Honda goes +R

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Revealed at the Paris Motor Show was the Honda Civic Type R, saying that this new car will usher in a new performance era for the brand.

The 2016 Civic Type R will be powered by a 2.0 liter i-VTEC engine from the company’s Earth Dreams Technology family and will produce over 275 hp thanks to a turbocharger helping boost low-end power delivery. But even more important, Honda is saying the Civic Type-R and its powerplant “is unrivalled against” all previous Type R models including the Civic, Integra, Accord and NSX. Now while 275 BHP is not to be sneered at, there are many other engines that can deliver that number of horses, including the now older SR20 DET from the Sylvia range.

Chief engineer Suehiro Hasshi, said the model’s appeal will be far greater than just a new high-performance engine. The 2016 Civic Type R boasts numerous engineering innovations and enhancements that will make it a “true driver’s car, worthy of wearing the famous red ‘H’ badge.”

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Honda revealed that the Civic Type R will feature a +R button, similar to the BMW’s M button. Once activated, the +R mode will heighten engine response while torque-mapping will be changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. In addition, steering will become more responsive and along with the Adaptive Damping System, the Civic Type R will offer the ultimate handling experience.

“In default standard mode, the Civic Type R is exceptionally agile, an everyday sports car with an enjoyable and fluid acceleration,” said Hasshi. “The ‘+R’ button brings out a more dynamic and athletic car for the driver. The difference in character is immense. The ‘+R’ mode is extreme; the car is ideal for track use and will be appreciated by the genuine sports-driving enthusiast.”