Honda Civic Type R Concept packs 276+ hp but no U.S. passport
The latest iteration Honda Civic Type R Concept debuts in Paris with the Japanese automaker promising that this 5-door hatch will be "the most extreme and high-performing Type R in the 22-year history of the red 'H' badge" and signaling the start of a new performance era for the brand. Sadly, the automaker also said a production version of the new Civic Type R won't be making it to showrooms in this country.
Save for a color shift from racy red of the original concept shown in Geneva last March to a luminous blue and some new graphic touches, there are no real changes to this Gen II version of the Civic Type R Concept. The car's wind-tunnel-honed bodywork carries over intact as does its 20-inch wheel/tire package and Brembo brakes. Honda remains mum on a final output figure for the Type R's new 2.0-liter turbocharged i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine from the "Earth Dreams" portfolio. For now, the estimate remains somewhere beyond the 276 horse mark, all delivered to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. However, Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda Research & Development, did add that of the four Type R model derivatives ever produced - Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX - the engine in the upcoming Civic Type R will be "unrivalled in terms of its raw power, torque and response."
Hasshi noted the volume-build version of this high-performance Honda will arrive with a new Adaptive Damper System that delivers virtually instantaneous response as well as a twin-kingpin "Steer Axis" front suspension setup that reduces torque steer. Finally, the new Civic Type R will introduce a track-oriented "+R" setting to its feature mix. Engaged by pressing a button on the multifunction steering wheel, Hasshi says it radically transforms the Civic Type R's already intense character by quickening steering, stiffening shock settings and altering the engine's ECU programming to deliver a sharper throttle response and more aggressive torque mapping. Despite the absence of an Ameri-spec Civic Type R, there's still reason to believe at least some of its scintillating technology may turn up here on a future Civic Si.
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