Honda Civic Type-R Concept, Paris Motor Show

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onOctober 8th, 2014

As the new Honda Civic Type-R nears production, Honda shows off the progress of the project with the second version of the Type-R Concept. Powered by an 2L i-VTEC turbocharged engine, the new Type-R redefines Civic performance by offering a more than 280hp in the Honda hot hatch. Coupled with a slick shifting 6 speed manual transmission and the ability to rev to 7000rpm, Honda promises the new Civic Type-R to exceed performance from the previous Type-R’s, which includes the Integra, Accord, and even the NSX.

The new Civic Type-R features a +R Race mode, which intensifies throttle and engine response, a more aggressive torque map, as well as more responsive steering to give the driver the ultimate experience on a racetrack. The four-point Adaptive Damper System automatically tweaks the Civic Type-R’s suspension characteristics to match the road and track surfaces, which guarantees an exhilarating driving experience driving to the grocery store, or hot lapping at the Nurburgring.

Sadly, the new Civic Type-R looks to be destined for European showrooms, and not on our shores here in North America. Developed exclusively for European driving tastes, it will be built at the Swindon, UK Honda plant, and arrive in European markets in 2015. Let’s hope Honda changes its mind for this generation, as this beast of a hatchback will sell like hotcakes here.

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