Iconic Honda Type R gets a new look and more power

off-my-wheelsBrian Joss –

The all-new Honda Civic Type R – made its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It featured a host of eye-catching design enhancements that have been heavily influenced by extensive aerodynamic development and testing, both on computer and in the wind tunnel. The result is a car with exceptional high speed stability and high levels of downforce.

The superior aerodynamic performance helps make the most of the Civic Type R’s 2.0 litre direct injection Vtec Turbo engine, enabling the car to achieve a top speed of 270km/h.

The all-new Honda Civic Type R. Picture: QuickPic
The all-new Honda Civic Type R. Picture: QuickPic

A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road.  A bespoke rear wing gives the car enhanced visual presence and delivers powerful additional downforce, thanks to the structure of its airfoil section.

A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, cutting drag and enhancing high-speed stability. New 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes, filling the wheel arches and accommodating the larger brakes.


The Civic Type R was unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in Championship White – a colour shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles.

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