The European version of the new-generation Honda Civic made its debut last year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. And today, just a few months after, our spy photographers have proof that Honda is preparing a a Type R version of the new Civic, as the caught a mule of the upcoming car near Honda’s technical center.
The first obvious differences are on the exterior. The mule features a big rear wing fitted over the rear window, bigger exhaust pipes and a deeper front spoiler that might indicate that this is just the first mule for the Civic Type R testing the chassis settings. The production version will also get a deep front spoiler, a new rear bumper with diffuser, wider and bigger wheels and sportier seats.
The next Civic Type R is said to be focused on track orientated customers. This means that Honda will focus on improving the chassis and the car’s handling, while the high-revving engine will probably deliver over 280 PS (276 horsepower).
Updated 09/11/2013: During its press conference at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda offered the first official details on the Civic Type R set to be put on sale in 2015. According to the first details, the future Civic Type R will be powered by a direct-injected, turbocharged 2-liter engine that will deliver "at least 280 PS." While the official launch date is still far away, Honda unveiled a first video featuring the next Type R in action on Nurburgring.
Updated 11/19/2013: Honda has revealed the 2015 Civic Type R testing on the Nurburgring ahead of its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show. You can see the images after the jump.
Update 8/13/2013: New spy shots show the Civic Type R being tested against the Focus RS and other European hatchbacks in the 300-horsepower range. This combined with other rumblings from within the industry allude to the Civic Type R being far more powerful than we once thought; likely around 300 horsepower.
The latest spy shots showed the Civic Type R pretty much uncovered, but with a less aggressive look than we expect to see from the production model.
All we can say about the first look at the Civic Type R without any camo on is "simply amazing!" Those angular headlights. Those big front winglets. Those wide front fenders. The slick side skirts. The red brake calipers. Oh, and don’t forget that massive rear spoiler. They all make up one of the most amazing modded Honda Civic outside of a high school parking lot.
Unlike the ones in a high school parking lot, this one hails from the factory and sports nearly 300 ponies beneath its hood.
Ford is also hard at work on its next-generation Focus RS, and according to the first details we have, it will arrive sometime in 2015. The current Focus RS is powered by a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder, but for the next-generation Ford will replace it with a new turbocharged, 2.3-liter four-cylinder that features direct injection and new balance shafts. This changes will increase the total output to about 320 horsepower, making it a little bit more powerful than the Type R.
Gallery Ford Focus RS
The seventh-generation Golf GTI was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and, as expected, it offers the most interesting updates. It is offered for the first time in two power levels, with the standard version carrying a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and a Performance version with an extra 10 horsepower.
The standard version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 152 mph. The Performance version is a little bit faster, as it sprints to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph.
Gallery Volkswagen Golf VII GTI
Honda has revealed that the hotly anticipated new Civic Type R will be powered by a direct injection turbocharged 2-litre engine and will deliver at least 280 PS. The car has already been put through its paces by Honda’s WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini and a film demonstrating its storming performance and handling on the Nurburgring can be viewed here www.myjourneys.com/typer
Last year Honda confirmed ambitions for the Civic Type R to become the fastest front wheel drive car around the infamous Nurburgring circuit in Germany. The car still faces a further two years of development before going on sale in 2015 however, on-track testing has already begun. Speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show Manabu Nishimae, President, Honda Motor Europe, added; “We have recently spent a week at the Nurburgring, carrying out extensive testing and we are on target, and have already set a time approaching the lap record.”
Honda has also confirmed the Civic Tourer will achieve impressively low CO2 emissions from just 99g/km and an outstanding 74.3mpg when powered by Honda’s 1.6 i-DTEC engine. The British built Civic Tourer builds on the strengths of the hatchback model, offering class leading boot space and practicality and will go on sale in early 2014.
"For me, the strength of the car is the synergy of functionality, versatility, and dynamic design. As a European development team, we’re passionate and proud about what we’ve achieved”, said Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader for Civic Tourer.