Ahead of the 2015 Honda Civic Type R being unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2015, a number of images have leaked online of the production-spec car wearing absolutely no camouflage.
While on first appearances the road-going car bears a striking resemblance to the concept, there are a selection of visual elements which have been changed. At the front for example, a less aggressive splitter has been installed alongside round fog lights and new headlights. Additionally, the arches aren’t quite as flared as the Civic Type R concept.
Arguably the most obvious point of different between the completed car and the concept is at the rear. The rather futuristic rear wing and taillight design somewhat reminiscent of the McLaren P1 has been ditched. In its place are taillights very similar to the standard Honda Civic while the wing then appears to have been mounted on top. Finally, we can see that the 2015 Honda Civic Type R includes a menacing rear diffuser and quad exhaust pipes.
Honda is still refusing to release official performance details for the new turbocharged 2.0-litre i-VTEC petrol engine powering the next-gen Civic Type R other than confirming it will delivering over 276 hp. Torque will reportedly sit around the 300 lb-ft mark with power conceivably reaching 320 hp. Whatever the case may be, we know it will rev to at least 7000 rpm.
In typically Honda fashion, peak end power will be provided by the i-VTEC system with the turbocharger providing extra power lower in the rev-range. Thankfully, Honda has decided to fit the new Civic Type R with a traditional six-speed manual transmission and the car will inevitably reach 100 km/h in the mid-5 second range.