The Next-Gen Honda Civic Type-R Will Most Likely Be a Hybrid-Powered Performance Beast
Honda has not been doing well in the European market and has made some big plans to boost its sales. By 2025, the Japanese giant will electrify all of its models in Europe. And, this is where the Civic Type-R comes into the picture. Based on the comments made by a senior Honda executive at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the next-gen Honda Civic Type-R will be electrified alongside a drastic change in design direction from the sharp and angular image of recent generations. Will the Civic Type-R’s performance remain the same even then?
Awesome Honda e Prototype Is The Cutest Thing At The 2019 Geneva Motor Show
Revealed in front of a massive black screen, the strikingly white Honda e Prototype was one of the cutest highlights at the this year’s Geneva Motor show. It is still a concept, just like it was two years ago in Geneva, but in this case, the e Prototype is far closer to production. It feels much more real in its efforts to combine modernity of the electric vehicles and emotionally charged retro styling directly linked with early Honda cars. The small electric city dweller with 124 miles of range takes the aim to shoot for the B segment of the European car hierarchy. That will make it a direct competitor to cars such as the Peugeot 208, or the Renault Clio, both of which have been refreshed and unveiled at this year’s show, by the way.
Honda e Prototype is 95 percent production-ready
Honda’s 2017 Urban EV concept has evolved into a fully fledged production car - it’s not exactly the same as the design study, with its two extra doors and more conservative proportions, but it’s still going to be a rather unique proposition: a rear-wheel drive all-electric city car with retro-inspired styling.
Honda Set to Inch Closer to Its Electric Future at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show With the 2020 Honda Urban EV
With a launch set for early March, the Geneva Motor Show is just around the corner, and that means we’re already getting an early look at the huge list of upcoming debuts. One of the first out the gates is Honda with its new Urban EV concept, which looks to offer funky, simplistic styling, cute proportions, and a torquey electric powertrain, all of which will carryover to a full-fledged production model this year.
2017 - 2020 Honda Civic Type R
The interwebz have been bustling over Honda’s all-new 2017 Civic Type R, and for good reason. Not only is the hot hatch better than the previous version, it marks the first time a Honda Type R product will be sold in the United States. The Civic Type R takes advantage of the new, tenth-generation Civic’s chassis, while adding an improved suspension system over the outgoing Type R. Drive modes change the hatchback’s attitude via variable-rate steering, throttle response, and dampers. The familiar 2.0-liter VTEC turbo-four returns almost unchanged, but comes mated to a new six-speed manual gearbox with new rev-matching system. And like before, the Type R sends power to its front wheels only.
The go-fast goodies are matched with an aggressive styling. A huge wing, chin splitter, and air scoops all play into the sporty design. Production kicks off in the summer of 2017 with deliveries starting in the fall. Like all tenth-generation Civics, the Type R hails from Honda’s U.K. manufacturing plant in Swindon, England. Pricing starts in the mid-$30,000 range.
Update 1/10/2020: Honda has brought an updated Civic Type R to the Tokyo Auto Salon, so we’ve updated this review with everything you need to know about it. Check out our special “What’s New” section below.
New Civic Type R Is Honda’s Menacing Answer to the Focus RS
Following countless concept cars, teasers, and rumors, the new Honda Civic Type R finally made its official debut in production from at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Set to go on sale this summer, the new Type R shares the same features as the new Civic hatchback, but brings enhanced everything to the table compared to the previous Type R model. The really big news about the upcoming hot-hatch is that it will be finally offered in the United States.
Design-wise, while still recognizable as a Civic hatch, the Type R is decidedly more aggressive. Up front it has massive air intakes, a big splitter, a vented hood and the traditional red badges, while the profile is enhanced by means of beefed-up side skirts and fenders. Around back, the Type R is downright menacing thanks to its center-mounted, three-pipe exhaust, race-inspired diffuser with red accents, and the large wing atop the tailgate.
Needless to say, it makes the Ford Focus RS look like a regular grocery getter.
Styling aside, the Type R hides a lot of performance-oriented upgrades. For starters, torsional rigidity has been improved by 38 percent compared to the previous models, while the new suspension geometry reduces torque steer and enhances the sporty handling. The smoother underbody and the lightweight rear wing deliver "best-in-class balance between lift and drag" according to Honda. I have no idea how the Japanese measured lift and drag for competing models in order to make such a statement, but I guess this should be visible at the race track and a Nurburgring lap would be nice to begin with.
Under the hood of the new Type R lurks a revised turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 320 PS and 400 Nm. This converts to 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet here in the U.S. That’s only ten horses more than the previous model, but the lighter architecture and the stiffer chassis should bring significant improvements in the performance department. For instance, it should be the first Civic Type R to need less than five seconds to hit 60 mph and run the quarter-mile in less than 14 clicks. Routing all that power to the wheels is a six-speed manual transmission improved with a rev match control system.
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Honda’s Most Highly-Anticipated Model Will Finally Arrive in Production Form In Geneva
The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is expected to host a treasure trove of world debuts, be it of the production or concept variety. That much is known as some of the biggest automakers in the world will be in attendance, ready to showcase its new wares to the entire industry. That list of companies includes Honda, which is bringing with it the production version of a car that we’ve been waiting a long time to see. Fasten your seat belts, everyone, because the production-spec Honda Civic Type R is finally coming.
First debuting as a concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show last September, the wait for the production version has been excruciatingly long. Ever the tease, Honda even mate the auto show rounds bringing the concept version with it with little trace of the production model. But all that’s going to change in Geneva as the Japanese automaker is now prepared to pull the covers off of the production-spec Civic Type R, much to the delight of everyone who has been waiting a long time for this moment to arrive.
Granted, details about the road-ready Civic Type R are still under wraps, but previous reports have suggested that the hot hatch will make use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will produce more than 300 horsepower and with all that power sent to the two front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. That number has yet to be confirmed by Honda, but for the sake of the Civic Type R and all the hype it’s been generating, it better breach the 300-horsepower barrier. That’s especially true if it hopes to compete against some of its expected rivals, including the 350-horsepower Ford Focus RS and the 305-horsepower Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S, the current king of Nürburgring lap times among front-wheel-drive cars.
For what it’s worth, though, the data and the figures can wait for the time being since they’ll be revealed in Geneva anyway. What’s important is that the production version of the Honda Civic Type R now has a timetable for its debut. I know what you’re all thinking because I can’t wait for Geneva, either.
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2016 Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype
It’s been 11 years since a hatchback version of the Honda Civic terrorized the streets of America. The years have definitely piled up and for a while, it appeared that the Civic hatch would be left well out of reach of American customers. But just as it started feeling like the hot hatch would be one of our unicorns, Honda flipped the script an announced that the 10th-generation Civic hatchback will in fact head across the Atlantic. This brings is to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show where Honda finally pulled the covers off of the model. It’s described as a prototype, but we all know that this version is about as close to a production as any version of the new Civic hatchback is going to be.
For now, let’s refer to it by it’s official name: Honda Civic Hatchback Prototype. After all, Honda hasn’t made any concrete statements regarding the future of the car. The new Civic Hatchback Prototype comes with an array of upgrades over its predecessor. These upgrades help the hot hatch exudes a stronger, sharper, and more imposing presence as it prepares to venture in certain markets and regions it hasn’t been into for a little more than a decade now.
As good as the Civic hatchback has been for Honda in the past 11 years, it’s still considered a relative mystery by certain pockets of the American population, a lot of whom probably don’t remember what the last iteration looked and felt like. Well, the mystery is about to be answered as Honda showcases the 10th-generation Civic Hatchback Prototype in Geneva.
Moving forward, Honda expects the new hatchback to be available in Europe by 2017. Models headed to the U.S. should follow suit in a matter months after its European debut.
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With the European version of the latest-generation Civic having been launched in 2011, it sure took Honda long enough to bring out the Type R model. After countless teasers and what seemed like neverending testing sessions in various types of camouflage, the new Civic Type R has been finally launched at the Geneva Motor Show, along with the first official information about the model.
In case you were expecting an outrageous body kit, more than 300 horsepower and more torque than any other previous Type R model in history, your assumptions have been more than met by Honda, making the long wait until the reveal almost worth it. If anyone can truly make a sporting front-wheel-drive model that would be the engineers from Honda, and at least on paper the new Type R looks like an impressive piece of kit.
Updated 07/02/2015: The new Civic Type R went into production at the company’s European car manufacturing facility in Swindon, UK.
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It wasn’t long ago that anything able to get around the Nürburgring in less than eight minutes was considered seriously quick, but now, in the age of sub-seven minute hypercars, eight minutes is the new target time for the ever-more-bonkers hot-hatch segment.
By now you’ve probably seen the 2016 Civic Type R — an unhinged hot-hatch that looks like a refugee from the World Touring Car Championship and puts down a fairly ridiculous 305 turbocharged horsepower through the front wheels alone. It’s chassis was developed on the aforementioned ribbon of German tarmac, where in May of 2014 it posted a scarcely believable time of 7:50.63. Honda was recently nice enough to share this in-car footage of the lap.
The time was fast enough to knock off the previous front-wheel-drive record held by the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R special edition. Coincidentally, the French car’s time of 7:54.36 is also roughly as long as it takes to say its name.
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The Honda Civic Type R is one of those cars that can be painful to talk about. As the last bastion of true Honda Performance, the Type R makes every enthusiast drool and dream. But like so many Japanese rockets, the Civic Type R has never been a U.S. import.
Now with the Geneva Motor Show coming up next month, Honda has seen fit to tease us with more forbidden fruit; the concept model for the new Civic Type R.
All we have currently is this artist’s concept drawing which is far more aggressive and interesting than we ever imagined a Civic could be. The entire car looks like it was designed to be racecar, and then someone stripped off the sponsorship stickers.
Massive tires, extreme aero pieces and a full body kit are all part of the new Type R design.
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During the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Honda has announced a few details on its future plans, and we sure like what we have heard so far. The company has announced that the new generation Civic will also receive a station wagon version and a more powerful Type R derivation. As proof of this statement, they have also unveiled a teaser image of the wagon model.
A first concept version of the next Civic Wagon has been unveiled in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, with the production version to arrive in dealerships in early 2014.
The upcoming Wagon will look pretty much identical to the sedan version, except, of course, for a swooping roofline, bulging wheel arches, a roof-rack, and its capability to accommodate more luggage.
The car will be built on the same platform and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the sedan, but we will also see a new 1.6 i-DTEC engine. A hybrid version could also be a possibility.
UPDATE 03/07/13: Honda has unveiled new images and video for the new Civic Tourer Concept unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Since the NSX will be headed Stateside as an Acura, we got the Acura NSX Concept when the Detroit Auto Show opened its doors. Other markets like Europe and Japan, however, will be given a Honda to serve as their NSX base, so the Geneva Motor Show will find itself with a Honda NSX Concept to preview their production supercar.
The Honda NSX Concept will feature the same design language and the same technology as the Acura NSX Concept. It will be powered by the company’s next generation VTEC 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection engine which is then combined with a dual clutch transmission and a range of new technologies, including the innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system. This system combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system that allows the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Honda hasn’t released any details on the final output of this setup, but rumors say it will go up to about 400 HP, or just enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
The production Honda NSX will be unveiled in the next three years.
UPDATE 03/12/2012: Honda has unveiled a very cool promo video for their NSX Concept which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Enjoy!