2016 Honda Civic Type R - Main

After a series of spy shots and teasers, Honda has finally lifted the cover off the new Honda Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show.  The fourth-generation model is the first of its kind to feature a turbocharged engine, which the company dubs as “the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge.”

To be more specific, the Type R is powered by a new 2.0-litre iVTEC mill from the brand’s Earth Dreams range that sends the output to the front wheels through a six-speed manual. Fed by a turbocharger, the four-cylinder unit pumps out 306 hp (310 PS) at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from as early as 2,500 rpm. Honda claims its hot hatch can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 270 km/h.

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As you may have already known, the Civic Type R was subject to intensive aerodynamic testing and development, which was carried out at the company’s Sakura facility, as well as on the Suzuka F1 circuit, Nürburgring Nordschleife and Honda’s very own Takasu facility.

The car sports large upper and lower grille to aid cooling, a front splitter, deep side skirts, rear diffuser and a completely flat underside. Despite being toned-down, the rear spoiler has been designed to optimise downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds.

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The cabin, on the other hand, is fitted with sports seats wrapped in a familiar black and red suede material, gear knob made from machined aluminium alloy and a flat-bottom steering wheel with red highlights. At launch, the Civic Type R will be available in Crystal Black, Polished Metal, Brilliant Sporty Blue and Milano Red, in addition to the trademark Championship White shade.

The chassis is enhanced with a four-point adaptive damper system, a dual axis strut at the front end and a H-shaped torsion beam setup at the other. The former is supposed to lessen torque steer by 50 percent while the latter is supplied to improve the car’s roll rigidity by a huge 180 percent. Elsewhere, customers will find a dual pinion electric power steering, 19-inch alloy wheels in 235/35 tyres as well as 350 mm drilled discs.

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The Civic Type R will also be the first model in the range to boast a +R button, which is basically an adrenaline shot for the car. When activated, the engine becomes more responsive, the steering will feel more connected and the damping force from the damper system is enhanced by 30 percent.

Also new for the Civic Type R is an optional GT pack, which adds visual highlights and a raft of features including front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers, electric fold door mirrors, Garmin navigation system and a 320-watt stereo system with CD player and eight speakers.

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The pack also includes Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems consisting of  Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor.




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