Car enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting Honda’s release of its more powerful Civic Type-R. The company deputed the first concept model at the Geneva Motor Show, and since then the company has made further adjustments. At the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile (the Paris Motor Show), Honda will display the Civic Type R Concept II, a model closer to the production version. It is set to have unmatched performance, even compared to the previous Type-R cars, including the Civic, Accord, Integra and NSX, and mark the start of a new performance era for Honda.
The Powerful New Civic Type-R
The new Civic Type-R will feature a powerful engine and other features that allows for a premier driving experience. It is set to have a turbocharged 2.0-liter i-VTech engine with the capabilities to do more than 280 PS, and will set the new standards for torque, engine response, and power. This engine is from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology series.
According to the Project Leader for the Civic Type-R at Honda R&D, Suehiro Hasshi, “Honda has had four Type-R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Honda Civic Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response.”
High-performance Driving and Handling
To make the driving even easier, the Civic Type R concept II features an innovative, new four-point adaptive damper system that provides the ultimate handling. The front and rear suspension will be automatically adjusted depending on the driving conditions. Therefore, the drive will be comfortable to ride even when pushing it to its ultimate performance capabilities.
The steer axis system will minimize the torque steer to provide the best traction. The front suspension system will also include an additional mechanical system that has two supporting kingpins to minimize any torque steer so that the driver has full control over the car. The Civic Type R Concept II has the ability for high-revving up to 7,000 RPM in the red line and a six-speed manual transmission with slick shifting.
The +R Button
One of the biggest changes in the latest concept model is the new +R mode button on the right side of the steering wheel, which will enhance the driving thrills for on-track driving. When the +R is activated, it will heighten the engine response for a more aggressive and performance-focused setting for the torque mapping. The steering also becomes more responsive.
Just in default mode, this vehicle will provide drivers an exceptional drive in an everyday sports car. Once the +R button is pushed, it becomes a dynamic and athletic car to make it seem as though they are really racing. This makes it ideal for track use, so that genuine sport drivers can take this car from the road to the track.
The Look of the Civic Type R
All this power sits in a hatchback that looks similar to the initial Civic type R concept seen at the Geneva Motor Show. It features a full body kit and large rear spoilers. The exterior color is blue and features a futuristic beehive motive on the side of the car. Experts believe that about 95 percent of this concept version will become the production version available next year.
This model will comply with all the strict Euro 6 emissions regulations. It will be built at the Honda plant in Swenson, UK and is set to arrive in dealerships in 2015. The concept car will be available at the Honda Stand in Hall 3 at the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile. Honda also released an official video that demonstrates the powerful new Civic Type R concept model.