It’s been 6 months since the reveal of the Honda Civic Type-R Concept and the red-hot Japanese hatchback is starting to look dated and it’s not even released yet!
To show-off the car at the Paris Motor Show this October, Honda has given it a slight update with the Civic Type-R Concept II which gets a fresh new blue paint and contrasting graphics.
The Honda Civic Type-R Concept II is a preview of things to come for the production model which is coming in 2015. The full specifications are still scarce but what is known is that the car will come with a new turbocharged 2.0 i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, a first for a production Honda Type-R cars, that’s reported to produce around 280hp while mated to a conventional six-speed manual. All this would make the car as a top contender in the hot hatch category.
One of the newest features is the ‘+R’ button which allows the driver to set the car to a more aggressive track driving mode which increases the response of the engine and steering and changes the damper setting of the new four-point adaptive damper system.
That’s not saying the car is a tamed animal in normal mode as the Civic Type-R is considered as “an exceptionally agile, an everyday sports car with an enjoyable and fluid acceleration” according to Suehiro Hasshi, Project Leader for the new Honda Civic Type-R.
Honda claims the newest addition to the Type-R family “deliver unmatched performance compared to any previous Type R cars including the Integra, Accord, and even the NSX.” A hatchback going up against an iconic sports car? That’s an incredibly bold claim coming from the Japanese manufacturer. All we know is, this hot hatch can’t get here soon enough.