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Finally: A New Civic Type R - But We’ve Got To Wait

The DriveWrite Archives Topics:  Honda Civic

Finally: A New Civic Type R - But We’ve Got To Wait

Geoff Maxted
September 11, 2013

Honda Civic
Honda has revealed that the hotly anticipated new Civic Type R will be powered by a direct injection turbocharged 2-litre engine and will deliver at least 280PS. The car has already been put through its paces by Honda’s WTCC driver, the legend that is Gabriele Tarquini, and a rather good film demonstrating its storming performance and handling on the Nurburgring can be viewed here www.myjourneys.com/typer.

Last year Honda confirmed ambitions for the Civic Type R to become the fastest front wheel drive car around the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany. The car still faces a further two years of development before going on sale in 2015 however, on-track testing has already begun. Speaking at the Frankfurt Motor Show Manabu Nishimae, President, Honda Motor Europe, added; “We have recently spent a week at the Nurburgring, carrying out extensive testing and we are on target, and have already set a time approaching the lap record.”

Equally as important - although not as exciting - Honda has also confirmed the new Civic Tourer will achieve impressively low CO2 emissions from just 99g/km and an outstanding 74.3mpg when powered by Honda’s 1.6 i-DTEC engine. The British built (Swindon!) Civic Tourer builds on the strengths of the hatchback model, offering class leading boot space and practicality and will go on sale in early 2014.

You pay your money and take your choice. What’s it to be - fast or frugal?

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