Έπειτα από 5 χρόνια αναμονής, η Honda παρουσίασε το Civic Type-R στην έκθεση της Γενεύης. Το “αγωνιστικό δρόμου” όπως αναφέρεται από την Ιαπωνική εταιρία, κινείται από τον πιο ακραίο Type R κινητήρα στην ιστορία της Honda και θέτει νέα standards στην κατηγορία των μπροστοκίνητων hatchbacks επιδόσεων.
Ο δίλιτρος, υπερτροφοδοτούμενος VTEC TURBO κινητήρας με άμεσο ψεκασμό καυσίμου, αποδίδει 310 άλογα στις 6.500 σ.α.λ. και 400 Nm στις 2.500 με τον κόφτη να είναι στις 7.000 σ.α.λ. Να σημειώσουμε ότι το turbo είναι mono-scroll με ηλεκτρονική wastegate, τα πιστόνια είναι κατασκευασμένα από χυτό αλουμίνιο, τα rocker arms του VTEC επίσης αλουμινένια, οι μπιέλες είναι σφυρήλατες και ο στροφαλοφόρος άξονας ελαφρωμένος για μείωση του βάρους, του μεγέθους του και της περιστρεφόμενης μάζας του κινητήρα. Η σχέση συμπίεσης είναι 9.8:1 ενώ για τον έλεγχο της θερμοκρασίας, η Honda έχει χρησιμοποιήσει βαλβίδες εξαγωγής με νάτριο, συστήματα ψύξης της κυλινδροκεφαλής και των πιστονιών καθώς και ένα μεγάλο air-to-air intercooler.
Χάρη σε όλα αυτά, τα 100 χλμ/ώρα από στάση έρχονται σε 5,7 δευτερόλεπτα και η τελική είναι 268 χλμ/ώρα – κορυφαία επίδοση για την κατηγορία. Παράλληλα, ο συμβατός με τις Euro6 νόρμες κινητήρας, εκπέμπει 170 γραμμάρια CO2 ανά χιλιόμετρο – που ισοδυναμεί με μέση κατανάλωση της τάξης των 7,3 λίτρων βενζίνης ανά 100 χιλιόμετρα.
Ο κινητήρας, συνδυάζεται με ένα 6-τάχυτο, μηχανικό κιβώτιο που σύμφωνα με την Honda, έχει σχεδιαστεί έτσι ώστε να έχει την καλύτερη αίσθηση στην ιστορία του Type R και ψύχεται μέσω ενός ειδικού γι’ αυτό ψυγείο λαδιού. Η διαδρομή του λεβιέ είναι 40 χιλιοστά που για την ιστορία, είναι ακριβώς η ίδια με το NSX-R του 2002. Μιας που είμαστε στη μετάδοση, να αναφέρουμε ότι η κίνηση μεταφέρεται στους εμπρός τροχούς μέσω ενός ελικοειδούς διαφορικού περιορισμένης ολίσθησης.
Ο σχεδιασμός, είναι η επιτομή του “form follows function”. Το μέγεθος των αεραγωγών στον εμπρός προφυλακτήρα είναι τέτοιο ώστε να κατευθύνουν αέρα στο intercooler, χωρίς να αυξάνουν υπέρμετρα τις αεροδυναμικές απώλειες. Το Civic Type R έχει μηδενικό lift, κάτι στο οποίο βοηθά το σχεδόν επίπεδο πάτωμα που συνδυάζεται με τον πίσω διαχύτη και το μεγάλο εμπρός splitter. Η γωνία, το ύψος και ο σχεδιασμός της πίσω αεροτομής είναι σχεδιασμένα σε CFD και δοκιμασμένα τόσο σε αεροδυναμική σήραγγα, όσο σε πίστες όπως η Suzuka, το Nurburgring και οι εγκαταστάσεις της εταιρίας στο Takasu. Σημαντικό ρόλο στη διαμόρφωση του σχήματος του καυτού Civic, έπαιξε και η διαχείριση της θερμότητας με τους μηχανικούς να ψάχνουν τρόπους –μερικοί από τους οποίους εμφανείς- ώστε να αποβάλουν την θερμότητα από τον κινητήρα χωρίς να διαταράσσεται η ροή του αέρα.
Το Adaptive Damper System είναι ειδικά εξελιγμένο για το Type R και χρησιμοποιεί πολλούς αισθητήρες για να παρακολουθεί την κατάσταση του αυτοκινήτου κάθε 1/500 του δευτερολέπτου. Παράλληλα, το Civic Type R διαθέτει την Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension που αλλάζει την αρχικτονική της εμπρός ανάρτησης ώστε να μειώσει το φαινόμενο του torque steer έως και κατά 55% σε σύγκριση με ένα συμβατικό Civic. Στο πίσω μέρος, υπάρχει ο κλασικός ημιάκαμπτος άξονας αν και σημαντικά τροποποιημένος ώστε να αυξηθεί η ακαμψία του και να εξαλειφθεί η ανάγκη για αντιστρεπτική ράβδο. Τέλος, να αναφέρουμε ότι για το γρήγορο Civic, η Honda επέλεξε το Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering σύστημα διεύθυνσης που παρότι ηλεκτρικό, προσφέρει γραμμική απόδοση και άφθονη αίσθηση.
Επίσης, αξίζει να αναφέρουμε τη λειτουργία του +R mode που επιδρά σε διάφορα συστήματα για να αυξήσει την απόκριση τους. Η απόκριση του κινητήρα αυξάνεται με πιο επιθετικό πρόγραμμα για την ροπή, το τιμόνι γίνεται πιο γρήγορο ενώ ταυτόχρονα μειώνεται η υποβοήθηση, η ανάρτηση γίνεται μέσω του Adaptive Damper System κατά 30% πιο σκληρή, το Vehicle Stability Assist γίνεται λιγότερο παρεμβατικό επιτρέποντας μεγαλύτερες γωνίες και η i-MID οθόνη μπροστά στον οδηγό, αλλάζει.
Το νέο Honda Civic Type R, είναι διαθέσιμο σε 5 χρώματα –Crystal Black, Championship White, Polished Metal, Brilliant Sporty Blue και Milano Red- με τον εξοπλισμό να περιλαμβάνει το Android-based Honda Connect, πολλαπλούς αερόσακους και ενεργά ηλεκτρονικά συστήματα ασφαλείας. Επιπλέον, οι υποψήφιοι αγοραστές μπορούν να επιλέξουν το GT Pack που προσθέτει κόκκινες λεπτομέρειες στο εξωτερικό αλλά και συστήματα όπως το GPS της Garmin, αυτόματα φώτα και υαλοκαθαριστήρες, ηλεκτρικά αναδιπλούμενους καθρέπτες, αισθητήρες παρκαρίσματος, premium ηχοσύστημα και τα Advanced Driver Assist Systems της Honda –Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, High-Beam Support System, Blind Sport Information, Traffic Sign Recognition και Intelligent Speed Limited. Επιπλέον και του GT Pack οι πελάτες μπορούν να εξοπλίσουν το Civic Type R του με διάφορα πακέτα αξεσουάρ όπως για παράδειγμα το Carbon Exterior και Interior Pack που προσθέτουν άφθονα ανθρακονήματα στο εξωτερικό και το εσωτερικό του αυτοκινήτου αντίστοιχα.
Και αν όλα αυτά σου φαίνονται περιττές λεπτομέρειες και το μόνο που θες να ξέρεις είναι το πώς “πάει”, το παρακάτω video που δείχνει το νέο Type R στο 0-200 χλμ/ώρα θα απαντήσει στο ερώτημα σου.
2015 Honda Civic Type R
1. Introduction: All-new Honda Civic Type R is the most extreme and high-performing Type R ever built, setting new standards in Europe’s high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment
- Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine
- Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability
- Advanced new suspension systems ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer
- New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills
- GT Pack provides a comprehensive suite of styling, convenience and safety features
- Tested to success, Civic Type R represents the next generation of hot hatch with class-leading performance
After a five year wait, 2015 sees the arrival of the world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R. Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, the all-new Honda Civic Type R is powered by the most extreme and high-performing Type R engine ever built, and will set new standards in the high-performance front-wheel drive hatchback segment.
Taking their direction from the Japanese word ‘Buttigiri’, meaning ‘to break on through and leave the rest behind’, Honda’s engineers sought to develop a Type R that would more than live up to this high expectation of the red badge. The new Civic Type R has been engineered to deliver a dynamic, class-leading performance whether on fast roads, winding roads or the circuit. At the same time it delivers the ease of use and practical packaging expected of a Civic.
A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, a sensuous sporting sound, aggressive function-led styling, and pioneering new chassis technologies combine to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences available in any sector. Civic Type R is equally at home delivering this experience on the road as it is on the track, at the push of a button.
The new 2015 Civic Type R signals the start of a new performance era for Honda, drawing on the brand’s racing DNA to deliver the peak of the Civic line-up.
Part of the wave of next-generation and all-new vehicles from Honda in 2015, the new Civic Type R demonstrates the brand’s pioneering approach to technological innovation which makes life better for its customers. Available only as a five-door, with two trim grades, it is set to catapult Honda back to the top of the two-wheel drive performance hatchback league when it goes on sale across Europe from July 2015.
2. Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine with greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda Type R engine
- Direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine
- Advanced technologies improve power, response and efficiency
- Cooling systems allow high output and sustained high speed performance
- Slick-shifting, six-speed manual transmission safeguards an intimate, rewarding connection with the driver
- Four-exit exhaust is tuned for noise as well as performance
At the heart of the new Civic Type R is an all-new, direct-injected turbocharged 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO petrol engine, which delivers power, torque and performance figures unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment. Peak power output is 310 PS at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm – both higher than for any previous Honda Type R model.
As a visual reference to the inspiration behind the Type R brand, a bright red engine cover and aluminium intake pipe echo those of the successful Civic racing cars participating in the 2015 World Touring Car Championship.
Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharging system which incorporates Honda’s legendary Variable Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) and Dual-Variable Timing Control (VTC) technologies to boost low-end response while delivering sustained acceleration.
Combining a turbocharger with Honda’s VTEC and Dual-VTC technologies provides a number of benefits in output, efficiency and packaging. Dual-VTC allows a degree of valve timing overlap which is finely controlled across a broad rev range to improve responsiveness and efficiency. VTEC varies the degree of exhaust valve lift to reduce turbo lag through increased exhaust pressure at lower rpm while delivering a high output at higher rpm. As a result of the benefits these technologies bring, a mono scroll turbocharger can be used to produce a class-leading peak output, while maintaining response at lower engine speeds and a high-revving power delivery. In order to further improve responsiveness, the turbocharging system incorporates an electronic wastegate which offers a higher degree of freedom in induction pressure control over a conventional unit.
The mono scroll turbocharger combines with cast aluminium pistons, aluminium VTEC rocker arms, forged conrods and a lightweight crankshaft to minimise the overall weight, size and rotational mass of the engine.
High precision combustion technologies not only assist with improving engine output, but also lead to improvements in fuel efficiency and competitive emissions. At the core of these technologies is a direct injection system that prevents fuel sticking to the intake ports by injecting fuel directly into the cylinders and drawing only air through the ports, aided by Honda’s multipoint injection control. A high pressure (20MPa) injector is used to greatly increase fuel atomisation and is supported by an 85% improvement in flow rate and 45% increase in fuel pressure over a conventional fuel pump-based system.
Honda’s engineers worked exhaustively to ensure that once the fuel has been injected into the cylinder, strong tumble intake ports promote fuel mixture consistency within the cylinder. The shapes of the intake port and piston crowns were optimised through extensive Computer Aided Engineering modelling and analysis to ensure that they combine to generate a strong tumble flow. This optimises the fuel / air mixture and therefore the effectiveness of combustion. Idling Stop further enhances efficiency, and speedy ignition response assures the driver of rapid acceleration from standstill. The Idling Stop function is disabled in +R mode.
The new Civic Type R’s blistering performance is unmatched in the front-wheel drive hot hatch segment: the 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph). Despite its astonishing performance, the Civic Type R achieves low CO2 emissions of just 170 g/km, exceptional high speed fuel consumption and compliance with Euro 6b emissions regulations.
The new Civic Type R’s engine has a high compression ratio of 9.8 and is turbocharged, both of which make thermal management particularly important. As a result, the engineering team incorporated numerous cooling technologies, such as cylinder head and piston cooling, sodium-filled exhaust valves and a high-capacity air-to-air intercooler. The cylinder head has a two-piece water jacket, lowering exhaust gas temperature and effectively lowering the combustion chamber temperature, while each piston individually features a cooling channel to provide increased oil flow. Together, the cooling technologies ensure the engine always delivers a high output even under the high load, high speed driving conditions of a race circuit.
Whether setting lap times around race circuits, engaging the driver on a favourite country road or providing day-to-day comfort, an exceptional engine requires an exceptional transmission. A slick-shifting, six-speed manual transmission was chosen to safeguard an intimate, rewarding connection with the driver while making the most of the engine’s high output, strong torque and high revs.
The gear-change feel is designed to be the best in Type R history. Gear change speed relates directly to race circuit lap times, while gear change feel is fundamental to the joy of driving. The same 40mm shift stroke as the 2002 NSX-R contributes to an exceptionally quick shift time, but this would not be possible without at the same time reducing the force required to move the gear lever. A significant reduction in mechanical resistance has been achieved through a large capacity synchromesh, and vibration each time the clutch engages is supressed by a dual-mass flywheel. Through increasing the rigidity of each component part, shift control when shifting diagonally between second and third, fourth and fifth gears has been greatly enhanced.
Each of the six gear ratios has been optimised for performance and matches the engine’s output and torque curve. For example, the maximum speed of 270 km/h is achieved in sixth gear when peak power is reached at 6,500 rpm.
Final drive is through an exceptionally responsive helical limited slip differential. This type of differential aids strong cornering traction, even during hard cornering. This technology, when compared to a traditional differential, reduces the new Civic Type R’s lap time by five seconds per lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
In keeping with the focus of the new Civic Type R, an oil cooler specific to the gearbox provides a cooling performance capable of enduring consistent high load situations such as those encountered on the race circuit. The oil cooler is fitted to the lower part of the transmission and is fed cool air by the fin-shaped transmission case which is matched to wind-channelling vanes in the engine undercover. Despite the addition of an oil cooler, the use of a high-rigidity transmission case assists in making the new Civic Type R’s transmission the lightest in its class.
Making the purpose of the new Civic Type R clear from the first moment the engine is started, the four-exit exhaust is tuned for sound as well as performance. The system is able to handle a higher exhaust gas flow rate due to a straightened pipe with deleted silencer in the front section, while the exhaust sound is enhanced by the deletion of the silencer generally used to dampen noise. Instead, a resonator in the rear section maintains noise within certification levels and reduces only specifically selected frequency bands. The exhaust’s mounting bushes have also been re-tuned to allow the inclusion of a secondary noise element within the overall sound while ensuring the power of the exhaust sound increases in line with the torque of the engine.
3. Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability
- Aerodynamic features ensure zero lift and minimum drag
- Effective heat management supports efficient cooling of engine and brakes
- Distinctive exterior styling and colours mark out the Type R
- Performance focus extends to interior design and features
The styling changes uniquely applied to the new Civic Type R give it an aggressive, purposeful stance, yet almost all have a functional purpose. The size of the holes in the front bumper grille, which serve air to the intercooler, are specifically shaped to minimise aerodynamic losses. The sleek and aerodynamically-efficient design reflects a car developed first and foremost to perform at speed. The focus on aerodynamics has ensured a zero lift coefficient and a minimum of drag which provides a class-leading overall aerodynamic performance.
The Civic Type R’s unique aerodynamic package utilises specific downforce-generating elements to create overall negative lift which is unusual in the industry and unique for this class in particular. The focus on airflow, not only around but also through the car, has ensured negative lift (or airflow pushing the car onto the road) at both axles combined with a minimum of drag. This is particularly noteworthy at the front of the car and allows high speed stability with a class-leading top speed of 270 km/h.
To achieve this, the fourth generation Civic Type R was subject to exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development. The development team tirelessly pursued its objectives through computer-based CFD modelling and wind tunnel testing at Honda’s dedicated motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan; home of Honda’s Formula One engine programme.
This development work was validated through extensive prototype testing both on the road and on track, including at the Suzuka Formula One circuit, the Nürburgring Nordschleife and at the company’s Takasu test facility.
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 wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow to generate downforce on the front axle and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been designed specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, enhancing high-speed stability and further reducing lift forces.
The structure of the rear wing aerofoil – its angle, height and shape as well as its vertical end plates – have been carefully engineered to optimise downforce on the rear axle without causing a significant increase in drag at higher speeds. This helps improve road-holding abilities, particularly through high-speed corners.
Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper allow a greater volume of cooling air into the engine bay. The airflow is channelled through the engine bay to outlet vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the widened front wheel arches to provide cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine while minimising the drag caused by the enlarged grilles.
The new Civic Type R’s front and rear wheel arches are widened to accommodate an increase in front and rear track. The integrated arch extensions are in aluminium, providing a 42% weight saving over a conventional steel panel.
The front spoilers and door spoilers wear a piano-black gloss finish to highlight the car’s wide and low appearance. At the rear of the car, a pair of dual-exhaust tailpipes emerge prominently at the flanks of the rear diffuser. Clearance between the tailpipe finishers and the piano-black gloss rear diffuser has been reduced to an absolute minimum. This imbues the car’s rear-view with an extra degree of aggressive tautness.
At the front, running along the lower edge of each combination headlamp cluster is an LED daytime running light. Its sharply ‘up-ticked’ shape, produced using two LED light sources and a light guide, highlights the headlamp’s shape and creates a more appealing and aggressive front mask. The rear combination lamps also feature distinctive LED light bars.
New lightweight, high rigidity 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the new Civic Type R, complement the visual changes. They fill the enlarged wheel arches with 235/35 R19 tyres that were developed specially for the Type R in conjunction with Continental.
The new Civic Type R is available in five distinctive colours that give the purposeful new styling added impact. As well as Championship White – shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles – buyers can choose from Crystal Black (pearlescent), Polished Metal (metallic), Brilliant Sporty Blue (metallic) and Milano Red.
Inside, a range of aesthetic and functional upgrades, designed exclusively for the new Type R, provide a cockpit that is not only suited to driving on a circuit, but also makes day-to-day driving feel sporty. The seats, steering wheel and gear stick are all unique to the Type R model and take into account driving position, visibility of key information and driver control requirements.
Exclusively designed high-backed sports seats, trimmed in suede-effect black and red fabric with red double stitching, fit the body perfectly while a modified seat frame provides driver and front-seat passenger with superlative support whether during day-to-day driving or harder cornering. An important factor in providing a suitable driving position for the new Civic Type R is the seat height. By reviewing the density and height of the urethane foam used in the seat, engineers were able to make the front seats 20% leaner, while maintaining comfort for day-to-day driving. This translated into a structurally low seat and enabled a hip point that sits 20 mm lower in the seat than that of the standard car. The floor was also lowered by 10 mm, meaning the overall hip point is fully 30 mm closer to the road than in the standard car.
A redesigned rear seat bench unique to the Type R, with revised frame and reduced material thickness, accommodates two passengers and offers a 60 / 40 split fold function and flat loading space when folded. The modifications result in a weight saving of 17% compared to the standard Civic five-door while retaining the same maximum load volume.
In light of the front seat’s low hip point, the steering wheel has been lowered to ensure clear visibility of the information displays. A flat-bottomed steering wheel preserves maximum knee room. The driver’s feeling of control has been enhanced by reducing the thickness of the steering wheel spokes, making the feel and the position of the grip feel more familiar. The red centre-position marker at the top of the steering wheel rim gives the driver a visible indicator of the steering angle when cornering.
Red double stitching on the black leather-clad steering wheel and black gear-lever gaiter matches those on the seats and the roof-lining is trimmed in black fabric, augmenting the focused ambience. As with previous Type R models, the gear stick is made from machined aluminium alloy.
The intelligent Multi Information Display (i-MID) includes display information specific to the Civic Type R. Additional information screens unique to Type R can be individually selected by the driver and include:
• G-meter and brake pressure / accelerator pedal position
• Boost pressure, water temperature, oil pressure and oil temperature
• Lap time
• Acceleration time (0-100 km/h or 0-60 mph)
• Acceleration time (0-100 m or 0-1/4 mile)
A rev indicator above the main tachometer provides the driver with visual information to aid optimum performance gear shifting. When engine revs increase, lights from both edges of the indicator converge to give the driver a visual reference on the optimum timing of the next gear shift without distracting any attention from the road. A gear shift display shows the currently selected gear and responds within 0.2 seconds of a gear change.
4. Advanced new suspension systems, unique to the new Civic Type R, ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer
- Four-wheel Adaptive Damper System developed specifically for the Type R
- Advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system enhances high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel
- Revised rear suspension and steering system are retuned for Type R
- Bespoke brakes and tyres complete a compelling sporting package
A number of advanced new suspension systems, unique to the new Civic Type R, have been introduced to produce rewarding handling characteristics and to maximise power transfer to the road.
A new four-wheel Adaptive Damper System was developed specifically for the Type R model. It enables continuous independent control of each wheel to deliver exceptional road holding performance, limit wheel-load transfer during sharp acceleration and deceleration, and maintain a stable, flat ride. It also means that the ride is more comfortable and supple in everyday driving and cruising.
The Adaptive Damper System utilises multiple sensors to monitor the car’s status in milliseconds. In real-time, the current to the electromagnetic coils inside the dampers is adjusted, altering the oil flow channels and thereby controlling the damping force. Independent control of each wheel through a logic developed specifically for the suspension and tyres, improves contact with the road surface (including on uneven surfaces) and maintains high levels of traction at all speeds. Further, it ensures sharp handling and stability during cornering at higher speeds through limiting body roll, while in normal driving maintaining an exceptionally supple ride.
The Adaptive Damper System also limits wheel load transfer during acceleration (through the front of the car lifting) and deceleration (through the nose of the car diving) which secures greater traction during acceleration and maximises braking performance. This assists in achieving a stable, flat ride longitudinally (on pitching roads, for example) and latitudinally (in strong cross winds, for example).
An advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system enhances high speed stability, on-the-limit cornering and steering feel. As opposed to ADS, the Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension is a mechanical system featuring two supporting ‘kingpins’. Instead of an integrated knuckle-and-strut set-up of a conventional strut system, the knuckle and strut are separated, so that the knuckle receives steering input and the strut receives information from the road surface. An independent knuckle translates into a smaller centre offset, thanks to a reduced kingpin inclination, which helps reduce torque steer by 55% compared to the standard Civic’s suspension system. Also contributing significantly to the minimisation of torque steer are drive shafts which are precisely balanced for rigidity and a revised wheel offset.
The front suspension system is able to provide a larger caster angle which translates into excellent straight-line stability at high speeds. Meanwhile, finely tuned camber characteristics keep the tyres on the road when turning to increase the car’s cornering performance. In pursuit of increased rigidity and weight reduction, the lower arms and damper forks are made out of aluminium and the very high resistance compliance bushes also contribute to the car’s responsive handling.
Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering (EPS), developed from that fitted to the standard Civic, helps to deliver rapid yet linear steering response and abundant steering feel with increased power and torque. Pinion gears which transform the turning movements of the steering wheel into a straight movement are placed in two locations. This layout enables steering and tyre input to be transmitted to the driver without any negative influence from the power assistance, which operates exclusively through the second pinion gear. Furthermore, a steering angle feedback control logic has been developed which provides a solid feel when steering around the central position while still providing good response under cornering. An increase in the rigidity of the area around the rack gear bearing, the aluminium housing and the mounting helps further increase feel and response.
The Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam rear suspension enhances high speed stability, even in high speed corners, thanks to its contribution to maximising roll rigidity. Unlike that of the standard Civic, the Type R’s H-shaped torsion beam is made of crushed pipes rather than a solid block which improves rear roll rigidity by 177% and removes the need for a rear anti-roll bar, thus saving weight. Very high resistance trailing arm bushes also help to improve lateral rigidity.
An increase in body rigidity by 18% was achieved by optimising the bracket designs and application of adhesive instead of using additional structural steel material, this strategy saved 4.5 kilograms.
Agile Handling Assist is another advanced technology that further enhances the dynamic stability of the car, particularly when reacting to fast steering inputs or high cornering loads such as are experienced during emergency avoidance manoeuvres. Agile Handling Assist operates through the Vehicle Stability Assist system and applies a light braking force, imperceptible to the driver, to the inner wheels when the steering wheel is turned. The result is increased vehicle responsiveness and stability, and a more satisfying driving experience.
Unable to find a tyre that naturally suited the character and nature of the new Civic Type R, Honda’s engineers worked with Continental to create a bespoke tyre that delivers enhanced grip and cornering stability.
The car is also equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package developed specifically for the Civic Type R. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm discs – the largest ever to have been installed on a production Type R model – which are drilled to stabilise braking friction between the disc and pad at high temperatures.
The diameter of the rear discs was increased by 20 mm, as well as the thickness, in order to increase heat capacity and improve performance.
5. New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills
- +R mode activates several dynamic changes to the Type R’s systems
- Provides an even more intense driving experience ideal for the track
- Changes to the dash display and i-MID screen indicate +R mode is engaged
The new Civic Type R will mark the debut of the new ‘+R’ mode that increases the response of various chassis and drivetrain systems. This delivers an even more intense driving experience, ideal for the track and sure to be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.
The +R button is located to the left of the steering column for left-hand drive cars, and to the right for right-hand drive cars. When +R mode is activated a number of visual changes inform the driver. The floating dial surrounds in the instrument binnacle change from glowing white to glowing red. A +R logo is displayed to the left of the rev indicator and the Idling Stop system is disabled.
With +R mode selected, several dynamic changes are activated within the Civic Type R’s powertrain and dynamics systems.
Engine responsiveness is heightened, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting allowing more of the available torque to be unleashed at lower engine speeds. The electronic power steering reduces the level of power assistance to provide a heavier and tighter steering feel.
Basic damping force from the new four-point Adaptive Damper System is increased by 30% making the behaviour of the car firmer and more agile for high-performance handling. The Vehicle Stability Assist programme is adjusted to focus on acceleration and performance, allowing a greater yaw and slip rate before intervening.
+R mode also brings a more dynamic focus to the i-MID screen in front of the driver. When in +R mode, it is possible to access the Type R layers directly from any of the four basic information screens, or to directly access the first specific Type R screen. The selection of a specific performance screen is indicated by the display of an image of the Type R. In +R mode it is also possible to display vehicle information content even when the stopwatch is running.
6. High standard specification can be enhanced by optional GT Pack and a wide range of accessories
- High standard equipment levels ensure the new Civic Type R is as comfortable on the road as on the track
- Optional GT Pack provides a comprehensive suite of styling, convenience and safety enhancements
- A range of accessories offers exterior and interior customisation options
Standard Equipment and Safety
The all-new Honda Connect infotainment system is fitted as standard to the new Civic Type R, offering convenience and connectivity while on the road. Easy and intuitive to use, Honda Connect runs Android, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system – and employs the familiar ‘pinch, swipe and tap‘ functionality of a smartphone to access its features.
Honda Connect gives front-seat occupants rapid access to everything from vehicle information, rear-view parking camera and music, to Bluetooth connectivity. The new system’s functions include: internet access, pre-installed apps, Honda App Centre, AM/FM/DAB and internet radio, phone interface and Bluetooth connectivity and steering wheel controls and rear-view parking camera with dynamic guidelines. Sound is fed through a six-speaker 180-watt sound system.
The new Honda Connect system – which debuted on the 2015 CR-V earlier this year – offers excellent connectivity to keep Honda owners safely in touch while on the road. Honda Connect is also MirrorLink-enabled, delivering seamless connectivity between the system and the user’s compatible smartphone – provided it is compatible. This technology enables the user to mirror their smartphone display through Honda Connect and gain access to their smartphone applications.
With Honda Connect you can also connect to the internet through Smartphone Wifi tethering or Mobile Wifi Router, allowing for full internet browsing while in the car, provided it is stationary, making it possible to search for local amenities or learn about landmarks near to the vehicle’s location.
The system comes with a range of pre-installed apps and the user can download other apps from the Honda App Centre.
Pre-installed apps include ‘Aha’, which allows effortless access to content and lets the driver keep their eyes on the road. Aha offers thousands of stations of audio – spanning music, news, podcasts and audio books – as well as social media news feeds and location-based services. The easy-to-use, integrated interface makes finding everything from a Twitter account to weather updates as safe and easy as the push of a button. Aha also includes POI searches, helping users locate the nearest restaurants or hotels.
Automatic climate control air conditioning and cruise control with speed limiter complete an extensive list of standard equipment.
The new Civic Type R retains the same five-star Euro NCAP rating as achieved by the standard Civic five door. It shares the same Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and system of airbags (driver, passenger, side and side curtain), restraint systems (including whiplash lessening front headrests) and active electronic safety systems.
Developed in the car-to-car crash testing facility at Tochigi, the ACE™ body structure is now a well-established strength of Honda’s safety credentials. The ACE™ body structure provides significantly enhanced occupant protection in a variety of real-world crash conditions. A front-mounted polygonal main frame is designed to prevent cabin deformation by distributing forces through multiple major load bearing pathways – and away from the passenger compartment. Additionally, it helps to minimise the potential for under- or over-ride situations, this is particularly important where a frontal collision occurs between vehicles of differing heights, weights or frame construction.
The City-Brake Active system is specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents and utilises a laser radar system that scans the road ahead and automatically applies the brakes if an imminent risk of collision is detected. The system operates at speeds below 32 km/h and is designed to detect cars and trucks.
Customers will have the option to choose an all-new GT Pack to add further styling, convenience, infotainment and safety technology enhancements to their new Civic Type R.
Externally, the GT Pack adds signature red highlights to the front and rear splitters for even greater eye-catching impact, but it’s under the skin where the GT Pack’s most significant upgrades are found.
The driver will benefit from extra convenience features such as front and rear parking sensors, dusk sensing headlamps, rain sensing automatic wipers, electrically folding door mirrors.
With the GT Pack specified, integrated Garmin satellite navigation (including four years of free map updates) is added to the standard Honda Connect infotainment system. Audiophiles will be attracted by the addition of a CD player and a premium eight-speaker, 212-watt stereo system upgrade.
All occupants will appreciate automatic dual zone climate control air conditioning, and sophistication in the cabin is boosted by red ambient lighting.
The GT Pack also includes Honda’s Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This comprehensive suite of sensor-based safety technologies includes Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, High-Beam Support System, Blind Spot Information, Cross Traffic Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition System and Intelligent Speed Limiter.
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Warning detects the risk of collision by recognising the vehicle (car or truck) directly in front, using the multi-purpose camera. The system operates when the car is at a speed of 15 km/h (9 mph) and above. On detecting the risk of collision, it will offer visual and audible warnings. The warning distance can be adjusted to the driver’s preferences and the system can be turned off by the driver at any time.
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning uses the multi-purpose camera to track lane markings on the road. If the car deviates from its current lane without indicating, Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.
High Beam Support System
High Beam Support System works at speeds of more than 40 km/h (25 mph) to switch High Beam head lights on or off automatically depending on oncoming or preceding vehicles (cars, trucks and motorcycles), bicycles and environmental brightness. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.
Blind Spot Information
Blind Spot Information uses radar technology to automatically detect vehicles in the driver’s blind spot and warn of potential dangers when the vehicle is travelling at speeds of more than 20 km/h (12 mph). The system is designed to detect cars and trucks and can help to support drivers in situations such as passing other vehicles and merging or changing lanes.
When a vehicle enters the driver’s blind spot a visual warning is displayed on the door mirror. This remains until the vehicle leaves the blind spot. If the driver operates the indicator whilst the vehicle is in the blind spot, the visual warning will blink and an audible warning will sound to further alert the driver to the potential danger.
Cross Traffic Monitor
Honda’s Cross Traffic Monitor system uses rear side radar sensors to warn the driver of approaching vehicles when reversing. The direction of an approaching vehicle is shown either on the rear-view camera screen or displayed using arrows showing the direction of the travelling vehicle on the i-MID and an audible warning sound. The system is designed to detect cars and trucks travelling up to 25 km/h (16 mph).
Traffic Sign Recognition
Traffic Sign Recognition system uses the multi-purpose camera to detect road signs whenever the vehicle is moving forward. The system automatically recognises and displays the signs via the i-MID once the vehicle has passed the sign.
The system is designed to detect circular road signs displaying speed limits and ‘No Passing’ information. Two road signs can be displayed at any one time – the right side of the display only shows speed limit signs while the left shows ‘No Passing’ signs and speed limits with additional information; such as weather conditions, for example.
Intelligent Speed Limiter
Intelligent Speed Limiter combines two otherwise independent safety systems – Adjustable Speed Limiter and Traffic Sign Recognition system – resulting in an advanced safety assistance feature. The Adjustable Speed Limiter system –standard on every Honda car on sale in Europe – regulates the maximum speed of the vehicle at a level set by the driver.
With Intelligent Speed Limiter activated, the maximum speed of the vehicle is automatically determined by the prevailing legal speed limit detected by the Traffic Sign Recognition system. When the vehicle passes a sign indicating a lower speed limit, the vehicle will gently and automatically slow, through a reduction in power, to a maximum speed that does not exceed the speed limit. An alert sounds and the displayed speed limit blinks if the vehicle speed exceeds the limit by 3 km/h (2 mph) or more. The vehicle’s maximum speed – regardless of the accelerator input by the driver – will not exceed this limit. When the vehicle passes a sign indicating a higher speed limit, it will allow the driver to accelerate until the vehicle reaches the new maximum permitted speed, at which point it will prevent the vehicle from exceeding the new speed limit. The system can be turned off by the driver at any time.
Accessory pack options
The new Civic Type R is available with a wider variety of accessory packs and single options than have previously been available for any Type R model, allowing the car to be personalised to suit individuals‘ own preferences.
Red Exterior Pack
With the Red Exterior Pack customers can add an extra personal touch to the Civic Type R that will further underline the car’s sporting nature. It offers a combination of accessories that gives the car an exciting, sporty look using Rally Red accents, including a front grille garnish, door mirror covers, a rear diffuser decoration and a roof spoiler.
Red Interior Pack
This pack connects the red parts of the car’s exterior with the interior, emphasising its sportiness. Included are air outlet surrounds, a steering wheel accents, red ambient front footwell lighting and doorstep garnishes.
Carbon Exterior Pack
The Carbon Exterior Pack gives the Civic Type R exclusive new highlights in a key motorsport material. It includes carbon fibre fog light surrounds, a carbon fibre tailgate garnish and a carbon fibre rear wing– available with gloss black or Rally Red end plates.
Carbon Interior Pack
The ultimate expression of racing pedigree, this pack contains carbon fibre air outlet surrounds, a carbon fibre finish to the center console and glove box.
Single option accessories
A range of single options, such as Honda 3D Sound, as well as individual elements from the option packs are also available. Honda 3D Sound is able to faithfully reproduce music by adding a compact DSP (digital signal processing) unit to the standard Honda sound system in the car, enhancing the listening experience to give a live concert hall feeling.
Specific features of the Civic Type R can be transformed by selecting individual elements from the option packs. For example, hand-made carbon fibre can be applied to the fog light surrounds, while the carbon fibre tailgate garnish or carbon fibre tailgate wing (available with gloss black or Rally Red end plates) can also be added.
A roof spoiler, in Rally Red or body colour, is available to provide an additional aesthetic touch. Similarly, the front grille garnish is available in a Rally Red and chrome finsh. Rally Red rear diffuser decoration, exchangable Rally Red covers for the side door mirrors or a fuel cap in a gloss black can be individually specified to bring the true racing spirit of the Type R to life.
Inside, the red ambient front footwell lighting gives the interior a sporty but sophisticated feel. The footwell lighting is triggered by turning on the headlights and by opening the door.‘Elegance‘ black floor carpets bring even more of Type R to the front footwell, featuring red linings and a metal Type R badge.
The car’s interior can be personalised further by applying a carbon fibre glove box or centre console finish, while the air outlets can be emphasised with a carbon fibre, Rally Red or gloss black surround. The steering wheel can be enhanced with Rally Red or gloss black detailing.
The full range of accessories will be available in July on the Honda Genuine Accessories app, available on the App Store and Google Play.
7. Tested to success, Civic Type R represents the next generation of hot hatch with class-leading performance
- Prototype Civic Type R recorded a time unmatched by any other front-wheel drive performance hatchback around the Nürburgring
As part of a rigorous and detailed development and testing programme, a pre-production development Civic Type R achieved a 7 minutes 50.63 seconds lap time of the legendary 20.8 km/12.9 mile Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. This time is unmatched by any other front-wheel drive performance hatchback.
The lap time was achieved during the final phase of pre-production testing in May 2014 by a Civic Type R development car. The development car was in a standard state of engine tune, with suspension, drivetrain, exhaust, brakes and the aerodynamic package identical to those of the production Civic Type R.
The removal of equipment such as air conditioning, the front passenger seat and audio equipment offset the additional weight of a full roll cage (installed specifically for safety reasons and not to add rigidity).
8. Technical specifications
- All technical information is preliminary and subject to change
- All fuel consumption and CO2 figures are subject to final homologation
Body and chassis
Five-door, four-seat hatchback with unitary construction bodyshell.
|2.0 litre VTEC TURBO (petrol)|
|Type||4 valves per cylinder|
|Bore x stroke||86.0 x 85.9|
|Power||310 PS at 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||400 Nm from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm|
|Engine||2.0 litre VTEC TURBO|
|Manual – speeds||6|
|2.0 litre VTEC TURBO6-speed manual with limited slip differential (LSD)|
Suspension and damping
|Front||Dual Axis Strut|
|Rear||H-type torsion beam|
|Type||Dual Pinion Electric Power Steering|
|Steering turns (lock to lock)||2.25|
|Turning circle (at wheels)||12.594 metres|
|Front||Ventilated and drilled 350 mm disc; 4-piston caliper|
|Rear||Solid 296 mm disc|
Wheels and tyres
|Wheel size||Tyres – Front||Tyres – Rear|
|19-inch||235 35 R19|
|Overall width||2,065 (including door mirrors)|
|Overall height||1,466 (unladen)|
|Ground Clearance||118 (with driver)|
|Luggage||498 (seats up, VDA) / 1,214 (seats folded, VDA to window)|
|Engine||2.0 litre VTEC TURBO6-speed manual|
|Curb weight||1,382 (with 100% fuel)|
Performance and fuel consumption
|Engine||2.0 litre VTEC TURBO6-speed manual|
|Maximum speed (km/h)||270|
|0-100 km/h (seconds)||5.7|
|Fuel consumption urban (l/100 km)||9.4|
|Fuel consumption extra urban (l/100 km)||6.1|
|Fuel consumption combined (l/100 km)||7.3|
|CO2 combined (g/km)||170|