Honda Civic Type-R ConceptPhotograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275

The new Honda Civic Type R is coming, featuring a turbocharged engine for the first time. In case we’ve forgotten about it, Honda has decided to put an updated version of the Civic Type R Concept on its Paris Motor Show stand this year, finished in a luminous blue paint.

Honda’s claims for the new Type R are bold – it says the new car offers “unmatched” performance compared to all previous Type R cars – this includes Type R versions of the Civic, Integra, Accord and even the NSX.

Under the hood is a new turbocharged 2.0 litre i-VTEC engine producing over 280 PS with a 7,000 rpm rev limit. It’s not quite what the last engine could do in terms of sheer revs, but the turbo makes up for it in terms of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed manual.

The new Type R will ride on a new four-point adaptive damper system. There will also be a “+R” mode selectable for track driving, which adjusts the engine mapping, steering, and damper system.

Honda intends for the new Type R to break the current record for the fastest front wheel drive lap time at the Nurburgring, currently held by the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R with a 7:54.36 lap time.

The Honda Civic hatch (and its Tourer estate sibling) was recently facelifted for Europe, with a new Sport variant serving to bridge the aesthetic gap between the regular car and the upcoming Type R.

2015 Honda Civic Type R spyshots