Honda Civic Type R concept

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

GENEVA -- When we last saw the Honda Civic Type R, it was but a concept with crazy styling and Nurburgring aspirations.

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This week, at the Geneva auto show, Honda's dreams become a reality with the unveiling of the production-ready Honda Civic Type-R.

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The production car retains much of the wild styling of the concept.

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North American drivers are used to seeing Civic sedans and coupes, but the Honda is sold as a hatchback in the European market.

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The new Type R will feature a four-point Adaptive Damper System that continuously and independently controls each corner of the vehicle, adjusting to road conditions and driver intent.

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Inside the enlarged wheel and tire package, the Type R boasts beefy four-piston Brembo brakes.

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The front fenders are flared, giving the front-driver Civic a muscular appearance and making room for wider rubber. That fender vent is also functional, pulling hot air from the engine bay.

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Behind the Type R badge, you'll find a new 2.0-liter VTEC turbo engine.

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Honda states about 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque for the hot hatch and a zero-to-62-mph time of 5.7 seconds.

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This marks the first time that the Type R has been produced with a turbocharged engine.

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To help keep the Civic stable as it approaches its top speed of 167 mph, the Type R has been fitted with aerodynamic upgrades.

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The underbody of the R is nearly perfectly flat, which helps to create downforce at speed when combined with the rear diffuser.

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A complex rear spoiler sits atop the short rear deck.

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The tall rear wing isn't just for show. Honda tells us that the two-part aero bit actually creates downforce and aids in road-holding while cornering.

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Honda designed the spoiler to not add significant drag, so -- while likely significant -- there's probably not a massive amount of downforce.

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A large quad-tipped, dual exhaust exits through the rear diffuser.

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Being a hatchback, the Type R retains the standard model's spacious storage area.

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Designed for racing, the Type R also features deeply bolstered racing seats.

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This example has been equipped with the optional GT Pack, which adds a few creature comforts to the hardcore hatch.

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Among those comforts is a CD player (the standard Type R doesn't have one of those), as well as an infotainment system with navigation, driver-aid tech (such as parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring), and a premium audio system.

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The tri-gauge instrument cluster is flanked by a pair of large buttons.

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The Engine Start button, well, starts the engine at the beginning of a trip and stops it before the driver exits the vehicle.

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The +R button activates a track mode. This sets the engine at its most responsive, firms the suspension by about 30 percent, and reduces the assist on the electromechanical power steering for better feedback.

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Digital readouts atop the dashboard give the driver (or more likely, the passenger) a view of what forces the vehicle is experiencing.

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The Type R comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

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Just ahead of the shifter is a serialized plate that marks the vehicle as a Type R.

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Honda claims that the new Type R will be the fastest front-drive hot hatch ever.

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The automaker backed up its claim by taking the new Type R to the famous Nurburgring Nordschleife, where it set a new lap record of 7 minutes, 50.63 seconds.

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The hottest hatchback in the world will remain one of the most unattainable for US drivers, as Honda has no plans to sell the new Type R in the States...ever. Sigh.

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