2016 Honda Civic Type R


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 03/04/2015: Honda unveiled the all-new Civic Type R at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Check out the “Pictures” tab to see the model on the auto show floor.


Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Unfortunately, not all the flamboyant details sported by the Civic Type R concept were kept on the production version, with the “devil’s horns” taillights integrated into that massive rear wing missing from the model brought at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Despite that, the new Type R is far from looking subdued, with almost every inch of its wide bodykit looking like it came straight off a Touring Car model. The front end is dominated by two enlarged upper and lower grilles, while the bumper is adorned with two functional intakes that send fresh air toward the engine bay and front brakes. The wide front splitter attached to the bumper helps to reduce lift at high speeds, while also redirecting some of the air toward the almost completely flat underside and rear diffuser thus creating a venturi effect that sucks the car onto the road.

The side view is also motorsport-related in terms of design, with functional outlet vents being visible on both the front quarter panel above the wheels and behind them, near the door. Enlarged wheel arches that house 19-inch wheels in 235/35 R190 tires specifically designed for the Type R are also present, along with a set of aerodynamically-enhanced side skirts. The rear end is where most of the magic happens in terms of styling, even though the rear wing looks a bit less scary than on the Civic Type R Concept from 2013. Thankfully, the four-pipe exhaust system is present in production form, as is the functional aerodynamic diffuser.

Exterior Dimensions

GalleryHonda Civic Type R


Honda Civic Type R

Compared with the exterior, the Civic Type R’s cabin is a bit less extravagant, but you will never confuse it with an average Civic econobox in terms of sporty details. A gear lever made from machined aluminum alloy is present, like on almost every previous Type R model, while the front seats are deeply sculpted to provide ample lateral support during hard cornering.

Trimmed in black and red fabric with a swede effect and red double stitching, the seats are accompanied by a leather-engulfed sports steering wheel that is also adorned with red double-stitching and red leather inserts, including a 12 o’clock mark. The red accents are found in almost every area of the cockpit, including the dashboard, the instrument cluster and an “+R” go-fast button.

GalleryHonda Civic Type R


Red-lining at a rather high 7,000 rpm, the new turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder looks like a pretty capable powerplant. Sporting a fast-spooling turbocharger, direct injection and VTEC valve technology that further boosts low-end torque, the new Type R engine delivers 306 horsepower (310 PS) and 295 pound-feet of torque, more than any previous Type R production model. Paired in standard with a short-shifting six-speed manuaal transmission that channels the power to the front wheels, the new Civic Type R can hit 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds, while its top speed stands at a segment-leading 167 mph.

A so-called Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension can apparently reduce torque steer by 50 percent compared with a standard Civic suspension set up, while a new four-point addaptive damping system increases the basic damping force by up to 30 percent when the +R mode is activated by the driver. Oddly, Honda hasn’t specified anything about a limited-slip differential, so it may be safe to assume that the carmaker has turned to a brake-actuated understeer control and torque vectoring, which could be bad news for track fanatics.

Drivetrain Specifications

Suspension and Brakes

Honda Civic Type R

Honda didn’t dive too far into the Type R’s suspension system yet, but it did mention that it worked hard to produce as much downforce as possible. It installed an aggressive rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and front splitter. Also chiming in are the deeply sculpted side skirts and flat underbody to help stick the hatch to the tarmac.

Bringing this 306-horsepower hot hatch to a stop are four-piston Brembo front calipers clamping down on 13.8-inch drilled rotors. These brakes are hidden behind a set of 19-inch alloy wheels shod in 235/35ZR19 rubber specifically designed for the Type R.


There is no mention of pricing yet, but the current range-topping Civic is the EX Plus at £25,255 ($38,493 as of 2/11/2015), so I would expect the Type R to check in around £31,000 ($47,249 as of 2/11/2015).


Ford Focus RS

Ford Focus RS

Ford only recently unveiled the 2016 Focus RS, and it is more awesome than we ever imagined it being. It will roll into showrooms boasting a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that produces at least 315 horsepower. Most estimates are putting the 2.3-liter engine at closer to the 350-horsepower mark.

The engine will mate to a six-speed manual transmission that delivers the power to all four wheels. That’s right, this bad-boy has all all-wheel drive. What’s more, this advanced all-wheel-drive system can deliver up to 70 percent of the power to the rear axle and 100 percent of that power to one wheel or the other. Pricing is still unknown, but most reports have the Focus RS checking it at around £30,000 in the UK and around $35k in the U.S.

Gallery Ford Focus RS

Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R

The VW Golf R is yet another hot hatch that the Type R will need to battle in both the UK and the U.S. (if it shows up here). The peppy VW checks in at $36,595 here in the U.S., putting it about in line with where I’d expect the Type R to fall if it does cross the pond. In the UK, the Golf R checks in at £30,150 ($45,903 as of 2/11/215).

Under its hood lies a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that lays down 292 horses and 280 pound-feet of twist. This power routes through either a six-speed manual transmission or a DSG dual-clutch unit. With the added grip of standard 4MOTION all-wheel-drive, the Golf R can get to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds with the manual or 4.9 seconds with the DSG transmission. The Type R obviously can’t touch those acceleration numbers, plus the Golf R just screams “sleeper,” not boy racer.

Gallery Volkswagen Golf VII GTI


A new Civic Type R is always a glorious thing, and one packing a 306-horsepower Earth Dreams powerplant is even better. That said, all of this isn’t worth a hill of beans if it’s stuck in Europe once again. I understand it is expensive to import that Civic hatch to the U.S., but there are plenty of buyers here who are champing at the bit to get their hands on one and will pay whatever to do so. Besides, with the Focus RS now coming to the States, Ford is daring Honda to make the jump. Only time will tell if Honda will take the bait.


  • 167 mph top speed in a compact hatchback = insanity!
  • Nothing like a 306-horsepower four-cylinder
  • Looks like it’s ready to hit the track


  • Only available in front-wheel drive
  • Slower than AWD rivals to 60 mph
  • Still nothing on its U.S. availability

Update History

Updated 02/27/2015: Shmee150 was one of the luckiest man: he managed to scope the rear of the next Civic Type R. Even if only part of the car is revealed, we have big hopes that next week we will be completely impressed.

Updated 02/23/2015: Honda teased the upcoming Civic Type R one more time in a very motivating commercial. This means of course that the official debut is getting closer.

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

Updated 06/25/2014: Honda unveiled a very wild teaser video for the future Civic Type R. Of course the video reveals pretty much nothing on the car, but it surely make us dreaming about the next Type R.

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.

Spy Shots

January 14, 2015 – Honda Civic Type R testing on the snow

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

September 30, 2014 – Honda Civic Type R Testing Near Nurburgring

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

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.

Press Release

After a five year wait, 2015 sees the arrival of the world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R. Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new Civic Type R will set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment.

Honda Civic Type R

The production version of Honda’s latest hot hatch icon is revealed for the first time at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (5 to 15 March; Stand 4250, Hall 4), and more images of the car can be viewed at: www.hondanews.eu/gb

Type R vehicles have garnered a cult following around the world and the new model more than lives up to the high expectations. A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector.

The new 2015 Civic Type R will be powered by the most extreme and high-performing engine in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge, signalling the start of a new performance era for the Honda brand.

All-new turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine

At the heart of the Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS* at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm* at 2,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model.

Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration.

The Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds* – making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback – and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph)*.

Honda Civic Type R

The new engine is mated to a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission, safeguarding an intimate, rewarding connection with the drivetrain, and power is directed through the front wheels.

Function dictates form

The styling changes that are unique to the Civic Type R give the car an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The sleek and aerodynamically-efficient design reflects a car developed to perform at speed. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured high-speed stability and high levels of downforce.

To achieve this aim, the Civic Type R was subject to exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development. The development team tirelessly pursued its objectives through computer-based CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing at Honda’s dedicated automotive motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan; home of Honda’s Formula One engine development.

This development work was validated through extensive prototype testing both on the road and on track, including at the Suzuka Formula One circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the company’s Takasu test facility.

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.

The rear wing has been reimagined from the Type R Concept. The structure of the airfoil – its angle, height and shape as well as its vertical end plates – have been carefully engineered to optimise downforce without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. This helps improve road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners.

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, enhancing high-speed stability and reducing lift forces.

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 allow greater volume of cooling air into the engine bay. The airflow is channelled to outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the widened front wheel arches to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine.

New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes. They fill the enlarged wheel arches with 235/35R19 tyres that were developed specially for the Type R.

Honda Civic Type R

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.

The Type R is available in five distinctive colours that give the purposeful new styling added visual impact. As well as Championship White – shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.

A cabin with a sporting ambience

A range of aesthetic and functional upgrades within the cabin reinforce the Type R’s sporting character. As with previous Type R models, the gear lever knob is made from machined aluminium alloy. High-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching, provide driver and front-seat passenger with ample lateral support during harder cornering.

Matching red double stitching also appears on the black leather-clad steering wheel and black gear-lever gaiter. The roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric, augmenting the focused ambience.

New suspension technologies for a rewarding, more agile drive

A number of innovative new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, have been introduced to produce rewarding handling characteristics and to maximise power transfer to the road.

A new four-point Adaptive Damper System, developed specifically for the Type R, enables continuous independent control of each wheel to deliver exceptional road holding performance, limit wheel-load transfer during sharp acceleration and deceleration, and to maintain a stable, flat ride. It also means that the ride is more comfortable and supple in everyday driving and cruising.

Honda Civic Type R

An advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system helps to reduce torque steer by 50 per cent compared to the standard Civic’s suspension set up, enhancing high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. At the rear, Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam suspension is constructed with a bespoke ‘crushed pipe’ which improves rear roll rigidity by 180 per cent, further enhancing stability in high-speed corners.

These systems are complemented by Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering, which helps to deliver rapid yet linear steering response and abundant feel.

New ‘+R’ mode increases responses for enhanced driving thrills

The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ button that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems. The result is an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track and sure to be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.

When +R mode is activated, engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. Steering receives reduced power assistance and is therefore more responsive to driver inputs, and basic damping force from the new four-point Adaptive Damper System is increased by 30 per cent. This means the behaviour of the car is firmer and more agile for high-performance handling.

All-new GT Pack offers further enhancements

Customers will have the option to specify their new Civic Type R with an all-new GT Pack.

Externally, the GT Pack adds signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters for even greater eye-catching impact, but it’s under the skin where the GT Pack’s most significant upgrades will be found.

The driver will benefit from extra convenience features such as front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers and electric fold door mirrors. Integrated Garmin satellite navigation (including four years of free map updates) is added to the Honda Connect infotainment system. Audiophiles will be attracted by the addition of a CD player and a premium eight-speaker, 320 watt stereo system upgrade.

All occupants will appreciate automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning, and sophistication in the cabin is also boosted by red ambient lighting.

The GT Pack also includes Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This comprehensive suite of sensor-based safety technologies includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition system, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor.

Honda’s City-Brake Active system will be fitted as standard on the Civic Type R.

Honda Civic Type R

The all-new Honda Civic Type R will go on sale across Europe from this summer. Full vehicle specifications will be announced in due course.

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