What you see here is the new 2015 Honda Civic Type R, spied testing its mettle in Germany with the presence of a Vauxhall Astra OPC as well as a Ford Focus RS500. 

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Staying true to its ‘Type R’ heritage, this new Civic Type R is planted with a 2.0 litre, four-pot mill underneath the hood. However, the biggest change would be the inclusion of a turbocharger (first ever for a Type R) to produce close to 300 hp. This move is understandable since the boffins at Honda are aiming to topple the front-wheel-drive lap record at the Nürburgring, which is currently being held by the Renault Megane RS Trophy in 2011 at 8:07.97.

The new Civic Type R is said to get the standard six-speed manual gearbox but there are suggestions that it may get an optional automatic dual-clutch transmission. An adaptive suspension system, like the one found on the new Civic Tourer may also be included in the menu.

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Those stickers may hide the lines but features like front and rear spoilers, sporty aero kit and a rear diffuser are apparent, telling other hot hatches that Honda means business. The traditional red Brembo calipers are retained but this new Civic Type R has four tailpipes, two more than on the previous FN2 Type R.

After seeing the discontinuation of the FD2 Civic Type R in 2010, we, like any other Honda fanboys are eager to see more of the new Civic Type R, which may be fully revealed only next year. Sigh.