167mph new Honda Civic Type-R - pictures

More details and pictures have been revealed about the 2015 Honda Civic Type-R hot hatch

The new Honda Civic Type-R hot hatchback will boast a 167mph top speed, Honda has revealed.

The 2015 Civic Type-R uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with Honda’s clever VTEC technology to deliver more performance than the Civic’s front-wheel-drive rivals.

Honda has confirmed that after showing a concept version for some time, the production car will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show. Our image above shows what the car will look like in Honda Type-R’s trademark Championship White paintwork.

The car promises a number of eye-catching exterior features – the front bumper and front wheelarches are shown in these official pictures. But these tweaks aren’t just for show.

Honda says the front bumper and front wings have been shaped to cut through the air as efficiently as possible. A flat panel running underneath the car to improve its aerodynamics, combined with the rear bumper design, effectively suck the car onto the road.

There’s also a large rear spoiler, which will be slightly different from that fitted to the concept that’s shown in our pictures.

A number of vents and grilles serve a cooling function, helping to keep the engine and brakes at their best working temperature.

The 2015 Honda Civic Type-R uses powerful Brembo brakes, which have been developed specifically for the car. Its 19-inch alloy wheels aren’t available elsewhere in the Honda Civic range, either.

Inside, Honda’s official pictures show that the instrumentation will glow red and the dashboard will feature a +R button. Pressing this will increase response from the accelerator, make the steering heavier and increase the volume of the exhaust.

Although there's no official confirmation, prices are expected to start at around £30,000 – a similar amount to the Ford Focus RS, but around £10,000 less than the Mercedes A45 AMG. Honda says around 100 buyers have already paid deposits of £3,000 to secure their place on the waiting list.

The new Honda Civic Type-R comes in the midst of a number of high-performance hot hatch launches. The recently announced Ford Focus RS will produce 318bhp and uses four-wheel drive to achieve a 0-62mph time of less than five seconds.

And on Monday, the fastest-ever production SEAT Leon was revealed. The SEAT Leon Cupra Sub8 Performance Pack has undergone a programme of weight reduction in order to boost performance.

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