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Aerodynamics Help Honda Civic Type R Hatch Reach 167 MPH

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/11/2015 Jason Udy

Although the production version of the new Honda Civic Type R won’t be shown until the 2015 Geneva auto show next month, the automaker has released a few more details along with a few teaser images of the new hot hatch. Due in part to its specially developed aerodynamics package, the new Honda Civic Type R will reach a top speed of 167 mph, according to the automaker.

Honda Civic Type R gauge cluster© Provided by MotorTrend Honda Civic Type R gauge cluster Up front, the new Honda Civic Type R features a wide front splitter that channels air to the deep side skirts, which are said to manage airflow and reduce lift. Attention to the shape of the front bumper helped reduce air turbulence around the front wheels for reduced drag and better high-speed stability. Larger upper and lower front grilles and front fender vents aid cooling of the turbocharged VTEC engine. Other aerodynamic bits include a nearly flat underbody with rear diffuser which combines with a large rear wing for increased downforce and high-speed stability. Civic Type R Front Wheel© Provided by MotorTrend Civic Type R Front Wheel

Additionally, the Honda Civic Type R hatchback’s new 2.0-liter direct-injection VTEC turbo I-4 with “more than 276 hp” will also contribute to the front-drive hot hatch’s 167-mph top speed. The Civic Type R will also feature Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers and 13.8-inch rotors up front behind large 19-inch alloy wheels.

Last year, Honda showed blue and red Honda Civic Type R concepts at the 2014 Geneva auto show. This year, the automaker will show the production car in Championship White and release full details of the new production Honda Civic Type R hatchback. The new Honda Civic Type R hasn’t been confirmed for the U.S. Civic Type R Spiltter© Provided by MotorTrend Civic Type R Spiltter

Images of the Honda Civic Type R concept pictured above.

Related Link: Research the 2015 Honda Civic

Source: Honda


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