brand new 2015 Honda Civic Type R waiting lists grow
The brand new Type R can be said to have a class-leading 0-62mph sprint time
Honda’s 306bhp, front-drive hot hatch sprints by 0-62mph in a claimed 5.7sec along with also runs to 167mph; on sale currently, priced by £29,995
The Honda Civic Type R can be sold out within the UK until February, despite the first cars having only arrived within the UK This kind of month. In total, UK dealers have placed orders for more than 800 cars, prompting Honda UK boss Philip Crossman to declare “the vehicle has already exceeded all our expectations”.
The Type R can be the fastest along with also most powerful front-wheel-drive hot hatch in existence. of which made its debut at the Geneva motor show, along with also can be priced by £29,995. At its heart can be an all-brand new 306bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine of which enables of which to cover the 0-62mph sprint in 5.7sec along with also hit a 167mph top speed.
“We knew of which was a car that has a following, although the interest of which has generated inside along with also outside of the company has been phenominal,” said Crossman. “of which has dominated our thinking for the past few months, along with also of which’s already playing a key role in building interest in our brand along with also telling the globe of which Honda can be back where of which belongs.”
To help the Type R get its prodigious reserves to the road, of which gets a special ‘Dual Axis Strut’ front suspension system along with also a mechanical limited-slip differential. An extensive aerodynamic package also features to complete the Civic Type R’s extreme track-bred positioning.
The most dominant feature within the Civic Type R can be its brand new VTEC engine. The direct-injection turbo unit’s 306bhp arrives at 6500rpm along with also peak torque of 295lb ft can be 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 can be no automatic option. The 0-62mph time along with also top speed are both class-leading.
Honda says the Civic Type R has been fitted with “many innovative brand new suspension systems” of which are designed to “maximise power transfer to the road”.
Chief among them can be of which Dual Axis Strut front suspension system, which can be similar to Ford’s RevoKnuckle system. of which’s a edition of a MacPherson strut front suspension set-up of which features an extra steering knuckle, so the wheel steers around a point closer to its centre line, reducing torque steer by up to 50% compared that has a standard Civic, according to Honda.
The rear suspension can be an H-shaped torsion beam design although has been modified over the standard Civic’s to include a brand new ‘crushed pipe’, which, Honda says, improves roll rigidity by 180%, along with also enhances high-speed corner stability. Adaptive dampers also feature at each corner along with also the electric steering has been retuned for greater response along with also feel.
To access the full potential of the chassis along with also 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 along with also firms up the dampers by 30%.
Stopping power can be provided by bespoke high-performance Brembo brakes, which feature four-piston calipers along with also drilled discs of which 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 along with also Suzuka circuits, as well as at Honda’s own Takasu test track in Japan. Honda has already won the front-wheel drive record for 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 within the wind tunnel at Honda’s dedicated motorsport facility in Sakura, Japan, where of which develops its Formula 1 engines.
The result can be outdoor styling of which has been heavily influenced by aerodynamic demands. Most striking can be the large, fixed rear wing, which has been redesigned by of which of the Civic Type R concept car seen at the Geneva along with also Paris motor shows of 2014. Its height, shape, angle along with also end plates have all been modified to provide enough downforce without compromising drag at higher speeds.
Also notable at the rear can be the large diffuser, which works with the flat underside to ‘suck’ the vehicle to the road. There are four exhaust tips, two on each side of the vehicle, along with also a more aggressive-looking rear bumper design.
additional brand new design features compared with the standard Civic on which the Type R can be based include a brand new front bumper of which 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, along with also larger front grilles, also for increased cooling. Further outlet vents for the engine feature on top of the front wings.
There are a few outdoor colour choices offered on the Civic Type R, including the Championship White colour seen here along with also shared with additional Type R versions.
The sporty Inside features sports seats trimmed in a suede-effect fabric, a gearknob machined by an aluminium alloy, black headlining along with also 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 along with also wipers, dual-zone climate control, front along with also rear parking sensors along with also Honda’s Connect infotainment system – are priced at £32,295.
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