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Honda Civic Type-R Concept Flaunts a Turbo-Four in Geneva

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/4/2014 Scott Evans

Honda's broken out the old cliche "racecar for the road" in introducing the Civic Type-R Concept in Geneva, but this car seems to have earned it.

Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva
Honda Civic Type R Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Honda Civic Type R Concept

Much of the Type-R's aggressive styling comes from the Civic World Touring Car Championship racecar, which, incidentally, won said championship last year. There are functional aerodynamic aids all around, from the front splitter to the running boards to the double-stacked rear wing. Handling is said to be influenced by the racecar as well.

Power, meanwhile, comes from Honda's new 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine, the first application of this new engine family. When we drove a prototype last year, it was making "275+ horsepower" and was an absolute screamer on the track. Honda hopes it will power the production Type-R to a new Nurburgring FWD lap record.

Little else was said about the car, but if Honda tradition holds, the production car, will look very much like this concept (though the aero parts probably won't be made of carbon-fiber). The Honda Civic Type-R will hit the streets of Europe next year, and probably still won't come to America. Hopefully, though, the engine and suspension will find their at across the sea and into a Honda or Acura product.

Don't miss our coverage of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show HERE.


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