The Honda Civic Type-R is the best performance hatchback with a wild style that is already attracting the showroom at the Paris Motor Show.
The new Civic Type-R is already receiving positive reviews, although some critics think Honda could tone down the style a bit, suggesting that the paint stripes and wheels may be too much for the car.
However, it seems that other automakers are building hot hatchbacks, as these are called. Volkswagen is already selling its Spanish Golf with 280 hp and Peugeot just put a Torsen limited-slip differential into the 208 GTI to end Renault’s reign. And there’s Nissan and Ford, which is keeping the Honda Civic Type-R in the spotlight at the Paris Motor Show.
The car is considered a “hot hatch” design with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that will produce more than 276bhp. In keeping with previous models, with naturally-aspirated engines have always given their best when revved hard, the automaker is promising that the new engine will offer “high-revving performance.” Looking at the car will surely remind people of the “Fast and Furious” movie. It’s that hot.
The Japanese company adds that the Honda Civic Type-R engine will be paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, rather than a fast-changing automatic such as you’ll find in the BMW M135i and Renaultsport Clio, and that drivers will be able to select a new ‘+R’ mode, which will sharpen up the car’s responses for track use.
The new system will change the engine map to a more aggressive setting and increase steering response, as well as stiffening up an all-new adaptive damper system that the Type-R will get.
Other driver-focussed gadgetry will include a ‘steer axis’ system which Honda says will help to minimize torque steer.
The Honda Civic Type-R was shown in a vivid shade of blue for the Paris Motor Show. The color is to give showgoers a strong hint toward the way the production version will look. Honda just may have a few more surprises to come.