Honda has released new concept images of the forthcoming Civic Type R, as well as confirmed a few of the finer details of what we can expect from the company’s most hotly-anticipated new hatchback when it arrives next year.
As we already know, the new Civic Type R will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine producing more than 280PS.
However, Honda went on to confirm today that the new power-plant will have a 7,000rpm red line, thereby preserving some of the high-revving character Type R fans have grown to love, while also delivering a new-found low-rpm strength courtesy of the turbo.
Honda has also confirmed that the new Type R will be fitted with a new +R button on the steering wheel. Pressing it sharpens the throttle and steering response, alters the settings of the Adaptive Damper System, and engages a more aggressive torque map for the engine.
Honda says the +R mode is quite extreme making the car “ideal for the track.”
The adaptive damper system is said to be able to automatically adjust damper settings in order to provide a compliant ride in everyday driving but with the ability to firm up for enthusiastic cornering.
To control torque steer, Honda’s engineers have implemented a ‘steer axis’ system that uses a pair of kingpins in the front suspension.
Also confirmed is the new Type R’s use of a six-speed manual transmission, rather than a double-clutch unit. Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D explains: “The manual transmission allows the driver to select their chosen gear, for example, down from fifth to third when approaching a corner. The concept of the new Civic Type R is to be the complete driver’s car so this was the best option.”
The new Civic Type R will be built at Honda’s Swindon plant in the UK, and will arrive in dealerships during 2015.