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New Honda Civic Type R promises to upset the legendary NSX

Honda has revealed details of the all-new Type R. The Japanese manufacturer promises it will be the ‘most extreme and high-performing’ Type R ever – and one that could see the mighty NSX given a run for its money.

The new Honda Civic Type R’s 2.0-litre i-VTEC will have more than 280PS (276bhp), which means it could better the 276bhp of the NSX. There’s no word on performance figures, but Honda says to expect 7,000rpm of red-lining fun and a six-speed manual gearbox.

There will be more to the latest Type R than just power. A new ‘+R’ button will be introduced, which – when pressed – will improve engine responsiveness and make the steering more responsive. The sort of button you press when you want to have a bigger smile on your face, then.

A clever four-point Adaptive Damper System suspension setup will be able to increase or decrease damping force stiffness, allowing the car to adapt to road conditions in less than a second. The front suspension, meanwhile, will feature supporting ‘kingpins’ designed to minimise torque steer.

“Honda has had four Type R model derivatives – the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. The engine in this new Honda Civic Type R is unrivalled against all of them in terms of raw power, torque and engine response,” Honda Civic Type R project leader Suehiro Hasshi commented.

The new Civic Type R will hit UK dealerships in 2015, having been built at Honda’s Swindon plant. Expect a full unveiling at the Paris Motor Show on October 2nd.

The original NSX Type R, which was available in Japan only in 1992, had a 3.0-litre six-cylinder DOHC VTEC engine. There have been numerous reports the legendary Japanese affordable supercar will return. If so, the Type R’s reign of terror could be short-lived.

On a similar note, Honda recently unveiled the Civic Sport.

New Honda Civic Type R concept pictures

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