We recently attended the 2015 Honda Civic Type R press launch out in Slovakia. It has been five years since you have been able to purchase a Honda Civic Type R in the UK and I am now pleased to say that from the summer of 2015 the red badge will be making come back.
The Honda Civic Type R is still powered by a 2.0-litre petrol VTEC engine, that is now complemented by a mono scroll turbocharger to boost both the efficiency and performance of the engine. The car creates 306bhp and 400Nm of torque, all this power goes through a 6-speed manual gearbox to the front wheels. The car can get from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and will do a top speed of 167mph.
We were lucky enough to get a go in the car before the general public, whilst out in Slovakia we got the opportunity to test this performance car on both the road and race track. Here are a selection of videos from our time with the car.
Press Launch Experience
The press launch was designed to show off all things great about the Type R as both a road and track car. The video below summarises all the experiences we had on the trip.
Honda Civic Type R Track Test
The Civic Type R’s performance was incredible on the track. Watch this video of me taking on the Slovakia Ring.
Hot Lap with BTCC Driver Gordan Shedden
To give a real example of just how good the car is Gordan Shedden, a British racing car driver, took me out for a couple of hot laps. The performance that Gordan was able to get out of the car was ridiculous, excuse me looking scared in the passenger seat.
2015 Honda Civic Type R Road Test
We got to take the Honda Civic Type R out on the roads of Slovakia and through to Austria. You can see some of the highlights here of opening the car up on real roads.