The 2015 Honda Civic Type R. Europe’s New Toy.
In recent automotive news, auto maker Honda released some information about their favorite vehicular pop icon the Civic. Well before I get started, there’s good news, and bad news. The Good, there’s a new Civic Type R being developed to launch onto the streets by 2015. The Bad, it’s a Euro spec Civic, and will never reach the states, and I think I know why.
So as I mentioned earlier Honda has been developing a the latest version of their Civic for the 2015 release year. A little odd to let the world in some news that they now have to wait at least a year for, don’t you think? The 2015 Honda Civic Type R is a project that Honda has payed very close attention to over the past years, and they believe in making this new Civic the one that everyone wants to own. For the die hard Honda fans, the styling of the 2015 Honda Civic Type R is that of the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) 4 door regulated body style. This new Civic flaunts an aggressive looking front fascia, where the headlights haven’t changed much, but the lower fascia has a new set of LED style, mesh inserts for all day road use. The shape of the 2015 Honda Civic Type R is that of a small space pod, where it’s lines flow smoothly from front to back, and your eyes happen to stop at the rear of the car where, you will now find a few things. One would be the very odd shaped taillights, that seem to be acting as supports for this small bridge like platform, from where this new, and pretty tall rear spoiler now resides. The almost paper thin wing has been placed there for the utmost in aerodynamic assistance, whereby channeling all fast flowing, for the most down force possible in a sedan.
Power for the 2015 Honda Civic Type R, is something very new to the Civic name, and that would be anything over 200hp. This new motor, and transmission are to be able to output an amazing 256hp, and 265lb feet of torque. Something that has never really been heard of from the Honda camp. There’s no exact information on the engine type, or the block used, or even if the transmission is a six(6) speed or sequential. For now those are still secrets, but what we do know is that, Honda is aiming to have their name sit in front of the title of Fastest FWD to run the Nurburgring. As of now that title is held be the Renault Megane RS Trophy car.
Now here’s the thing, Honda is developing this car for the European market, and not the US, for a simple reason. Unbeknownst to a lot of Gearheads out there, Honda’s popularity with the Tuner Community has fallen off severely. Everyone who bought, tinkered with, and then customized Civics & Integras have basically all grown up, and moved on bigger and better cars. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a strong following, but the Tuners are not customizing 2000 Generation Civics, as much as they would a 1995 to 1999 Honda. The Civic in America has gone Green, and lost it’s Balls. If you ask the average guy on the street, he would tell you that a Civic is girls car now. Plain and simple. If Honda were to bring the Type R to the states, it might just spark something that has been long gone, and missing from the Civic name, Enthusiasm.