Honda ready to unveil 'racing car for the road'
Honda Design has released the official sketch of the Honda Civic Type R Concept which makes its global reveal at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland on March 4. The much-anticipated performance model of its compact hatchback is described by its design team as a 'racing car for the road' featuring bold and expressive styling to reflect its performance characteristics. The next-generation Euro Civic Type-R is scheduled to make its official debut early 2015.
The 2015 Honda Civic Type R was previewed last November in 'developmental form' at Honda’s Tochigi proving grounds. It featured very aggressive body styling to composed of large front air intakes, aero diffusers, wider fender flares and a large rear wing; inspired by the Civic WTCC racecar.
Under the hood will be the newly announced Earth Dreams 2.0-liter direct injection VTEC Turbo engine expected to output at least 280 PS with Euro 6 emission compliance. The new VTEC Turbo will be mated with a six-speed manual gearbox in lieu of a dual-clutch automatic as seen in many performance cars today.
Chassis work which includes a stiffer suspension, additional reinforcement bars, and adaptive rear suspension have reportedly been added to improve cornering performance to match the more powerful engine.
The 2015 Honda Civic Type R has been officially designated as a European model for the meantime. It remains to be seen if the Japanese automaker will decide to roll it out to other markets.