New Honda Civic Type R caught testing at the Nurburgring

Honda’s new Civic Type R has once more been seen testing at the demanding Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

The test mule has already been caught at the track earlier in the year and is thought to be playing a large part in the development of Honda’s returning hot hatch.

Honda confirmed the Type R’s production for 2015 and bosses at the Japanese manufacturer are adamant to take the record at the Nurburgring for a front-wheel-drive production car. The record currently stands at 8min 7.97sec and is held by the Renaultsport Megane 265.

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Automotive magazine Autocar has snapped the car at the iconic race and test circuit, with the publication also catching the Civic Type R in a convoy with a current Vauxhall Astra VXR and a previous generation Ford Focus RS. This suggests that these models are being set as benchmarks for Honda’s new model.

This would make sense after Honda officials told the media at the Geneva motor show that the Type R would receive as much as 300bhp from a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, a similar output to the two rivals. It is likely that Honda’s BTCC winning equivalent will also stand as a major influence on the upcoming model.

Noticeable changes from the regular Civic include a lowered chassis, larger alloys and low-profile tyres, beefed-up brakes, quad exhausts and a bodykit including a large fixed rear wing.

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