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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.