In LA, the Japanese carmaker introduced the sedan model that will kick off the range later this year, followed by a coupe, high-performance Si models, the aforementioned 5-door hatchback, and another first for the US market, a Civic Type R model to rival the Ford Focus RS. The latter is believed to carry a version of the European model's (built in Ohio) 306hp 2.0-liter turbo four.
Honda didn't give us much information on the new Civic's two engines. There's a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated, VTEC four-cylinder as well as the first turbocharged Honda mill to come to the US, a 1.5-liter four. There will also be a pair of continuously variable transmissions. That, though, is just the stuff made in North America. We expect Honda to flesh out the powertrain lineup – including, we hope, a manual gearbox – at the big drive program, slated for later this month.
Available only as a five-door, with two trim grades, the new Civic Type R goes on sale across Europe from July 2015.
At the heart of the car is the new direct-injected turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo petrol engine which produces 310PS (306hp) at 6,500 rpm and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm.
The engine revs all the way up to 7,000 rpm thanks to an advanced new turbocharging system which incorporates Honda’s Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) and Dual-Variable Timing Control (VTC) technologies to boost low-end response while delivering sustained acceleration.
Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the Civic Type R sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 270 km/h (167 mph). Still, it manages to return 7.3 l/100 km (38.7 mpg UK or 32.2 mpg US) on the combined cycle, with corresponding CO2 emissions of 170 g/km.
The new Civic Type R is available in five distinctive colors: Championship White, Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.
Inside, the new hot-hatch gets exclusively designed high-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black and red fabric with red double stitching, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and the intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID) which includes display information specific to the Civic Type R such as a G-meter and brake pressure / accelerator pedal position, boost pressure, water temperature, oil pressure and oil temperature, lap time, acceleration time (0-100 km/h or 0-60 mph and 0-100 m or 0-1/4 mile).
The new Civic rides on a new four-wheel Adaptive Damper System which enables continuous independent control of each wheel to enhance road holding performance. It also contributes to a more comfortable and supple ride in everyday driving and cruising.
Stopping power is delivered by a high performance Brembo brake package developed specifically for the Civic Type R. There are four-piston calipers and 350mm drilled discs at the front – the largest ever to have been installed on a production Type R model.
Standard features include the Android-based Honda Connect infotainment system, automatic climate control air conditioning and cruise control with speed limiter, among other things. Customers will be able to opt for an optional GT Pack, which includes styling, convenience, infotainment and safety technology enhancements, as well as accessory pack options including the Red Exterior Pack, Red Interior Pack, Carbon Exterior Pack and Carbon Interior Pack.
Edited by RFX45 - 9/16/15 at 8:48pm