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Honda Civic Type R to Make Production Debut in Geneva

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/28/2015 Joseph Capparella

Honda will finally take the wraps off of the production Honda Civic Type R at the Geneva auto show in March. This comes exactly one year after Honda showed off the racy concept version (pictured) of this high-performance hatchback at the 2014 Geneva show.

Since then, plenty of details have come out about the Honda Civic Type R, but we’re still waiting to hear horsepower numbers from the Type R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. All we know so far is that this engine, which is part of Honda’s new i-VTEC turbo family, will make “ more than 276 ” hp, will hit redline at 7,000 rpm, and will route power through a six-speed manual transmission.

Honda Civic Type R Concept Paris© Provided by MotorTrend Honda Civic Type R Concept Paris Beyond the engine details, Honda has also announced that the Civic Type R will use an adaptive damper system that’s configurable with different driving modes including a +R mode meant for the track. There is also a new so-called “kingpin” suspension setup that’s meant to quell torque steer in the front-wheel-drive Civic Type R.

In terms of looks, we expect the production car to look like a toned-down version of the somewhat extreme red and blue concept versions of the car Honda has shown so far. As the Honda Civic Type R is based on the European-market Civic hatchback, its rakish bodywork may not look so familiar to those used to the staid U.S.-market Civic sedan.

Honda Civic Type R Concept Geneva

The Honda Civic Type R will have some high expectations to live up to when it goes on sale later this year. Honda has already set a goal of beating the front-wheel-drive lap record at the Nürburgring with this new performance hatch. Sadly, it doesn’t seem that the Type R is a likely bet to come to the U.S. market anytime soon, though we won’t give up hope completely.

Stay tuned for more information about the new Honda Civic Type R as it makes its official debut at the Geneva auto show in March.

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

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