Geneva 2015: Honda Civic Type-R Revealed
March 3rd, 2015 8:22 AM Share
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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- Bobby D'Oppo Great sound and smooth power delivery in a heavier RWD or AWD vehicle is a nice blend, but current V8 pickup trucks deliver an unsophisticated driving experience. I think a modern full-size pickup could be very well suited to a manual transmission.In reality, old school, revvy atmo engines pair best with manual transmissions because it's so rewarding to keep them in the power band on a winding road. Modern turbo engines have flattened the torque curve and often make changing gears feel more like a chore.
- Chuck Norton For those worried about a complex power train-What vehicle doesn't have one? I drive a twin turbo F-150 (3.5) Talk about complexity.. It seems reliability based on the number of F-150s sold is a non-issue. As with many other makes/models. I mean how many operations are handle by micro processors...in today's vehicles?
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- Kwik_Shift A nice stretch of fairly remote road that would be great for test driving a car's potential, rally style, is Flinton Road off of Highway 41 in Ontario. Twists/turns/dips/rises. Just hope a deer doesn't jump out at you. Also Highway 60 through Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Great scenery with lots of hills.
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.
Meanwhile, in the real world, here's the first comment at Insty (http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/203192/): "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..."