The last time North American consumers were able to purchase one of the Honda brand’s Type R models, was in the late Nineties and it was in the form of the Acura Integra Type R, which despite its limited numbers, became one of the most stolen vehicles of all time in many cities.
Following the tease of a Civic Type R concept at last year’s Geneva show, Honda showed the production version this week at the Swiss show. Adorned with enough boy racer aero bits to gain it cast status in a Fast & Furious flick, the Civic Type R apparently backs up its visual punch with something more mechanical. Residing under the hood is a 2.0-liter VTEC turbo four that is said to churn out a whopping 306 ponies and 295 pound-feet of torque. That grunt makes its way to the front wheels only, via a six speed manual gearbox.
In May, 2014, Honda sent a hired gun out in a pre-production mule on the famed Nurburgring, where the coupe’s 270+ lm/h top speed helped it bash out a lap time of just 7:50.63. The car was said to be in stock tune, but had been relieved of some standard equipment like the passenger seat, to make way for the added weight of a roll cage. Smart folks those Honda people.
The existing FWD record of 7:54 was held by a Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R.
While the new car is due in showrooms later this year, it sounds like it will not be available in North American showrooms. What a pity.