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autoviva2014-03-07 15:29:31

Honda unveils design of the new Civic Type R

Radical version is seen by Honda as a street version of a racing car

Front spoiler was conceived to add aerodynamic pressure

HondaHondaHondaJapan, 1948 > present102 models
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has finally unveiled the concept of the new Civic Type RCivic Type R ConceptHonda Civic Type R ConceptJapan, 2015 > present11 photos
at the Geneva Motor Show. The radical designed vehicle works as a preview of one of the main highlights of the Japanese brand for next year, when the production version of the new Type R will be released on the market. More than a hot hatchback, the new Civic Type R can be seen as a road version of a race car.

Developed over the last six months in Honda's Swindon design center, the concept is 30 mm lower than a standard CivicCivic Gen.9Honda Civic Gen.9Japan, 2011 > present100 versions
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and is recognizable by the extended wheel arches, the large front spoiler and for what will be the largest wing ever to be placed on the backside of the model. However, the roof, the front doors and the rear door are shared with the standard Civic.

"This is the most extreme Type R ever," said honda's Chief Designer Masaru Hasegawa, "and the same will be said about the production version. The design is as inspired by our new WTCCCivic WTCCHonda Civic WTCCJapan, 2012 > present5 photos
race car as based on a basic Civic."

The style is intimately linked to performance and the Type R concept displays those credentials, rather than hiding them. Many of the aspects of style are functional, rather than being mere aesthetic props, and according to Honda it was demonstrated by the feedback received from track tests conducted in Nürgburgring. Reducing drag, adding downforce to the vehicle to make it grip to the road, optimizing cooling and airflow were key points that the design team had to focus on.

The front spoiler is designed to add the downforce, while the vertical spoilers on the sides and the cut shape of the front bumper help to reduce drag and control the flow of air in the surrounding area of the front tires. The red band that runs along the front spoiler helps to accentuate the low and wide stance of the Type R.

Furthermore, the new design of the headlights, with LED daytime running lamps, and the horizontal foglights give a touch of strong character to the front of the Type R Concept. The front grille, divided into two halves, one upper and one lower, was enlarged and the bonnet vents help to cool the more powerful engine better. Front and rear fenders were widened to accommodate the wide tires, and have integrated air outlets to optimize the air flow.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of this concept is its new rear spoiler with integrated LED taillights, which helps the futuristic look of the Type R.

Although more performance details are yet to be announced, Honda has already confirmed that the next Type R will be the first model in Europe to be fitted with the new VTEC Turbo engines from the Earth Dreams technology series. Honda expects this four-cylinder 2-liter engine, direct injection and turbo-compressor to provide an output of at least 280hp, while meeting the EURO 6 emission standards.

Civic Gen.9Civic Gen.9
Civic Type R ConceptCivic Type R Concept
Straight 4
122 cu in
Top Speed
6, Manual
Maximum power
280 hp
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost




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