Designers call it a “racing car for the road”, and the wild bodywork lives up to the billing. Dramatically flared wheelarches with vents behind them, an enormous rear wing with integrated LED brake lights and a full-width diffuser with quad exhausts make the Type R look more like a touring car than something designed to be driven every day.
Honda is keeping the focus firmly on design in Geneva, and doesn’t plan to release any technical details on the Type R. But after driving a prototype in Tokyo, we know it’s targeting an output in excess of 276bhp and 400Nm of torque from the Type R’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.
Previous Honda Civic Type R models have used the unique VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) engine, which uses different camshaft profiles to produce extra power when it's needed. This new model should be quicker and more efficient than before, thanks to the new turbo engine, but the character of the car will be different this time around.
We expect the car to go from 0-62mph in around six seconds, but still be able to manage about 40mpg. That's in contrast to the previous model's 31mpg economy. The old model had a firm ride, too, which we hope will be improved in this new model.
Honda has also revealed more on the NSX’s mechanicals. The supercar will get a longitudinally mounted direct-injection twin-turbo V6, with the three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system. Both cars go on sale in the UK in 2015.