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New Honda Civic Type R Has a Top Speed of 167 MPH

Special aerodynamics for the super Civic.

Impressive aerodynamics and power allow the upcoming Honda Civic Type R to reach a top speed of 167 mph, a serious feat for a front-wheel drive hatchback and one of the fastest cars in its segment. The aerodynamics on the new Type R (the concept version is shown) were developed with extensive testing in wind tunnels to enable such high velocities.

The Honda Civic Type R features a completely flat underside covering, allowing the rear diffuser and the front splitter to produce the maximum amount of downforce. Additionally, a large rear wing with an integrated airfoil helps push the Type R onto the road at speed.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged engine, and will produce more than 276 hp and hit redline at 7,000 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission will send power to the front wheels. To reign in the grunt from the engine, the Honda Civic Type R features a specially designed heavy-duty Brembo brake package, with large four-piston calipers in the front. New19-inch wheels are unique to the Type R, allowing for clearance for the large 13.8-inch front disc brakes. Large upper and lower grilles in the front bumper, along with fender vents pull heat from the engine, and allow for an increase in cooler air to reach the 2.0-liter turbo.

The next generation of the super-Civic will make its debut at the upcoming 2015 Geneva auto show. Unfortunately, we will most likely never see it reach U.S. shores. As consolation, take a look at the Honda Civic Type R teasers below, and look for extended coverage once the car makes its debut at the Geneva auto show.