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.
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.
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.