New Honda Civic Type R Photos and Info Revealed
The Honda Civic Type R will make its official debut (dressed in “Championship White”) at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, which runs from March 5th –15th and frankly, just feels so damn far away. Knowing we can’t wait a whole month with nothing more than blurry spy shots to go on, the Japanese automaker has generously provided three new Civic Type R photos to keep us hyped.
Along with the gauge cluster above, Honda has also revealed a close-up of the hot hatch’s front end:
And also a look at the front wheel:
Additionally, the automaker has confirmed that the all-new Honda Civic Type R’s top speed will be a class-best 167 mph. Powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC turbo four-cylinder engine yielding 276 horsepower, the European production vehicle also comes with an extreme aero kit, which the automaker revealed more about today:
A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimize downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. A bespoke rear wing gives the car enhanced visual presence and delivers powerful additional downforce, thanks notably to the structure of its airfoil section.
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, cutting drag and enhancing high-speed stability.
To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package for the front wheels, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs. New 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes, filling the wheel arches and accommodating the larger brakes.
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, vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the front wheel arches combine to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine.