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305HP 2015 Honda Civic Type R Revealed

Most powerful production Civic ever finally drops, but will it even see American shores?

Staff
Mar 2, 2015
Photographer: Honda

The waiting game is finally over - from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Honda pulled the wraps off of its new Civic Type R (CTR), thus ending what felt like years of speculation. And we have to say the fresh four-door FWD hatchback looks pretty good on paper and in pictures, but we still don't know whether or not the sport compact will be offered to American consumers (which has been an emotional roller coaster, to sat the least).

New Honda Civic Type R Tops at 167mph

Honda Civic Type R side Photo 2/12   |   Honda Civic Type R

As expected, powering the 2015 CTR is Honda's first application of a 2.0-liter turbocharged VTEC engine. The direct-injected mill redlines at 7,000 rpm and delivers in the order of 305 horsepower (hp) at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm at the flywheel - both higher than for any previous Type R model. It comes with a six-speed manual trans and engineers clocked the Civic's 0-62mph at just 5.7 seconds.

Honda Civic Type R wing Photo 3/12   |   Honda Civic Type R

The R's "adaptive suspension" Honda has been hyping for months is officially called the Adaptive Damper System and includes subsystems unique to the 2015 CTR platform. They consist of the torque steer-limiting Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension, H-shaped torsion beam suspension at the rear and a Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering setup. This Civic Type R also marks the debut of the new "+R" button, that when triggered changes engine torque mapping, reduces steering power assistance (for a more direct feel) and increases damping force by a reported 30 percent.

Honda Civic Type R interior Photo 4/12   |   Honda Civic Type R

The CTR's body and aero were developed through CFD modeling and testing both in the wind tunnel and on the racetrack. Elements like the near totally flat underside, rear diffuser, rear wing, front splitter, deep side skirts and unique front bumper help to optimize down force. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper, outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the front wheel arches provide greater cooling and ventilation for the engine.

Honda Civic Type R exhaust Photo 8/12   |   Honda Civic Type R

The new CTR's looks are enhanced with 19-inch rims shod in 235/35R19 rubber specially made for the Type R. Brembo brakes come behind those wheels, and Honda will offer the 2015 Civic Type R in five different colors: Championship White, Crystal Black, Polished Metal, Brilliant Sporty Blue and Milano Red.

Honda Civic Type R rear three quarter Photo 9/12   |   Honda Civic Type R

Inside, the cabin is upgraded with a machined aluminum alloy shift knob and bolstered, high-backed seats trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching. Matching stitching shows up on the black leather-clad steering wheel and shift boot, while the headliner is also trimmed in black fabric.

Honda Civic Type R front driver seat Photo 10/12   |   Honda Civic Type R

Will this be the first Civic Type R to come to America? We don't know, and given the history of the model we're not holding our breath. If you happen to be in Switzerland this week you can check out the 2015 CTR at the 85th Geneva Motor Show running through March 15. For Europeans wanting to get their hands on one, the all-new R goes on sale this summer.

Honda Civic Type R front three quarter Photo 11/12   |   Honda Civic Type R
Honda Civic Type R front end Photo 12/12   |   Honda Civic Type R
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305HP 2015 Honda Civic Type R Revealed
2015 Honda Civic Type R Details:
  • Production version revealed at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
  • New 2.0L VTEC turbo mill more powerful than any previous Honda production engine
  • New suspension systems unique to CTR | +R mode increases chassis & engine response
  • Aero enhancements optimize airflow to aid performance and stability

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