In anticipation of a full reveal at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Honda has released a few specs and the first official photos and of its 2015 Civic Type R hot hatchback. Featuring extensive aerodynamic enhancements that offer high-speed stability and abundant downforce, the sport compact will reach a top speed of 167 mph, a feat Honda claims is “unrivalled amongst its front wheel-drive competitors.”

With aero development from both computer simulations and the wind tunnel, the new Type R will come with a flat underside, rear diffuser, extended front splitter, deep side skirts, and a large rear spoiler to help keep it planted at speed.

Motive power is derived from 2.0-liter direct injection VTEC TURBO engine. Total output is rumored to be around 300 horsepower.

The new Type R will incorporate high-performance brakes from Brembo, with 13.8-inch rotors and four-piston calipers. New 19-inch alloy wheels are in place to fit the large stoppers.

Keeping the engine cool are enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper, plus vents on the front quarter panels.

Expect a full reveal in March, when the new Type R will break cover dressed in iconic Championship White paint.

2015 Honda Civic Type R

New Civic Type R Can Hit 167 MPH Exterior
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New Civic Type R Can Hit 167 MPH Exterior
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The all-new British built Honda Civic Type R – which will make its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show – will feature a host of eye-catching design enhancements that have been heavily influenced by extensive aerodynamic development and testing, both on computer and in the wind tunnel. The result is a car with exceptional high speed stability and high levels of downforce.

The superior aerodynamic performance helps make the most of the Civic Type R’s 2.0 litre direct injection VTEC TURBO engine, enabling the car to achieve a top speed of 270km/h (167mph)* unrivalled amongst its front wheel-drive competitors.

A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise 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, 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.

Leon Brannan, Head of Car, Honda (UK) said “We’ve already seen huge customer interest for this much anticipated and unique car with over 100 orders already in the bank. With the release of these new technical details I think we can expect many more.”

The Civic Type R will be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in Championship White – a colour shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles.

Honda can be found at stand 4250 in Hall 4 at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (3 - 15 March).

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