Honda’s new Civic Type R will be a 300bhp monster

This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a Civic Type R concept, but the latest renderings from Honda are as close to a production preview as you can get.

Under the bonnet will be a 2.0-litre VTEC engine, turbocharged to develop somewhere in the region of 300bhp. All that power will go through the front wheels via a ‘steer axis’ system that promises to minimise torque steer.

There will also be adaptive dampers all round, allowing the car to be changed from ‘so-stiff-your-teeth-will-fall-out’ setting to the track ready ‘ow-ow-ow-please-stop-it-hurts’ option. The R+ button will automatically make the changes when pressed, as well as sharpening up engine response and adding weight to the steering.

A traditional six-speed gearbox will be fitted, with no twin-clutch paddle-shit options available. The new Civic Type R will go on sale early in 2015, and is expected to set new records at the Nurburgring for front-wheel drive cars. You can get an early preview by heading to the Paris Motor Show.

Phil Huff

Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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