Yes, I admit it. I’m a fan of the Honda Civic, and I always have been. But, I’m not one of those Civic lovers. You know, the kind that screws on a plywood body kit, or every piece of $10 hardware I can pick up at the local auto store. No you’d be doing yourself a favor to keep your fluorescent orange paint job, your sticky vinyl graphics, the neon underflow, and your boeing 747 wings off of your Honda. I love the Honda Civic, as pure as it can be.
My love for the Honda Civic stems from it’s history and legacy. There’s something great when a car manufacturer takes an economy car, designed to squeeze every mile out of your precious gasoline, and decides to make it perform. From the first Civic Si back in ’86, up until today I’ve always appreciated the little thing. Sure, it’s never been anywhere close to the fastest car on the street, but it’s still fun to drive.
However, I’ve never wanted to own a Honda Civic quite like this before. Honda is getting it right, improving on their past history and making something amazing. The new 2015 Honda Civic Type R Concept that they released in Geneva this week is taking the blowing away the past. Honda claims they’re putting at least 280hp under the hood in the form of a turbocharged 2.0 liter.
In the past, Honda has simply retuned the engine, given a few extra valves, or upped the displacement by a few parts of a liter. The idea was to make a compact car go faster. With this new Type R concept, they are literally making a race car for the road. Honda’s goal is to make it the fastest front-wheel drive car on the road.
The styling is a bit over-the-top, yet still amazingly aggressive. I suspect the elements that seem to be over the top, are there for a good reason. The large wing in the back is likely to compensate for the lack of an AWD system. The quad-tip exhaust may be necessary to release the massive pressure of taking a 2.0 liter engine all the way up to 280hp. The giant red Brembo calipers need to be there to bring the car safely to a stop. The list could continue on.
If you hate Honda, so be it. You probably have a good reason. There have been a lot of people out there to ruin the reputation of the imports. I, for one, won’t let that spoil my opinion. This new Type R concept revives my faith in the brand. Honda is about to release an amazing Civic that is pure speed and fun.
What do you think?
Is it still an annoying little can of bumble bees? Or, does the 2015 Civic Type R concept demand respect?