We are only days away from the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and the guys at Honda has boldly unveil an updated version of their new and upcoming Civic Type R. This latest concept is a follow-up to the one that had made an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, which might be the final pieces of the puzzle on how the new Type R will take shape.
Grabbing people’s attention is undoubtedly its new and eye-catching luminous blue paintjob coupled with some white and red graphics. As for the time being, Honda has yet to give a definite word on how powerful the car is going to be. The only hint they had laid out is that it will be producing “more than 280PS (276-horsepower)” with a redline at 7,000rpm.
And with such power, it seems that Honda is putting high hopes on the new Type R as they claim that “it will deliver unmatched performance compared to any previous Type R car, including the iconic performance-oriented versions of the Integra, Accord, and even the 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 Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D.
Honda will also be mating the turbocharged inline-four with a traditional six-speed manual gearbox instead of the widely-used semi-automatic dual-clutch transmission in order to “maximize driving enjoyment”.
“The manual transmission allows the drivers to select the gear they want, for example, down from fifth to third when approaching a corner. The concept of the new Civic Type R is to be the complete driver’s car so this was the best option,” explained Hasshi.