dual-clutch jobs) but c'mon, give us an automatic option. We know Honda have automatic gearboxes that can handle that much power. My car has one..."

  • Jonathan IMO the hatchback sedans like the Audi A5 Sportback, the Kia Stinger, and the already gone Buick Sportback are the answer to SUVs. The A5 and the AWD version of the Stinger being the better overall option IMO. I drive the A5, and love the depth and size of the trunk space as well as the low lift over. I've yet to find anything I need to carry that I can't, although I admit I don't carry things like drywall, building materials, etc. However, add in the fun to drive handling characteristics, there's almost no SUV that compares.
  • C-b65792653 I'm starting to wonder about Elon....again!!I see a parallel with Henry Ford who was the wealthiest industrialist at one time. Henry went off on a tangent with the peace ship for WWI, Ford TriMotor, invasive social engineering, etc. Once the economy went bad, the focus fell back to cars. Elon became one of the wealthiest industrialist in the 21st century. Then he went off with the space venture, boring holes in the ground venture, "X" (formerly Twitter), etc, etc, etc. Once Tesla hit a plateau and he realized his EVs were a commodity, he too is focused on his primary money making machine. Yet, I feel Elon is over reacting. Down sizing is the nature of the beast in the auto industry; you can't get around that. But hacking the Super Charger division is like cutting off your own leg. IIRC, GM and Ford were scheduled to sign on to the exclusive Tesla charging format. That would have doubled or tripled his charging opportunity. I wonder what those at the Renaissance Center and the Glass House are thinking now. As alluded to, there's blood in the water and other charging companies will fill the void. I believe other nations have standardized EV charging (EU & China). Elon had the chance to have his charging system as the default in North America. Now, he's dropped the ball. He's lost considerable influence on what the standardized format will eventually be. Tremendous opportunity lost. 🚗🚗🚗
  • Tassos I never used winter tires, and the last two decades I am driving almost only rear wheel drive cars, half of them in MI. I always bought all season tires for them, but the diff between touring and non touring flavors never came up. Does it make even the smallest bit of difference? (I will not read the lengthy article because I believe it does not).
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  • Lou_BC Mustang sedan? 4 doors? A quarterhorse?Ford nomenclature will become:F Series - Pickups Raptor - performance division Bronco - 4x4 SUV/CUVExplorer - police fleetsMustang- cars