After its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Honda has officially launched the Civic Type R in Japan. The “race car for the road” is Honda's first Type R model with a turbocharged engine.

Developed under the “Soul-shaking superior drive” concept, the turbocharged Type R features a 2.0 liter VTEC engine. The result is 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque, making it the most powerful Civic Type R to date. Other improvements made over the standard model includes an aerodynamically enhanced exterior body kit, a rear wing and 19-inch lightweight wheels. The lone transmission for the 2016 Civic Type R is a 6-speed manual.

Inside, the car comes with smatterings of Type R touches from the door sill to the steering wheel. The bucket seats are specifically engineered for the Type R and exclusive to the hot hatchback. The information display is also geared towards performance driving with oil pressure and oil temperature gauges, a boost gauge, a G counter and a pedal pressure meter.

The side profile of the 2016 Honda Civic Type R

For performance, Honda claims the new Civic Type R lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in just 7 minutes and 50 seconds, a record for front wheel drive production cars. The lap time was achieved with the Civic's low-inertia, single scroll, high output turbocharger with an electronic wastegate. Another boost in performance comes from the specifically engineered dual-axis front suspension to curb torque steer, a common problem with high output front wheel drive cars. Lastly, the new Civic Type R is equipped with a four-point Adaptive Damper System that eliminated body roll for a more planted drive. Stopping power is provided by 4-pot cross-drilled brakes from Brembo.

Apart from the Adaptive Damper System, the Civic Type R gets more electronic handling enhancements. It also comes with Agile Handling Assist which enhances turn in while cornering. Also, switching the car to +R Mode changes the settings of the stability control, adaptive dampers and electronic power steering for a more dynamic drive.

The 2016 Honda Civic Type R starts sales in Japan on December 7.