The 2015 Civic Type R signals a new era of Honda performance cars according to the brand and much has been done to separate this hot hatch from its rather pedestrian cousin. Honda has confirmed that the new Type R will be sold in the United States, though it may not happen until 2017. For now, we’ll have to make due with this new info released by Honda UK.
Under the hood lives a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 305 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The red line sits at 7,000 RPM, while Honda’s legendary Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system is also put to work, making the engine as efficient as possible while also keeping a high output of power. Direct injection atomizes the fuel at high pressure (20MPa), allowing the fuel flow to increase by 85 percent and fuel pressure to jump by 45 percent compared to a conventional Honda engine.
All of this adds up to a 0 to 62 mph run in 5.7 seconds, a top speed of 167 mph and a curb weight of 3037 lbs. To get the most from the car, Honda has included a new +R button, which modifies throttle response, the adaptive dampers, torque mapping and the interior info screen to allow the driver to extract maximum performance from the Civic Type R.
A six-speed manual, which uses the same 40mm shift stroke as the 2002 NSX-R, is the only transmission available with the new Type R. It sends power on to a helical limited slip differential, helping to improve turning performance. Without the limited slip, Honda says the car loses three seconds around the Nurburgring. A unique new exhaust is also fitted to this car, helping it to roar thanks to the removal of the front silencer.
Connecting the Type R to the road are new 19-inch alloy wheels, wrapped with 235/35 R19 tires from Continental that were designed specially for this car.
When it comes to style, the new Type R is one of the most aggressive looking Honda’s to ever wear the badge. Five paint options are available: Championship White, Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.
A new GT pack is now available, which brings along signature red highlights, front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights, automatic wipers and adaptive cruise control. The package also comes with the optional Honda Connect infotainment system and a beefed up, 320-watt eight-speaker stereo system.
Safety is also built into the GT pack, which includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a traffic sign reader and speed limiter.
Finally, a number of style packages will be available to modify the car’s looks. You can get the Red exterior pack, the red interior pack, the carbon exterior pack and the carbon interior pack.