The 2015 Civic Type R will likely sport a hatchback body style, though it looks as though it will feature a more aggressive body kit and a lowered suspension in comparison to the previous model. Glossy black multi-spoke alloy wheels should be standard equipment, along with four tailpipes and a large wing on the back of the car.
As far as the powertrain, drivers can expect to find a turbocharged 2.0L gasoline engine. Power output is expected to be at least 280 hp, though it could be more by the time it’s released. The new Civic Type R is expected to feature front-wheel drive.
This will surely be a formidable engine, and there is even speculation that the next iteration of the CR-Z could use a similar powertrain.
Being formidable on the road apparently isn’t enough for Honda, though. The automaker wants to use the 2015 Civic Type R to set a new record for a front-wheel drive car on Germany’s famed Nurburgring racetrack. This would be a remarkable achievement — the current record is held by the Renault Megane RT Trophy, which in 2011 lapped the track in 8 minutes and 7.97 seconds.
Manabu Nishimae, Honda Europe’s president, remarked during the Frankfurt Auto Show that a prototype of the 2015 Civic Type R was closing in on the official record. With plenty time between now and the car’s release, it certainly would be shocking if Honda’s high-performance Civic was able to claim the crown for itself.
While no exact release date is yet available and the specifications are still being finalized, St. Louis drivers are right to have high expectations for the next Civic Type R. Those who wish to learn more, or who want to check out any other model in Honda’s formidable lineup, can do so by visiting a Gateway Honda dealer.