The next-gen Honda Civic has been spotted testing yet again, and this time it's a sporty variant that could preview the future Type R. The newest shots still show an odd, three-exit center exhaust, but now Brembo brakes are obvious, too.
Honda's new chief executive Takahiro Hachigo has an empty space in his garage, and he only wants to fill it when the new Civic Type R arrives in Japan. In the meantime, he's without his own set of wheels.
The New Civic Is Hot, The Hatchback Returns And Acura Doesn't Suck
It's a great time to be an enthusiast. From high-horsepower Hellcats to the purist BRZ, engaging automobiles are found in nearly every segment of the market. Everyone wants to join the performance parade. Everyone it seemed, but Honda.
Honda is reportedly prepping a new CR-Z and plans to offer some serious performance this time. In place of the hybrid in the US, it might get a detuned version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Civic Type R and ride on the next-gen Civic platform.
The latest Honda Civic Type R being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show is a 306-horsepower, turbocharged hot hatch that is capable of lapping the Nordschleife in 7:50. At least for now, it remains exclusive to European buyers.
It's been a long time coming, but it looks like it was worth the wait as Honda has finally revealed the production Civic Type R at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, promising the most blistering performance of any front-drive hot hatch on the market.
Honda plans to release the next-gen Civic Type R some time in 2015, but until then the automaker continues to test it. The latest battery of evaluations is cold weather testing in Sweden. That meant the future hot hatch got to put on some camo and went to play in the snow. Our spies caught it at work, though.
Honda is bent on kicking butt and taking names with its upcoming new Civic Type R, but since the Japanese hot hatch is based on the European model and isn't slated to come to the United States, it's been of little consolation to American enthusiasts. But if you're one of them, we've got good news for you.
Most of us would probably deliberate pretty carefully before buying a new car – do a little research, read the reviews, take it for a test drive, compare it to the competition. But that's not everyone. Some buyers will order a new car sight unseen. Some will even place their order – for a performance model especially – before the production model is even revealed. And those buyers in the UK have been flocking to Honda for not one, but two upcoming new products.