2015 Honda Civic Type R detailed for the Euro market

Civic Type R Pan-European launch

It’s been some time since we heard anything surrounding the 2015 Honda Civic Type R – and it appears the Japanese carmaker is well aware of this. As a result, Honda has decided to release more details regarding its hot hatch prior to it going on sale in Europe this July.

Launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, the Civic Type R has been billed as a “race car for the road”, which may sound like marketing jargon except for the fact that a pre-production mule has lapped the Nurburgring circuit in under eight minutes – 7:50.63, to be precise.

The five-doored hatch will definitely look the part of the road-going racer as well with most, if not all, of its exterior design cues prioritising aerodynamic efficiency over outright aesthetic values. Up front, a large front bumper, replete with a mesh-type layout, helps to draw as much air as possible into the intercooler. Underneath, an almost-flat underbody and a rear diffuser help to generate additional downforce.

Also, the massive rear wing employed has been extensively tested at the Suzuka circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the Takasu test facility, ensuring optimal amounts of downforce is present whilst maintaining a level of drag that does not hinder the car’s performance at high speed. The Civic Type R also boasts widened wheel arches to accommodate the increased track width, both front and rear.

Fashioned out of aluminium, the extensions are touted to shave weight by up to 42% should steel be employed instead. Vents surrounding the aforementioned widened front wheel arches serve as a ventilation outlet to aid cooling purposes – the same function is provided by both the large upper and lower front grilles. Said layout allows for the intake of cool air similar to that of a 4,000 square-mm grille, Honda says.

In profile, 19-inch alloy wheels, shod with specially-developed 235/35 Continental tyres, mask 350 mm front brake discs, themselves clamped down by four-piston front calipers. Lighting the road (or track) ahead gets taken of by the inclusion of LED combination headlamps with the LED DRLs – the latter features the longest lighting element ever produced by Honda. The tail lights feature the same LED combination setup.

Civic Type R Pan-European launch

Powering the 2015 Honda Civic Type R is an all-new 2.0 litre turbocharged VTEC engine with 310 PS at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission with 0-100 km/h taking only 5.7 seconds while top speed is quoted at 269 km/h. A limited slip differential is available as standard.

Inside, the Civic Type R features a driver-oriented cabin, suitably trimmed in a combination of black and red accents. The aggressive front bucket seats feature a black suede-like fabric material and contrasting red stitching while a flat-bottom steering wheel features thinner spokes and a red centre marker for improved drivability. In true Type R fashion, the shifter is made from machined aluminium alloy.

The intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID) system in the instrument cluster feeds additional information to the driver by providing data on current G-forces and brake pressure along with accelerator angle. Additionally, boost pressure, water and oil temperature as well as lap and acceleration times are projected. Also included is a rev indicator above the tachometer and a display for the selected gear.

Last but not least is the introduction of the ‘+R‘ mode. Depressing said button, which lies to the side of the instrument binnacle, sharpens the car’s chassis and powertrain setup. Catered for track excursions, +R mode kills the Idle Stop system, remaps itself to provide more torque lower down, cuts assistance on its electric power steering, stiffens the adaptive dampers by 30% and loosens the Vehicle Stability Assist system.

As standard, the 2015 Honda Civic Type R is equipped with Honda’s Connect infotainment system, automatic air-conditioning and City-Brake Active system – the latter is active up to speeds of 31 km/h. Opting for the GT Pack includes a raft of aesthetic upgrades, driver conveniences and, more importantly, added safety features.

Under Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems umbrella, the list includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Information, High Beam Support System, Cross Traffic Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Limiter.

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Gregory Sze

An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.



  • beauty is in the eye of the beholder. this car is ugly.

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  • cooling fins on the intake pipe is cool. but doubt it makes a difference. then again, im sure honda engineers knows their stuff. then again, how much cooler can the air get by the fins if its moving at such high speeds?

    conflicted between logic and honda engineering

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  • 310 PS but 5.7 sec? Without AWD, this otherwise high potential car is overrated.

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    • bob_b78 on Jun 02, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      You need to understand that this is fwd. Once the car gets moving, there is less traction in the front. Therefore 5.7s for fwd is pretty good.

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      • karam singh on Jun 02, 2015 at 9:51 pm

        Well, this is not drag car… Drag car for pxxsy just pushing the pedal.
        This car a track car, it defeated R35 08 ,M3 CSL ,
        Megane 275 trophy ,Mercedes CLK DTM AMG , Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4, Caterham R500 Superlight,Porsche 911 Turbo (996),Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale f1,Mercedes CLK 63 AMG – Black Series, R8 V8

        its the fastest FWD car in the World…
        Give some respect

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    • karam singh on Jun 02, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      yeah Golf R faster 0-100kmh
      but Golf R/ GTi never seen in nurburgring track beat up 7.50 mark… where oh where
      last seen Volkswagen Golf GTI DSG MK5 8.53
      a minute diff ?

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  • forrest the tree on Jun 02, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Every things is good. Only don’t like the ass.

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  • hazamiey on Jun 02, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Manual. Boo.

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  • HI Honda, pls make it available at RM200,000.00 (GST included).

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  • no comment on exterior..

    interior dashboard looks like a squashed one.

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  • Sam Loo (ori1) on Jun 02, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    As long as its not a kimchi, it will have RV

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  • Handsome

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  • DPCraft on Jun 02, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Best looking car from Honda & my dream car

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  • low RV as no ATd on Jun 03, 2015 at 9:23 am

    No Auto? Click Dislike and top right “X” to close it…low RV for manual car in Msia as most Msian don’t know how to drive a manual

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    • rally_fan (Member) on Jun 03, 2015 at 10:12 am

      its a very niche high performance car.. “most” Msian would most likely never buy a car like this.

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    • MitchelJohn on Jun 03, 2015 at 10:42 am

      It’s not meant to be driven by lazy ass AT drivers like you

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  • Janji najix tak ditunaikan,penipu Rakyat! on Jun 03, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Sexiest Honda Type R ever build! Well done. Sexiest as Rosmaxh butt

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  • the rear side is totally ugly… i cannot think any other car that is uglier than this one… will stick with my vios turbo

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  • honda-fan on Jun 03, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I’m confused why all people keep saying the production Civic type R is the fastest FWD car in the Nurburgring since the run they had at 7 minit 50 secs is a pre-production, heavily modded track type R with roll-cage.. if you see the videos which Seat Leon Cupra R & Megane 265 Trophy was setting the lap time, no roll cage whatsoever.. I would love to see how the actual production car performs…

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  • hondafan on Jun 03, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Fyi, the 7:50 laptime set by the new civic type R on Nurburgring is pre-production.. By the looks of it, it is heavily modded, most obvious is the roll cage.. If u see the laptime video by Lean Cupra R & Megane RS265 they don’t have roll cage.. Just my two cents..

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