Honda’s Civic Type R Concept – a race car for the road

If you’re a fan of all things Honda, then you’re probably already aware of theCivic Type R, the fastest version of popular Civic. Well, today at the Geneva Motor Show, the automaker revealed a sneak peek of its vision for the 2015 model of the car, in the form of the Honda Civic Type R Concept.

 

Honda describes the concept as a “racing car for the road,” as opposed to a high-performance version of a road car. That’s reflected in the fact that much of its design was influenced by track testing of a prototype at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife motorsports complex.

Some of those track-inspired design features include a new shape and angle for the rear spoiler that provides additional downforce; air outlets on the hood and larger front grilles, for better cooling of the engine; wider front and rear fenders, to accommodate 20-inch tires; and, additional air outlets to facilitate better air flow. According to Honda, “When combined, these features deliver maximum cooling, greater grip and ultimately, optimum performance.”

Honda Civic Type R Concept

Although the vehicle on display is technically a concept, it has been confirmed that the production model will feature a 2-liter, direct injection, 4-cylinder VTEC TURBO engine. That powerplant will put out 280 PS (276 HP), and will comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard.

The 2015 Honda Civic Type R is scheduled to debut in Europe next year. Pricing and other details, such as performance figures, have yet to be announced.

Louisville Kentucky Honda Dealer, Bob Montgomery Honda, http://www.bobmontgomeryhonda.com

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