We are told the car will feature a host of eye-catching design enhancements that have been heavily influenced by extensive aerodynamic development and testing, both on computer and in the wind tunnel. The result is a car with exceptional high- speed stability and high levels of downforce.
The superior aerodynamic performance helps make the most of the Civic Type R’s 2.0 litre direct injection VTEC Turbo engine, enabling the car to achieve a top speed of 270 kph (167 mph), unrivalled amongst its front wheel-drive competitors.
A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce — effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. A bespoke rear wing gives the car enhanced visual presence and delivers powerful additional downforce.
A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, cutting drag and enhancing high-speed stability.
To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package for the front wheels, developed specifically for the car. New 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes, filling the wheel arches and accommodating the larger brakes.
Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper, vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the front wheel arches combine to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine.
The Civic Type R will be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in Championship White — a colour shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles.