For five years now those who pray at the church of H have awaited the return of not only the Civic Type R but the “R” name plate itself. To Honda’s credit they have not remained silent on the Civic Type R the whole time. While few and far between, Honda did grace the internet with updates in the form of concept drawings, and even early test mule footage. The last physical Civic Type R concept car really set the internet ablaze with its crazy wing with integrated brake lights. It was at that moment that the countdown begun and the world wondered how close the final product would stick to the wild concept that came before it. Today, we finally that the answer to that question is: “close-ish” Late last night in front of a small group of media and VIPs Honda revealed the final production version of the next (what I will further refer to as the 2016) Civic Type R to the planet Earth and the internet is still trying to repair itself as I type this. So, lets get down to the brass tacks shall we? Let’s start on the outside. The 2016 Civic Type R finally looks the part. Its very much removed from the egg-like shape of the previous Civic Type R (FN2 chassis) that was released back in 2008 and personally I think that’s a good thing. A very good thing. The 2016 Type R looks less like a space egg and more like a proper, “street legal-ish”, hot hatch which is exactly what a Civic Type R should look like! The front end is low and aggressive yet there doesn’t appear to be excessive venting despite the fact that this Type R now has a turbo under the hood (more on that later). The front also begins a wedge-like shape that continues all the way to the back of the vehicle but without the awkward bubble curve in the rear found on the FN2 chassis.
The fenders make their presence known with sharp arch lines and brake cooling vents (in the front fenders only). The front and sides are adorned with lip spoilers while the rear has an aggressive (but not obtuse) diffuser. Speaking of the rear, there is in fact a wild wing situated on the ’16 Civic Type R’s hatch. However, it isn’t quite the Avant Garde piece that we saw on the concept car. Instead is a more traditional GT style rear wing that sits just above a pair of sweeping tri-point taillights. No, there are no integrated brake lights in the wing as demonstrated on the concept; a point that has been polarizing among Honda fans as some really hoped to see it in the production car while others were glad they were left out. Honda also notes that the under side of the car is “nearly flat” and combined with the rear diffuser, keeps the Type R sucked towards the asphalt at speed. Aerodynamics seems to be a major part of the new Civic Type R’s exterior design. Nearly every vent, duct, and ridge is meant for aerodynamic or cooling purposes, at least according to Honda they are. As usual the real story is under the hood as the new Civic Type R has something that no other Type R before it ever had, a turbocharger. Yes, after decades of tuners adding turbochargers themselves after the fact, Honda has decided to finally offer a turbocharged Civic from the factory. With the snail in place the 2.0 liter VTEC engine in the Civic Type R will make 305hp at the front wheels and 302 ft-lbs of torque to get it motivated. Its max power will come at 6,500rpm (just 500rpm before its 7,000rpm redline) and max torque is reached by 2,500rpm. Certainly not a high strung engine but impressive numbers nonetheless.
Combine the aero package, the engine, and an advanced suspension system featuring an independent “active damper system” and a “dual axis front strut”, which helps reduce torque steer and you have a hatchback that can lap the Nurburgring in 7:50.63, a front wheel drive track record Drivers who want to take full advantage of all those bits may be interested in what Honda calls the “+R” mode. Hit that button and the steering, suspension, and torque mapping all change on the fly to tighten things up, improve steering response, and increase performance. Buyers who want to add a few creature comforts to their hot hatch may vie for the “GT Pack” which includes extras such as parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, power folding side mirrors, a navigation system sourced from Garmin, among other goodies. The GT Pack also features a few sensor based safety systems like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and front collision warning.
All together the new Civic Type R sounds like it could be the new king of the hot hatches. It definitely has the spec sheet to be a challenger but specs aren’t everything. What’s more is that there is no word on if Honda’s new turbo hatch will reach American shores. It will however be sold in Japan and Europe this July for 29,995GDP (about 46k USD) for the base model. Those who want the GT Pack will need to add an additional 2,300GDP ($3,530) to that price. At that price I’d say only die-hard Honda fans need apply for the new Type R as it would be hard for anyone else to justify paying that much considering the other options available at that price point. According to Honda there are at least 100 people who weren’t scared off by sticker shock and pre-ordered the new Type R already. Will it come to America? If it does, will it retain its nearly $50k price tag? Time will tell I suppose. For now, if you want to check out HD resolution pics of the 2016 Civic Type R just click any of the thumbnails you see in this post. For more info check out the official press release below. Press Release:
A HOT-HATCH ICON REBORN: ALL-NEW HONDA CIVIC TYPE R ENGINEERED TO BE A ‘RACE CAR FOR THE ROAD’
- Production version of Civic Type R revealed at 2015 Geneva Motor Show
- Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine offers greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda production car engine
- Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability
- Advanced new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer
- New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills
- Under development the Civic Type R has achieved a top speed of 270 km/h
After a five year wait, 2015 sees the arrival of the world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R. Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new Civic Type R will set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment. The production version of Honda’s latest hot hatch icon is revealed for the first time at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March; Stand 4250, Hall 4). Type R vehicles have garnered a cult following around the world and the new model more than lives up to the high expectations. A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector. The new 2015 Civic Type R will be powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the Honda brand. All-new turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine At the heart of the Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS* at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm* at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model. Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration. The Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds* – making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback – and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph)*. The new engine is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, safeguarding an intimate, rewarding connection with the drivetrain, and power is directed through the front wheels. Function dictates form The styling changes that are unique to the Civic Type R give the car an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The sleek and aerodynamically-efficient design reflects a car developed to perform at speed. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured high-speed stability and high levels of downforce. To achieve this aim, the Civic Type R was subject to exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development. The development team tirelessly pursued its objectives through computer-based CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing at Honda’s dedicated automotive motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan; home of Honda’s Formula One engine development. This development work was validated through extensive prototype testing both on the road and on track, including at the Suzuka Formula One circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the company’s Takasu test facility. A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. The rear wing has been reimagined from the Type R Concept. The structure of the airfoil – its angle, height and shape as well as its vertical end plates – have been carefully engineered to optimise downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. This helps improve road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners. A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, enhancing high-speed stability and reducing lift forces. Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper allow greater volume of cooling air into the engine bay. The airflow is channelled to outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the widened front wheel arches to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine. New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes. They fill the enlarged wheel arches with 235/35R19 tyres that were developed specially for the Type R. To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs. The Type R is available in five distinctive colours that give the purposeful new styling added visual impact. As well as Championship White – shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red. A cabin with a sporting ambience A range of aesthetic and functional upgrades within the cabin reinforce the Type R’s sporting character. As with previous Type R models, the gear lever knob is made from machined aluminium alloy. High-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, provide driver and front-seat passenger with ample lateral support during harder cornering. Matching red double stitching also appears on the black leather-clad steering wheel and blackgear-lever gaiter. The roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric, augmenting the focused ambience. New suspension technologies for a rewarding, more agile drive A number of innovative new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, have been introduced to produce rewarding handling characteristics and to maximise power transfer to the road. A new four-point Adaptive Damper System, developed specifically for the Type R, enables continuous independent control of each wheel to deliver exceptional road holding performance, limit wheel-load transfer during sharp acceleration and deceleration, and to maintain a stable, flat ride. It also means that the ride is more comfortable and supple in everyday driving and cruising. An advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system helps to reduce torque steer by 50 per cent compared to the standard Civic’s suspension set up, enhancing high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. At the rear, Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam suspension is constructed with a bespoke ‘crushed pipe’ which improves rear roll rigidity by 180 per cent, further enhancing stability in high-speed corners. These systems are complemented by Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering, which helps to deliver rapid yet linear steering response and abundant feel. New ‘+R’ mode increases responses for enhanced driving thrills The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems. The result is an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track and sure to be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast. When +R mode is activated, engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering receives reduced power assistance and is therefore more responsive to driver inputs, and basic damping force from the new four-point Adaptive Damper System is increased by 30 per cent. This means the behaviour of the car is firmer and more agile for high-performance handling. All-new GT Pack offers further enhancements Customers will have the option to specify their new Civic Type R with an all-new GT Pack. Externally, the GT Pack adds signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters for even greater eye-catching impact, but it’s under the skin where the GT Pack’s most significant upgrades will be found. The driver will benefit from extra convenience features such as front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers and electric fold door mirrors. Integrated Garmin satellite navigation (including five years of free map updates) is added to the Honda Connect infotainment system. Audiophiles will be attracted by the addition of a CD player and a premium eight-speaker, 320 watt stereo system upgrade. All occupants will appreciate automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning, and sophistication in the cabin is also boosted by red ambient lighting. The GT Pack also includes Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This comprehensive suite of sensor-based safety technologies includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor. Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the Civic Type R. The all-new Honda Civic Type R will go on sale across Europe from this summer. Full vehicle specifications will be announced in due course. * Honda internal figures