Introducing The Striking New Honda Civic Type R

The Honda Civic styling has always divided opinion. Some love it and some don’t and some think that the latest incarnation looks a bit less radical than the predecessor. One thing’s for sure though – everyone who loves cars loves the Type-R.

The all-new British built Civic Type R – which will make its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March sporting the Championship White colour shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – will feature a host of eye-catching design enhancements that have been heavily influenced by extensive aerodynamic development and testing, both on computer and in the wind tunnel. The result, say Honda, is a car with exceptional high speed stability and high levels of downforce.

The superior aerodynamic performance helps make the most of the Type R’s 2.0 litre direct injection VTEC TURBO engine, enabling the car to achieve a top speed of 270km/h (167mph) unrivalled amongst its front wheel-drive competitors.

A new almost completely flat underside, like a Cadbury’s Boost, aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. A bespoke rear wing gives the car enhanced visual presence and delivers powerful additional downforce, thanks notably to the structure of its airfoil section. A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, cutting drag and enhancing high-speed stability.

To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston callipers apply braking force to 350mm drilled discs. New 19” alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes, pleasingly filling the wheel arches and accommodating the larger brakes.

Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper, vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the front wheel arches combine to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine.

Leon Brannan, Head of Car, Honda (UK) said “We’ve already seen huge customer interest for this much anticipated and unique car with over 100 orders already in the bank. With the release of these new technical details I think we can expect many more.”

Looking forward to this one. A lot.

Geoff Maxted