The 2015 Honda Civic Type R gets 306 hp courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, all put to the pavement via the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. This car won’t be coming to the United States, but Honda says a Type R based on the upcoming 2016 Civic will make it to America.
That the 2015 Honda Civic Type R packs 306 hp is impressive, but precisely how the automaker squeezes that much power out of a 2.0-liter is worth noting: turbocharging. Yes, Honda’s going turbo, and it’s giving the world a first taste of its newfound appreciation for forced induction in the form of this aero-bedecked front wheel-drive hot hatch.
As far as technological debuts go, we can’t think of a better way to do things -- but then, we’re fans of big rear wings and grippy, well-bolstered seats, so we may be biased. Better yet, the Type R is manual-only; a short-throw six-speed is the only option drivers will have when it comes to changing gears.
This Type R is based on the current European Civic five-door. Simply put, we'll never see this car go on sale in the United States. But Honda has promised us a Type R based on the upcoming all-new 2016 Civic, and the Euro-spec hot hatch we sampled at the Slovakiaring outside Bratislava gives us the best indication yet of what the future of Honda performance holds technologically -- and philosophically.
What did we think? We’ll let you know in a full drive review next week, but for now, know that this take on performance is very, very different from the one presented by the Integra Type Rs of yore. There’s some stuff you’re gonna love, and some stuff you’re…going to have to adjust to.
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