The new Type-r is set to tear up ‘the green hell’
ANEWHonda Civic Type-R hot hatch will target the frontwheel-drive production car record for Germany’s famous Nurburgring circuit, known as ‘‘ the green hell’’.
‘‘ With the application of technologies developed through Honda’s participation in the World Touring Car Championships (WTCC), the all-new Type R will aim to become the fastest front-wheeldrive vehicle on the Nurburgring,’’ Honda’s global CEO and president Takanobu Ito promised. It will have to beat the 8 minutes 7.97 seconds set by a Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy in July 2011.
Some mechanical specifications are likely to be revealed at this week’s Paris Motor Show. For the rest we’ll have to wait for next year’s Geneva salon.
The previous Type-R was powered by a high-revving 148kW/193Nm four-cylinder VTEC engine with a CO figure of 219g/km that meant it fell victim to Euro 5 emission standards. The British-built car was discontinued in 2010.
These cars were all naturally-aspirated but, with Mr Ito referring to WTCC technology, it’s highly likely the new hot hatch will emulate the Euros with turbocharging in the form of the 1.6-litre fourcylinder that powers the WTCC Hondas.
The last Type-R model sold here for about $40,000. Honda must keep it below that to be competitive against the growing competition and to regain lost sales.
Mr Ito says the new Type-R is part of a model assault that includes a new mini SUV based on the next Honda Jazz platform, a small open sports car, a fuel-cell car, and a hybrid all-wheel-drive Legend.
Honda Australia is on the Type-R case. ‘‘ It is only confirmed for Europe at the moment, but it’s on our wish list and pretty high up,’’ director Stephen Collins says.
‘‘ We’re looking at that, plus some other things. We’re constantly in discussion with Japan regarding these types of cars. We launched the (hybrid) CR-Z not that long ago and it is our sports car focus, but the role of Type-R is a little different to the CR-Z.
‘‘ The Type-R is also never going to be huge volume, but it adds an important statement to Honda. OurDNA is rich in exciting, sporty cars and the Type-R fulfils that purpose.’’
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