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Honda Civic Type R Concept Revealed (w/gallery)

“Racing car for the road” is the Big H’s most ambitious CTR yet

Mar 4, 2014
Photographers: Honda, Motortrend Staff

Honda Civic Type R Concept Details:

  • Most extreme Civic Type R to date
  • Tested at Nürburgring and shaped by success in the WTCC
  • First Honda in Europe to feature VTEC TURBO mill
  • Engine expected to make 276 hp

Honda Civic Type R concept show floor side  view Photo 2/22   |   Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva

The next Honda Civic Type R took a big step to becoming reality today at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where the automaker unveiled a concept version of the upcoming hot hatch variant. The styling exercise is being billed as “racing car for the road” rather than a high performance version of a road car, and not surprisingly strikes a sleek and aerodynamic profile that reflects the most extreme CTR so far.

Honda Civic Type R concept headlight Photo 6/22   |   Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva

Informed by success in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and tested at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany, the Honda Civic Type R Concept seems all business, rocking an integrated rear spoiler for greater rear downforce. Enlarged upper and lower front grilles and hood vents take engine cooling to the next level, while front and rear fenders have been widened to accommodate 20-inch tires. Air outlets are also built into the flares for improved airflow.

Honda VTEC TURBO Engines Announced

Honda Civic Type R concept wing closeup Photo 10/22   |   Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva

There’s no popping the hood or checking out the interior in Geneva, but it has been confirmed the next Honda Civic Type R will be the first model in Europe to feature one of the brand new VTEC TURBO engines, as we speculated previously. The next CTR will sport a two-liter, direct injected, inline-four turbo mill that is expected to make something in the order of 276 horsepower, a figure that would place the compact at the head of its class.

Honda Civic Type R Concept: What to Expect

Honda Civic Type R concept badge Photo 14/22   |   Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva

Much, much more information is forthcoming from the manufacturer, including a greater picture of the Honda Civic Type R’s performance merits. As excited as we are the CTR trim is living on, there remains a sadness because this is a European-only model (if it’s not Japan getting all the good stuff, it’s Europe). For now, we can only dream of having a CTR on American soil.

Honda Civic Type R concept side view closeup Photo 18/22   |   Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva
Honda civic type r concept rendering rear three quarter Photo 22/22   |   Honda Civic Type R Concept Rendering Rear Three Quarter
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