brand new 2015 Honda Civic Type R to be exported to Japan through Britain
The brand new Type R will arrive in Japanese showrooms through autumn This kind of year
Honda’s 306bhp hot hatch sprints through 0-62mph in a claimed 5.7sec in addition to will be exported to Japan; on sale inside UK today, priced through £29,995
The brand new Honda Civic Type R will be exported to Japan through the UK, arriving in showrooms there through autumn This kind of year.
Takahiro Hachigo announced the news, which follows a brand new £0 million investment inside Swindon plant, in his first speech as Honda Motor Company CEO.
The first Type R rolled off the production line inside UK last week. The plant, that has a 3000-strong workforce, is actually the global production hub for the brand new Civic a few-door hatchback.
Philip Ross, senior vice president for Honda Motor Europe, said: “Customers are definitely excited about This kind of car in addition to we’re developing a significant order bank here in Europe.
“Exporting the automobile to Japan will only serve to boost demand further, which is actually great news.”
The Honda Civic Type R is actually sold out inside UK until February. In total, UK dealers have placed orders for more than 800 cars, prompting Honda UK boss Philip Crossman to declare that will “the automobile has already exceeded all our expectations”.
The Type R is actually the fastest in addition to most powerful front-wheel-drive hot hatch in existence. This kind of made its debut at the Geneva motor show in addition to is actually priced through £29,995. At its heart is actually an all-brand new 306bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that will enables This kind of to cover the 0-62mph sprint in 5.7sec in addition to hit a 167mph top speed.
“We knew This kind of was a car that has a following, yet the interest This kind of has generated inside in addition to outside of the company has been phenomenal,” said Crossman. “This kind of has dominated our thinking for the past few months, in addition to This kind of’s already playing a key role in building interest in our brand in addition to telling the earth that will Honda is actually back where This kind of belongs.”
The Type R features a special ‘Dual Axis Strut’ front suspension system in addition to a mechanical limited-slip differential. An extensive aerodynamic package completes the Civic Type R’s extreme track-bred positioning.
The most dominant feature inside Civic Type R is actually its brand new VTEC engine. The direct-injection turbocharged unit’s 306bhp arrives at 6500rpm in addition to peak torque of 295lb ft is actually at 2500rpm. The engine hits the redline at 7000rpm.
The 2.0-litre engine drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. There is actually no automatic option. The 0-62mph time in addition to top speed are both class-leading.
Honda says the Civic Type R has been fitted with “quite a few innovative brand new suspension systems” that will are designed to “maximise power transfer to the road”.
Chief among them is actually that will Dual Axis Strut front suspension system, which is actually similar to Ford’s RevoKnuckle system. This kind of’s a edition of a MacPherson strut front suspension set-up that will features yet another steering knuckle, so the wheel steers around a point closer to its centre line, in turn reducing torque steer by up to 50% compared that has a standard Civic, according to Honda.
The rear suspension is actually an H-shaped torsion beam design, yet This kind of has been modified over the standard Civic’s to include a brand new ‘crushed pipe’, which, Honda says, improves roll rigidity by 180% in addition to enhances high-speed corner stability. Adaptive dampers also feature at each corner in addition to the electric steering has been retuned for greater response in addition to feel.
To access the full potential of the chassis in addition to powertrain, Honda has equipped the Civic Type R that has a ‘+R’ driving mode. This kind of increases engine response, provides more aggressive torque mapping, reduces the assistance on the steering in addition to firms up the dampers by 30%.
Stopping power is actually provided by bespoke high-performance Brembo brakes, which feature four-piston calipers in addition to drilled discs that will measure 350mm in diameter at the front. The brakes sit behind 19in wheels shod with 235/35 tyres made of a bespoke compound.
Chassis tuning for the Civic Type R has taken place at the Nürburgring in addition to Suzuka circuits, as well as at Honda’s own Takasu test track in Japan. Honda has already set a brand new lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars at the Nürburgring, eclipsing the Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R’s 7min 54sec lap time by four seconds.
Extensive aerodynamic work has taken place inside wind tunnel at Honda’s dedicated motorsport facility in Sakura, Japan, where This kind of develops its Formula 1 engines.
The result is actually external styling that will has been heavily influenced by aerodynamic demands. Most striking is actually the large fixed rear wing, which has been redesigned through that will of the Civic Type R concept car seen at the Geneva in addition to Paris motor shows of 2014. Its height, shape, angle in addition to end plates have all been modified to provide enough downforce without compromising drag at higher speeds.
Also notable at the rear is actually the large diffuser, which works with the flat underside to ‘suck’ the automobile to the road. There are four exhaust tips, two on each side of the automobile, in addition to a more aggressive-looking rear bumper design.
additional brand new design features compared with the standard Civic on which the Type R is actually based include a brand new front bumper that will has been shaped to reduce turbulence around the front wheels, a wide front splitter, flared wheel arches, which at the front allow air in as extra cooling for the engine, in addition to larger front grilles, also for increased cooling. Further outlet vents for the engine feature on top of the front wings.
There are a few external colour choices offered on the Civic Type R, including the Championship White colour seen here in addition to shared with additional Type R versions.
The sporty Inner surface features sports seats trimmed in a suede-effect fabric, a gearknob machined through an aluminium alloy, black headlining in addition to black trim with red double stitching.
Though entry-level versions will be priced at £29,995, higher-specification GT versions – which get a suite of safety technology as well as automatic lights in addition to wipers, dual-zone climate control, front in addition to rear parking sensors in addition to Honda’s Connect infotainment system – are priced at £32,295.
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