Rather wonderful new film showcases the Type R’s nasty side. It sounds very nasty indeed
Honda promises us the new Civic Type R will be the most "extreme and high-performing model to wear the famous ‘Red H' badge". Now we have video proof that it'll sound quite nasty indeed.
Honda has announced a new film - which is actually an incredibly cool short with some neat flourishes - showcasing both sides of the Civic's nature.
You hit play, and the film begins with a sedate Civic being driven around, um, sedately. Hold down your keyboard's ‘R' key, and you get the full-blooded Type R alternative, complete with that raspy soundtrack.
We already know that Civic Type R will be the most powerful Type R ever, and will get that raspy soundtrack from a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine; the first time a Type R model has used a turbo.
Honda's Hisayuki Yagi, chief engineer, told TG.com that "in order to achieve our set targets for performance, a turbo was the most suitable technology". Technology suitable for bashing out a power output somewhere north of 276bhp. A lot, therefore.
"It's just a tool," Yagi told TG about the turbo. "We've also put a lot of weight reducing technology in the Type R. It's very usual at Honda where we set performance targets that seem unreachable."
It'll come with a six-speed gearbox powering the front wheels, which we assume will end in a lot of chaos. Not so, says Yagi. "During the planning and concept phase, we considered a four-wheel-drive system and automatic gearbox, but we settled on FWD and that was that.
"With our skills, we can definitely cope with this high output," he added.
It'll be fast. It'll be pointy (just look at it), and it promises to blitz around the Nürburgring too. "We are targeting a value around the ‘Ring that exceeds customer expectation," Yagi told us.