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Honda have finally revealed their all-new Civic Type R, featuring for the first time a high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC turbo engine offering greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda production car engine.
Engineered to be ‘a race car for the road’ the new 2.0 litre VTEC turbocharged engine delivers 310hp at 6500rpm and 400Nm (295lb ft) of torque at 2500rpm. Zero to 62mph (0-100km/h) comes in 5.7 seconds with a best-in-class top speed of 167mph (270km/h). The rev-limiter is set at 7000rpm.
Honda has equipped the Civic Type R with a trick front suspension dubbed “Dual Axis Strut” and a limited-slip differential. Based on a McPherson setup, the Dual Axis Strut has an additional steering knuckle in order to reduce torque steer by up to 50% compared to a standard Civic, claims Honda. The dampers are now adaptive and the electric steering is specially tuned for the Type R.
For the first time there is a “+R” driving mode. By pressing a button, you get a more aggressive torque delivery, increased engine response, stiffer dampers by 30% and reduced assistance on the steering. The 19in wheels are housing specific for the Type R Brembo brakes, measuring 350mm at the front, with four-piston calipers.
Honda has tuned the Civic Type R in places like Suzuka and Nurburgring race tracks, with Honda chasing the record for the fastest front wheel drive car to lap the latter, which means beating the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy R’s 7:54 time. Honda will reveal tomorrow at its official press conference if the new Civic Type R has broken the Nurburgring’s record.
The most hardcore Civic of them all wants the FWD crown of its segment and judging by looks alone, it looks angry enough. The new Type R wears a very aggressive body kit that is designed not only to make the car look meaner but also to increase downforce. The almost flat underside aids the big rear diffuser in increasing the grip while the large fixed wing has been shaped to provide usable downforce without creating too much drag.
The all-new Honda Civic Type R will go on sale across Europe from this summer.
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