Honda Civic Type-R Concept II: hit the +R button for a harder ride

The first turbocharged Type-R model is just around the corner, with Honda revealing the Civic Type-R Concept II ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.


Under the sloping bonnet is a turbocharged 2-litre i-VTEC engine from the Earth Dreams (natch) family. It will pump out 206kW (280PS) to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual; no automatic transmission will be offered.

Painted in an eye-catching shade of blue, the latest concept car preview of the new Civic Type-R marries previously seen features, such as the pumped up fenders, lowered stance and massive rear wing with integrated tail-lights, with items from the Euro Civic hatchback’s facelift, like the revised headlights.

New details about the car have emerged. The Type-R will ride on a new adaptive suspension, which Honda claims delivers both a comfortable ride and high-performance handling as required.

The reborn Civic Type-R will also feature a +R button that makes the steering more responsive, tightens the adaptive suspension, and remaps the engine and throttle response.


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