Honda Civic Type R is back

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  1. MrsJrotax101
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    Honda Civic Type R is back

    Hot hatch Honda legend is set to return – and the new Civic Type R will have a turbo engine

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    The next Honda Civic Type R will not only be the fastest version yet – it’s tipped to be Honda’s first-ever turbo road car. And our sources in Japan say tuning expert Mugen is already well underway with development.

    The Type R has already achieved cult status in the UK – Europe’s biggest hot hatch market – thanks to its combination of a high-revving naturally aspirated engine and aggressive styling. But in order to meet emissions regulations, this latest model will tweak the formula slightly.

    Instead of the previous 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, it will use a 2.0-litre turbo designed to comply with Euro V emissions regulations. A similar engine will feature in Honda’s 2012 British Touring Car Championship challenger.

    Adding a turbo will give more torque lower in the rev range, so a higher gear can be used more often to boost efficiency. Stop-start is also likely to be fitted.

    Just as VW hiked power with its latest Golf GTI, so Honda will increase the Type R’s output – but not by much. A figure of 210bhp would allow a 0-62mph time of less than 6.5 seconds and a top speed approaching 150mph.

    Based on the new Civic seen at last month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the Type R gets the standard car’s front grille, slim headlights and LED daytime running lights, although most of the bodywork will be uprated.

    A front end with large mesh air intakes, a lower chin spoiler and chunky side skirts will boost the visual impact, while a rear diffuser and extended spoiler aim to increase stability at high speeds. Also helping the car’s balance in corners is the standard Civic’s longer, wider chassis; this should also improve ride comfort and grip.

    Don’t expect refinement to match a Mercedes S-Class, however. The Type R has always been an extreme proposition and that’s the way it will stay.

    The steering is set to be pin sharp, while the six-speed manual box will use a stubby gearlever for snappy changes. Plus, the suspension will be firm, to cope with track work as well as blasting down B-roads.

    In a break from tradition that matches the turbocharged Ford Focus ST – a key competitor for the Type R – Honda will offer the car as a five-door only. Prices are expected to start from around £23,000 when it arrives in 2013.

     
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    bolded that last line - expected price when it arrives in 2013

    I want to see this before I get too excited.
     
  3. wing

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    UK/Euro only?
     
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    You know it.....we always get screwed. Who is making plans to more overseas? lol

    Kinda disappointed in the 210hp with a turbo. Oh.....if Mugen is involved in the body styling then the wing will go up a few more inches, lol.
     
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    Now this is a good looking car. I do not understand why Honda is incapable of making a vehicle like this available to the U.S. market. At the very least, they should make something like this the SI. Hell, even rebadge it as an Acura for all I care. But srsly, Honda is becoming more and more out of touch with the younger or more stylish-older market. If I want boring, bland, reliable, and economic I will buy a Toyota. Honda used to be about style, reliability, economy and fun. Now they are in a funk that needs to be over.

    HOA (Honda of America) is like a 70 year old driver "Dammit. I got this far. Now I'm just going to take my time...."
     
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    Lol. So the new Type-R will have 9 more hp than the current Si? 230 like the RDX would sound reasonable, but 210? Wtf...
     
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    I just imported Robert from the country that has them :pat:
     
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    so basically adding a turbo, detuning it and its no faster than the current or 8th gen civic si? hardly worth it....
     
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    I'm sure Josh (clevername) will :love: it since it's red :giggle:
     
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    as others have said, I'm sure little tweaking to the tubro would result in better hp #'s.
     
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    I could force myself to drive that.
     
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    I was just thinking about the lack of hatches released in recent generations. It's such a shame since the hatch Civics have always been a hit. I would have loved to have seen a hatch version of the Si here. Damn you Europe/Japan!

    To be honest I'm a little sad that it's turbo'd. Civics are supposed to be NA from the factory in my opinion
     
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    Looks pretty good, but I would love to see it up close. Hopefully the performance is there.
     
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    So, is it true that the "imported" version barely makes any more power than those available in other countries? That would mean that Robert barely makes any more power than what is available here in the good old US of A. lol
     
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    He comes with an improved language and cultural awareness package. He's eco-friendly and can row through gears with both hands. American girls swoon over his European charm and sea-blue eyes. He is a Type-R(obert) and comes in red.
     
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    That's pretty clever
     
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    turbo = potential.. much much much more potential than N/A. Time to monitor my friends' purchases..
     
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    :waiting: only a year of waiting to go :sadbanana: grab a chair
     
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    Good thing you scooped him up before someone else grabbed him. Eco friendly, eh? Sounds more like a British Prius than a Type R hahahaha
     

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