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.
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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