Honda Reveals 206kW Type R
Hot Civic hatch targets turbocharged rivals.
Honda has pulled the covers off its latest high-performance hatchback at the 2014 Geneva motor show.
The wild-looking Civic Type R features a track-honed bodykit, 20-inch wheels and a turbocharged engine that makes at least 206kW according to the Japanese car maker.
Designed as a racing car for the road, the Civic Type R features pumped guards accommodating wide tyres as well as huge cooling vents and an aggressive rear wing.
An early first drive of the hot Honda revealed the small hatchback had stirring straight-line performance, but the brand refused to reveal other key details surrounding the car.
The Japanese brand previously set out to build the fastest front-wheel-drive car for Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife, targeting the Renault Megane RS 265 as a key rival.
But the goalposts have shifted overnight, with Seat claiming a 7:58.4s lap of the circuit in its new Leon Cupra 280, several seconds faster than the Megane’s previous 8:07.9s record lap.
Honda moved to introduce a turbocharged Civic Type R after cancelling the previous model, which revved hard to make 148kW but could not pass modern emissions laws.
Honda has not yet announced exactly when the car will go on sale. A spokeswoman for the brand told Drive in 2013 that the Civic Type R “is definitely on our wish list”.