Honda Civic Type-R II Concept
Honda gives us a second glance at the future of the Civic Type-R at the 2014 Paris auto show.
The Type-R II concept is powered by a turbocharged version of the automaker’s 2.0-liter iVTEC engine.
The iVTEC engine redlines at about 7,000 RPM, but output is expected to be in the neighborhood of 276 horsepower.
Front wheel drive
The hatchback puts its power to the ground through the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.
Turbocharging isn’t the only new trick that the new Type-R has learned. It also now features an adjustable, adaptive suspension that features four settings for the street and track.
Pressing a new “+R” button on the Civic’s dashboard places the suspension, engine, throttle, and other systems in their most aggressive, track-ready settings.
Honda maintains that the next Type-R will be a race car for the streets and is targeting the Nurburgring’s FWD record to prove it.
Based on the Euro-Spec Honda Civic 5-door, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever see this car in the US. We may, however, see its engine at some point beneath the hood of another Honda or Acura-branded car.
The widebody construction and aerodynamics spread the Type-R’s footprint and hunker the hatchback closer to the ground.
2014 Paris auto show