The new Honda Civic Type R has again been spotted undergoing tests at the Nurburgring, which is pegged to play a key role in the development of Honda’s new hot hatch.

Honda has already confirmed the Type R for production in 2015, and bosses have set it the target of taking the lap record at the Nürburgring for a front-wheel-drive production car. The record is currently 7min 54.3sec, which is held by the Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R.

Our spy photographer had previously caught the new Civic Type R in a convoy near the Nürburgring with a current Vauxhall Astra VXR and a previous-generation Ford Focus RS, suggesting these are the cars Honda is benchmarking its new hot hatch against.

New Honda Civic Type R concept unveiled

Company officials revealed to Autocar at the Geneva motor show that the new Civic Type R would get as much as 300bhp from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine. Know-how gleaned from the Honda Civic that competes in the World Touring Car Championship, with a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, will influence the new Civic Type R road car.

The spy images also reveal a series of changes for the Civic Type R over the humble five-door Civic hatchback on which it’s based. These include a lowered chassis, larger alloys with low-profile tyres, beefed-up brakes, quad exhausts, a bodykit, and a large fixed rear wing.

The new Civic Type R is being designed and developed in Europe, with Honda’s Swindon technical base playing a key role in this.

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