2015 Honda Civic Type-R

Honda announced that it would be bringing the 2015 Civic Type-R  at the end of 2014. They confirmed they have to switch to a turbocharged engine in order to catch up to the competition. A 1.6-liter powerplant was expected, but source from Honda said that it is developing a standalone 2.0 direct injection turbo engine, that will produce at least 276 hp, so expect around 300 hp.

2015 Honda Civic Type-R

Nurburgring testings of 2015 Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Europe President Manabu Nishimae, confirmed at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show that they are developing 2015 Honda Civic Type-R to be the fastest front-drive car to lap the Nurburgring circuit. He said Honda’s WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini has also been involved in the development work and that they ‘have already set a time approaching the lap record.’ With Tarquini behind the wheel, it’s a less than subtle clue that Honda is aiming for an eight minute lap time to steal the Renault Megane Trophy’s 8’08” lap record.

2015 Honda Civic Type-R Prototype

2015 Honda Civic Type-R – engine

Prototype of 2015 Honda Civic Type R is said to be seen around Japan with a turbocharged, direct-injected, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and the current CR-Z’s electric motor and battery pack. Reported 221 horsepower mated up to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and the next-gen Civic platform underneath, the rumored CR-Z has all the makings of a hot hatch riot.

2015 Honda Civic Type-R engine

Based on the standard Civic, the chassis will be modified to handle the extra power. Maybe the 2015 Civic Type R will be the fastest front wheel drive car, but there’s also the possibility of a rear-wheel steering system. Honda tried that in the 1987 Honda.

2015 Honda Civic Type-R – Exterior

During it’s testings, car has been spied close to the Honda’s technical center near Nurburgring. On the photos taken on the camouflaged vehicle, few things could be noticed: mule features a big rear wing fitted over the rear window, bigger exhaust pipes and a deeper front spoiler that might indicate that this is just the first mule for the Civic Type-R testing some chassis settings. The production version will also get a deep front spoiler, a new rear bumper with diffuser, wider and bigger wheels and sportier seats.

2015 Honda Civic Type-R-rear view

2015 Honda Civic Type-R Release Date

The 2015 Honda Civic will be focused on orientated customers. This means that Honda will focus on improving the chassis and the car’s handling, while the high-revving engine will probably deliver somewhere around 220-230 horsepower. Previous Type Rs were destined for the U.S. market, but  the upcoming 2015 Honda Civic isn’t, at least not at this point. Honda originally spoke of a 2015 launch date, which means we will most likely see a concept at one of big European motor shows in 2014.

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