The new Honda Civic Type-R will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the manufacturer has officially announced.
The next hot Civic will be front and centre of Honda’s presence at the show, and the company has confirmed that the new model – based on the recently released tenth generation Civic – will use a turbocharged 2.0-litre VTEC engine like its predecessor.
Production will begin at Honda’s UK plant in Swindon this summer and the car will be exported around the world, including to the United States – the first time any Type-R Honda has officially gone on sale in North America.
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Honda stole the limelight at the Paris Motor Show last year with a prototype version of the new Civic Type R – a close-to-production preview of what the next generation of Honda’s Civic hot hatch will look like when it goes on sale in a few months.
Prototypes have also been spied undergoing performance testing at the Nurburgring race track in Germany with the large rear wing fitted, and despite previous reports that this won’t appear on the production model, it will indeed get this “functional” unit. “The purpose of this model will be to fight for the record,” Tsutamori told us.
Trademark Civic Type R design cues such as the red bumper detailing, flared wheelarches and oversized air intakes do remain.
Engineers will also turn their attention to the powertrain. Auto Express understands the car will be powered by a tuned version of the current 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo. Current performance figures of 306bhp and 400Nm of torque are expected to increase to around 340bhp and 450Nm. The official 0-62mph time could drop to around five seconds – seven-tenths of a second quicker than today’s model.
Despite the huge reserves of power, it’s also believed Honda will stick with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox. This means the new Type R should move clear of the limited-run, two-seater Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S to become the world’s most powerful front-drive hot hatch – and Honda will try to reclaim the front-wheel-drive Nurburgring lap record from its rival.
The more traditional bodyshape will also mean a boost in practicality for the Civic. The new Type R will be around 30mm wider, 20mm lower and 130mm longer than at present. It will be built at the Honda facility in Swindon, Wiltshire, alongside the standard hatchback, with production starting this summer.