Honda Type R fans rejoice. Honda has not been seeing any true performance cars in a while, ever since they dropped the S2000 in 2009. The favourable FD2R was axed a year later in 2010, while the CR-Z wasn’t particularly much of a performance car per se. What you’re seeing here is the European version of the CIvic Type R, still under testing.
Unlike the concept shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the production version of the upcoming Civic Type R will be toned down quite a lot, as evident in the photos. Although it has been toned down quite a lot, certain go-fast bits are still evident, like the quad-pipe exhaust, bigger sized rims, a rear diffuser and fatter wheel arches.
As we mentioned earlier, the new Type R is poised to go against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus ST. Honda will drop their tried and tested K20A block due to emission regulations, and will adopt a turbocharged engine. This puts the Civic Type R on the same ground as the Focus ST, but not the Golf R, since the Golf R comes equipped with VW’s 4Motion system. Power of the new Civic Type R is rumoured to be above 276 hp, with about 400 NM of torque on tap.
Honda is also eyeing to dethrone Renault Megane RS as the fastest front wheel drive production car around the Green Hell.
Do stay tuned as we will continuously bring the latest updates about the new Civic Type R.
Photos via Motoring.com.au.