honda civic type r concept paris

The road-going Honda Civic Type R is set to make its world debut at the 2015 Geneva show in March. Of course, you saw the stunning concept at Geneva 2014 and Paris 2014, brandishing its two-tier rear wing with integrated tail lamps that look like the Devil’s horns, 20-inch alloys, widened wheel arches and quad tailpipes – we sincerely hope the production version doesn’t lose too many of these.

Expect a new 280 PS 2.0 litre i-VTEC direct-injected turbo engine with a 7,000 rpm limit, a six-speed manual and new four-point adaptive dampers. There should also be a ‘+R mode’ that alters the engine mapping, steering and dampers for track driving.

You can bet your last sen it’s going to be the most hardcore CTR yet – with it, Honda hopes to snatch the Nurburgring front-wheel drive lap time crown from the seven-minute, 54-second Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R. They also say it’ll be better than Type Rs of yore – Integra and Accord included!

Also on the guest list is the production second-gen Honda NSX, which debuted globally in Detroit earlier this month. It will be making its Euro debut in Switzerland, just as the original did a quarter of a century ago.

The tech-laden supercar draws 550 hp from a Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) package – this combines a mid-mounted twin-turbo V6 with three electric motors; one powering the rear wheels and two driving the front wheels. Transmission is handled by a nine-speed twin-clutch gearbox.

Additionally, the production Euro-spec HR-V and Jazz will finally debut ahead of their market launches later this year, with a 1.3 litre petrol engine mentioned with respect to the Jazz. Japan’s Fit has an Earth Dreams 1.3 litre Atkinson-cycle DOHC i-VTEC engine that helps it achieve 26 km per litre on the JC08 cycle.

And there should be more where road cars are concerned, for Honda says “every model in the (European) range will be new or refreshed in 2015.”

The Japanese carmaker will also be bringing the futuristic FCV Concept and the 2015 McLaren-Honda Formula One racer to the show.

Honda Civic Type R Concept

Honda NSX