A 2.0-litre turbo engine will power the beast.
Dear hot hatch fans – we have some wonderful news. The production version of the new Honda Civic Type R will make its official public debut in two weeks from now. The Japanese manufacturer confirmed the Civic Type R will be the highlight of its show presence at the 87th Geneva Motor Show next month.
The Civic Type R prototype has already appeared at motor shows around the world and will soon morph into a production model. Honda says it has been developed in parallel with the standard Civic hatchback, with “mutual benefits to the dynamics and refinement of both vehicles.” The carmaker also confirmed the Type R will be powered by a 2.0-litre VTEC turbo petrol engine.
The new hot Civic will be made in Honda’s Swindon plant with production expected to start this summer. The car will be exported across most of the European markets and to other important markets around the world, including Japan.
The new Type R was previewed by a concept, or a prototype as Honda calls it, at the Paris Motor Show last year. At this point, there’s no official information about the vehicle’s power, but reports suggest the 2.0-litre motor will generate more than 300hp. That power will be channelled to the front wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox.
Honda’s Geneva stand will also feature the Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle, while a European premiere is also planned for the Honda NeuV fully electric concept. When ready to hit the roads, this will be able to be used as an automated ride sharing vehicle when the owner is not using the car.