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Paris 2014: European Honda Civic Type-R Concept II arrives in force

Paris 2014: European Honda Civic Type-R Concept II arrives in force image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Press | posted October 02, 2014 21:40

It has over 280 PS and will outperform past Type-R renditions

After providing us a taste of things to come last September 29, 2014, Honda has publicly debuted the 2015 Civic Type-R Concept II in the metal at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The new Civic Type-R Concept II is most extreme Type-R model according to the Japanese automaker will eclipse the previous generation including other renditions such as the Integra, Accord and NSX.

“Honda has had four Type R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Honda Civic Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response,” said Suero Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D.

Exterior-wise, the car is finished in a blue color that is accented by red strips that can be found on the hood, bumper and front doors of the car. It features an aggressive look such as the front end that has sleek headlights, a wide bumper, a splitter and black grill. The side profile of the car is emphasized by flowing lines that run from the front fender and continues on through the rear wheel arch. At the rear, the Type-R Concept II has a fixed spoiler that houses the taillights while the lower section of the bumper is finished in black and features a quad exhaust system.

The rear and side profile of the Honda Civic Type-R

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine from the company’s Earth Dreams Technology series that churns out over 280 PS and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Moreover, it is the first Type-R that is fitted with a turbocharger and also complies with Euro 6 standard emissions. Besides the boost in power, this particular Type-R concept will be equipped with Honda’s latest tech including the ‘+R’ button located on the steering wheel that ups the ante in terms of engine response, a new four-point Adaptive Damper system that regulates damping settings according to driving conditions and a ‘steer axis’ system that is equipped on the car’s front suspension system. The system is composed of 2 supporting ‘kingpins’ that lessens torque steer, allowing the driver to fully exploit the car’s capability.

The car was developed and engineered for European driving settings and will be built at Honda’s state-of-the-art facility at Swindon, UK.