The 2014 Paris Auto Show is bringing us a lot of goodies this year, this time in the form of a blue hot hatch that carries the Honda badge, and we love it!
Love Honda? Well, something exciting is barking from their test labs and it seems to be called the 2015 Honda Civic Type R and it is packing a juicy 2.0 Litre turbo engine that replaces the old high revving VTEC to compete with the legends, hence the Golf GTI.
As shocked and saddened that you may be for the loss of the VTEC, Honda was determined to enter the hot hatch market with their Type R and started testing the Civic Type R since releasing it at the Geneva Motor Show aiming at the Hot Hatch’s top market dogs.
Honda Civic Type-R Concept: 2014 Geneva Motor Show debut
Honda introduced a concept Type R that shook the very foundation of the hot hatch market back in the 2014 Geneva Motor Show while Volkswagen, Renault and other hot hatch manufacturers were chilling with mere refreshes of their current models.
What makes the 2015 Honda Civic Type R special, is the amount of details which is unseen in hot hatches these days which tend to focus on simplicity. While the Type R focuses on a car that looks like a race car for the road with bulging flares, huge spoilers, twin exhaust tips, and sweeping sharp lines in favour of organic shapes. While the rear of the Civic Type R is much wilder than the front fascia it still manages to give the Type R a unique styling element in an ever so crowded market.
We wish there was a sedan version!
We wish it would be available in a sedan version, we reckon it would look great with the current design they managed to put together. But that is just us, we love super fast 4 door pocket rockets.
Honda designers described the Civic Type R as a “racing car for the road”, and it really does delivery what is asked of it. This was achievable thanks to it’s flared wheel arches with air vents behind them, and an enormous split-spoiler with integrated LED brake lights coupled with a full-width diffuser that houses quad exhausts. All of this results in a wonderful looking car, that looks very nice from any view and feels ahead of the competition.
The 2015 Civic Type R will come with 20 inch rims that are unheard of for a Honda, especially a Honda Civic. This car is truly a revolutionary from the outgoing model that was great and fun, but just did not have that touring look or factor.
2015 Civic Type R Specs
With the departure of the high revving VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) that many people love and associate Honda with, it is expected that the new 2.0 Litre engine will deliver 280-300 hp and 300 ft-lbs of torque with better efficiency and speed.
The 2015 Honda Civic Type R is expected to hit 0-60 mph in 6 seconds or less, since it is targeting hot hatches capable of these numbers yet none of them look half as good.
Previous Honda Civic Type R models have used the unique VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) engine, which uses different camshaft profiles to produce extra power when it’s needed. This new model should be quicker and more efficient than before, thanks to the new turbo engine, but the character of the car will be different this time around.
The Type R will be sold in limited colors, which include Championship white, Race blue (recently released in Paris Motorshow) and gold flake filled red which is supposedly supposed to display professionalism says Hasegawa San, which doesn’t make much sense. What does make sense is the availability of two versions, one of which will be the standard Civic Type R while the other is a much more track focused hardcore version.
Honda Civic Type R testing at the Nurburgring
The Nurburgring is a circuit in Germany every serious motorhead knows, and when a car manufacturer sends their car their it is all business “they want it to be fast”. WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini drives the up and coming 2015 Civic Type R in a small teaser that also lets us hear the sound of the new turbo engine.
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