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A far cry from the hyper-frugal Honda Civic we've had as a business car
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A new Honda Civic Type-R made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s the most extreme Type-R ever built, and it’ll be on the road next year

BUSINESS owners with an eye for a company car with a difference should take a look at the latest version of Honda’s Civic Type-R, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

The car at the show is a concept, giving clues only to the styling of the next Civic pocket rocket, but the way they are talking proves the new Type-R will be a world away from what’s gone before.

the new Type-R will form an essential part of Honda’s campaign to make its cars more appealing to younger buyers

Previous Honda Type-R models have always been muscled-up performance versions of the stock Civic hatch. But according to Honda the new version will be designed from the start as a performance machine, only maintaining the basic look of a road car.

In fact the new car’s design team, based at Swindon where the Civic is built, is going so far as to describe the new Type-R as a “racing car for the road”, and the “most extreme Type-R yet”.

Precise technical details of the new car have not yet been revealed but we are being told that it will use a 2-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with at least 276bhp on tap – that’s nearly 80 horses more than its predecessor.

The new powerplant is the first turbo to be put in a Type-R, and with Honda’s recent advances in engine technology, you can bet the potency won’t come at too much cost of those tax-essential emissions figures.

The arrival of the new Honda Type-R will form an essential part of a Honda campaign to make its cars more appealing to younger buyers. The launch of a new NSX supercar, racing in the World Touring Car Championship and returning next year to Formula One with McLaren should also help to put the average age of a Honda buyer on the slide. 

 

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Subtle it ain’t, but expect both eye-watering performance from the 276hp turbocharged engine, and more than an eye on business car essentials like emissions and economy

To Honda UK boss Phil Crossman, such moves are essential as he tries to boost the brand’s sales figures, but he’s confident.

“After a few challenging years we have a lot of exciting things coming up over the next year including four new models and of course the re-entry into Formula One – we will start seeing quite a buzz around Honda once again,” Crossman says.

 “The Type R and NSX, as well as Formula One will get us in front of a younger audience and hopefully we can then push on for 90,000 sales a year in five years time,” he adds. Last year Honda sold 55,000 cars in the UK.

So if you are a business owner who likes something with a little pace, or if you’re fortunate enough to have a user-chooser allowance that allows you to jump in something like this, the new Honda Civic Type-R will likely fit the bill.

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Honda Civic Type-R: rear view might be a problem reversing in the company car park; but this car is made for going forwards. Fast

 

But you will need to be patient – it’s not expected in showrooms for at least a year.

Meanwhile for those with less exotic tastes, there’s always the more sober Honda Civic diesel with its fuel-sipping diesel engine and low company car tax. Read our review here

 

See the race track development story of the Honda Civic Type-R 

 


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