Honda Debuts the Civic Type R in Geneva

Posted by at 11:24 am on March 5, 2014

Civic Type RHonda Motor Co. unveiled the highly anticipated 2015 Honda Civic Type R Concept model at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4. The Japanese automaker describes the Civic Type R Concept model as a “racing car for the road” rather than a high-performance version of a road car.

Honda has confirmed that the forthcoming new Type R will be the first model in Europe to feature one of its new VTEC Turbo engines. The 2-liter, direct-injection, 4-cylinder turbo-charged engine is expected to deliver output of at least 280 horsepower and will be compliant with Euro 6 emission regulations, the automaker said.

While turbo engines have not been seen in Honda’s production cars in Europe for some time, Honda has continued to actively develop turbo technology on the racetrack and at other venues.

Honda said its success in returning to the World Touring Car Championship in 2013 was instrumental in helping it gather the knowledge that has shaped the new Type R.

Honda is also using the 2014 Geneva Motor Show to showcase the power-train layout for the next-generation NSX, set to launch in 2015. Honda’s next-generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Concept car is making its European debut at the show as well, with the company confirming for the first time that the production version will go on sale in Europe from early 2016.

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