We've caught up with project boss Hideki Kakinuma to talk about the firm's new hot hatch.
What has changed over the outgoing Type R?
“There is a new platform and a new suspension system. But, what we’ve paid most attention to is the direct driving feel, so that a driver can feel in control at the wheel.”
Why haven’t you opted for four-wheel drive, like some of your rivals?
“Having four-wheel drive has benefits, such as slightly better driving performance off-road and on snow, but competitors have a different purpose for their vehicles. The Type R has traditional DNA: lightweight construction, pure dynamic performance. With four-wheel drive, the price and weight increase. We didn’t want to go in that direction.”