Honda may not actually be showing off the production form of its upcoming Euro-only 2015 Civic Type R at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year, but it did take advantage of the focused media attention to make a pretty cool announcement. In addition to dropping a really hot video of the new Type R testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, Honda Europe president, Manabu Nishimae, gifted us with some juicy details about the coming hot hatch.

Nishimae confirmed rumors that this Type R would make use of a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, while telling us that the mill would be good for an output of "at least 280 PS." A raw conversion from PS (metric horsepower) to standard horsepower gives us a figure of about 276 hp, or very near the rumored figure of 300 galloping, front-wheeled ponies.

The company will need each ounce of output from its new 2.0-liter engine if it is to meet its stated performance target: making the Civic Type R the fastest front-wheel-drive production car around the 'Ring. Apparently this last session of testing, with World Touring Car Championship driver Gabriele Tarquini at the wheel, has already gotten Honda close to the lap record. Scroll down to read Honda's brief press release about the upcoming Type R, and, more importantly, to listen to the car as it's throttled around the track.
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Honda Reveal First Details of New Civic Type R

At today's Frankfurt Motor Show Press Conference, Manabu Nishimae, President, Honda Motor Europe revealed the first details of the hotly anticipated new Civic Type R. Powered by a direct injection turbocharged 2- litre engine, the new Civic Type R will deliver at least 280 PS.

Honda confirmed ambitions for the Civic Type R to become the fastest front wheel drive car around the infamous Nurburgring circuit in Germany. The car still faces a further 2 years of development before going on sale in 2015 however, on-track testing has already begun. "We have recently spent a week at the Nurburgring, carrying out extensive testing and we are on target, and have already set a time approaching the lap record", said Manabu Nishimae.

A film demonstrating the impressive performance and handling of the Civic Type R development car on the Nurburgring with Gabriele Tarquini, Honda's WTCC driver behind the wheel, was premiered during the Honda Press Conference.

Honda's new Civic Tourer made its public debut at the show and during the Press Conference, it was confirmed that it would achieve impressively low CO2 emissions from only 99g/km* (3,8 litres l/100km) when partnered with Honda's 1.6 i-DTEC engine. The Civic Tourer builds on the strength of the Civic 5-Door, offering class leading boot space and practicality.

"For me, the strength of the car is the synergy of functionality, versatility, and dynamic design. As a European development team, we're passionate and proud about what we've achieved", said Adrian Killham, Large Project Leader for Civic Tourer.

(*Honda internal figures)


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      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mazdaspeed3 territory... finally.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda has always been able to extract power from small capacity engines.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Brodz
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      Awhattup
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems to be answers to such cars, i.e. GTI, Focus ST.... but will it make it to the U.S.
        Knightsbore
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Awhattup
        Short answer: no. Long answer: they will try and sell an SI version that contains 1/3rd the features and a worse engine for a higher price and say we are getting what the market says we want
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is there a way to filter out all the awesome cars you report on that we'll never be able to buy from the feed? Like this or fast Audi wagons? It hurts too much.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @flammablewater
        I cry everytime theres something on the RS6 Avant. Not that I have the money to buy one if they sold them here, buy still.
        Wally SirFatty
        • 1 Year Ago
        @flammablewater
        Close one eye.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since this is a European Civic, chances are you won't be able to buy this in Japan either. Unless they resurrect the Civic model for the JDM.
        Slideways
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        Correct me if I'm wrong, they used to sell the previous Euro generation in Japan as a Civic Type R Euro. So there should be hope.
          GVIrish
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Slideways
          But Honda doesn't sell the Civic at all in Japan now. So it's unlikely that Honda will go through the trouble of producing only one incredibly low production trim level of the Civic for Japan, even if it is a Type-R. Supposedly Japan will get a Fit Type R though.
      Tone
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet camo.
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      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, we aren't going to get it in the US so who really cares. I'd love to see a detuned version of this motor make it into our Si which desperately needs a performance boost.
        torqued
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        Q: "Well, we aren't going to get it in the US so who really cares." A: Europeans? Japanese? Australians? They have the internet over there too.
        msspamrefuge
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        "Well, we aren't going to get it in the US so who really cares." Plus, Honda NA is purportedly getting creative control over our next Civic. Never mind that they're responsible for stinkers like the ZDX and Crosstour. Honda? Can we get something over here that can replace/supplement my CL without making me go to the used market?
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @msspamrefuge
          I had a 2003 CL-S with the six speed that I absolutely loved. Honda hasn't made anything worthwhile since then that was even relatively affordable.
        bchreng
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        Is it really that bad? For what it is, I thought it provided a good compromise of fuel economy and performance.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bchreng
          Compare it to ANYTHING in the segment, yeah it is pretty bad. It also doesn't offer that many features for the price.
          bchreng
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bchreng
          What sucks is that there doesn't seem to be other non-turbo cars to compare it to, save for maybe the tC and FR-S.
        Dump
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        Exactly! I'd rather just not know about it at all cuz we ain't gettin' it. Doesn't make sense why Honda won't offer the Type-R in the US.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dump
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      PatrickH
      • 1 Year Ago
      No America No Care
        RG1527
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PatrickH
        Yup, Until they decide to sell a Type R in the US I really cannot be bothered with any interest in this at all. I don't know why they are never sold here, Price, Cafe Regulations or Safety issues (probably all three). I had an 02 CIvic SI for about 11 years. Very dependable car but not what you would call an exciting ride. Numb steering, body roll and a tepid powerplant (My New Juke is way more fun to drive)
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RG1527
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear Honda USA, you build a brilliant Accord the greatest Accord ever now your competitors in Japan are starting to ramp up sporty in house tuning division with many products planned in the coming years if not already available. You give us the new NSX wonderful, now it's time for the new generation of uber hot Civics and other attainable sporty Honda's to grace our shores. You gave us great joy with the Civics, S2000s, hatches, funky Del Sols, Integra's, Preludes and the VTECS became a pop culture icon. Think of the children, do it for the future loyal customer base if anything.
      avconsumer2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda... Turbo... Type R... these 3 "words" together will never grace North American shores.
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @avconsumer2
        I don't know whether to vote you up or down.
        GVIrish
        • 1 Year Ago
        @avconsumer2
        Sad but probably true. We may get a turbo sport compact from Honda but the chances of us getting a Type-R are painfully low.
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