Honda gave us a taste of the Civic Type R Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Not content on dropping just one concept, the Japanese automaker is following that up with the unveiling of the Civic Type R Concept II at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on October 2.

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of changes to the exterior of the second concept other than the colors changing and the addition of body graphics. Otherwise, the two concepts look relatively similar.

But there are plenty of changes to talk about. New technology in the Civic Type R Concept II is the real highlight of this new concept, none more than the newly developed "+R" system that instantaneously turns the Civic Type R Concept II into a veritable pocket rocket at the push of the "+R" button.

Honda is scheduled to unveil the Civic Type R Concept II on October 2, 2014 at the Paris Motor Show.

Updating 10/03/2014: While we were all waiting for the production version to finally arrive, Honda decided to tease us one more time with a new concept version for its future Civic Type R. Check the pictured from the unveiling in the "Photos" tab to see what the new concept version brings new.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Type R Concept II.

  • 2014 Honda Civic Type R Concept II
  • Year:
    2014
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    276
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    52000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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The large rear diffuser and the bazooka-like quad-exit exhaust system drive the aggression to new levels.

From the looks of things, the Civic Type R Concept II looks pretty close to its predecessor, the Type R Concept that made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. For starters, the front section retains its scowling look, highlighted by the angular LED headlights, the hyper-aggressive lower spoiler, and integrated air intakes.

The rear section of the concept also has a particular highlight, specifically the the massive wing and the taillights that have been integrated into the sides of the spoiler. The large rear diffuser and the bazooka-like quad-exit exhaust system drive the aggression to new levels.

If there’s a big difference between the two concepts, it’s the presentation. Whereas Honda gave the first concept a polished-red exterior, the Civic Type R Concept II has a flashier blue paint finish with a thick, dark-blue racing stripe running along the length of the hood and some matching graphics on both sides of the concept.

Interior

Honda’s keeping the interior of the Civic Type R Concept II a bit of a secret, which is a little surprising considering that’s usually one of the first details that come out. That being said, we do expect it to be fitted with a lot of race goodies, including bucket seats, a flat-bottom sports steering wheel, and safety harnesses.

It’s also possible that Honda gave the concept’s cabin plenty of luxurious trim options. Perhaps a generous dose of leather? Maybe even Alcantara?

The good news is that we don’t have to wait too long to see the cabin.

Drivetrain

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A particularly new feature of the Civic Type R Concept II is the "+R" button that you can find just to the side of the steering wheel.

The Honda Civic Type R Concept II is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 276 horsepower. There’s no mention of torque numbers but our best guess would be somewhere along the lines of 240 pound-feet.

With those figures, the Civic Type R Concept II should be able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 5.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 160 mph.

A new feature for the Civic Type R Concept II is the "+R" button that you can find just to the side of the steering wheel. It doesn’t quite give the car any superpowers, but a press of that button dramatically changes the engine configuration to a more dynamic and performance-focused setting, bringing out a side of the Honda Civic you never thought it had.

Heed that warning, because the Civic Type R Concept II is more powerful than any previous Type R iteration Honda has ever built. Combine that with the enormous possibilities of the "+R" button and you’re looking at a deliriously powerful machine.

Drivetrain/Specifications

Engine Type Turbocharged, 2.0-Liter, Four-Cylinder
Output (HP @ RPM 276 @ TBA
Output (LB-FT @ RPM TBA

Prices

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The Civic Type R Concept II isn’t going to go on sale, but Honda is planning a production version in time to hit UK dealerships next year. It’s hard to say how much the production cars are going to cost, but we’re expecting it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of £32,000 ($51,947 as of 9/29/2014).

Competition

Ford Focus RS

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The Ford Focus RS was first introduced in late 2008, ushering the dawn of Ford’s high-performance hatchback era that’s still going strong to this day. Over the years, the Focus RS has evolved into a bonafide brain buster.

It comes powered by a 2.5-liter, Duratec, five-cylinder engine that produces close to 300 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, allowing the car to hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 164 mph.

It’s got the edge over the Civic Type R, but it remains to be seen how both cars would fare when they line up side-by-side.

A next-generation Ford Focus is being prepared, although that model isn’t expected to arrive for at least a few more years.

Volkswagen Golf R

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The Volkswagen Golf R is another hot hatch that’s coming into a new generation. The Golf R received a bevy of updates, including a new bumper design with large air inlets, a modified grille with an "R" badge, newly developed LED daytime running lights integrated into the bi-xenon headlight housings, and a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The Golf R also receives an updated 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 290 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to propel the German hot hatch from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds to go with a top speed of 160 mph.

Conclusion

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A lot of people have waited a long time for the Civic Type R Concept. At least now we can all look forward to the production version hitting dealerships next year. It’s still unclear whether Honda’s planning to build a U.S.-spec version of the Civic Type R, although it doesn’t bode well for our chances when Honda said that the concept was "developed and engineered for European drivers."

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Press Release

With the automotive world about to descend on the Paris Motor Show 2014, Honda has released further details of the eagerly anticipated new Civic Type R.

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The all-new hot hatch – due in UK showrooms next year – will be the most extreme and high-performing Type R in the 22 year history of the red ‘H’ badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the brand.

Power will come from a 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine from Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series. Producing more than 280 PS, it will deliver unmatched performance against any previous Type R, including all generations of the Civic, the iconic performance-oriented versions of the Integra, Accord and even the NSX.

While complying with strict Euro 6 emissions regulations, this is a Honda Type R powerplant like no other. With its predecessors naturally aspirated, the new unit benefits from a turbocharger, boosting low-end power delivery. Combined with the high-end performance synonymous with Honda’s VTEC technology – and much-loved by fanatical Type R owners – the new model promises to deliver a sensational driving experience.

Suehiro Hasshi, Large Project Leader for the Civic Type R at Honda R&D, comments: “Honda has had four Type R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Honda Civic Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response.”

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Hasshi-san emphasised the car’s appeal will be far greater than just the new high-performance engine under the bonnet. A number of engineering innovations and enhancements will make the new Type R a true driver’s car, more than worthy of wearing the famous red ‘H’ badge.

The new Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button, for example. Located to the side of the steering wheel, a press activates ‘+R‘ mode for the most exhilarating driving experience. Engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering becomes more responsive which, together with the new four-point Adaptive Damper System, delivers the ultimate handling experience.

Hasshi explained: “In default standard mode, the Civic Type R is exceptionally agile, an everyday sports car with an enjoyable and fluid acceleration. The ‘+R’ button brings out a more dynamic and athletic car for the driver, sure to set pulses racing. The difference in character is immense. The ‘+R’ mode is extreme; the car is ideal for the track and will be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.”

Another example of Honda’s innovative approach is the car’s ‘steer axis’. In order to deliver the power of the turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine, the new Type R’s front suspension system includes this additional mechanical system involving two supporting ‘kingpins’. These work to minimise torque steer, allowing the driver to fully exploit the Type R‘s exceptional driveability.

Furthermore, a new four-point Adaptive Damper System has been developed specifically for the new Type R, which automatically adjusts front and rear suspension damping force stiffness in a split second, to suit driving conditions. This allows the new Type R to provide a comfortable ride during cruising, yet become firm and agile for high-performance handling.

The new Type R will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors with a six-speed manual transmission, which the development team selected in order to maximise driving enjoyment.

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Hasshi explains: “The manual transmission allows the driver to select their chosen gear, for example, down from fifth to third when approaching a corner. The concept of the new Civic Type R is to be the complete driver’s car so this was the best option.”

The all-new Civic Type R has been developed and engineeredfor European drivers. The car will be built at Honda’s state-of-the-art plant in Swindon, UK, arriving in dealerships during 2015.

To see the latest Honda Civic Type R Concept please visit the Honda Stand in Hall 3, at the Paris Motor Show 2014. Honda’s press conference takes place on the stand at 16.45 CET on Thursday 2 October.

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