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2015 Honda Civic Type R - pictures, specification and on-sale details

The new 306bhp Honda Civic Type R will go on sale in the UK this July

Words ByMark Tisshaw

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The Honda Civic Type R goes on sale this summer with prices starting at Β£29,995.

What is it?
The Civic Type R is the fastest and most powerful front-wheel-drive hot hatchback around, eclipsing rivals including the Seat Leon Cupra and Renaultsport Megane.

It follows on from a concept car revealed last year, and comes complete with a sporty look and chassis.

It sits at the peak of the Honda Civic range, and is marked apart in many key areas, with the styling the most obvious. It gets a large set of air intakes on the front bumper, a wide front splitter, deep side skirts, and a large rear wing.

What engines can I choose from?
There is only one engine offered in the Civic Type R: a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 306bhp and 295lb ft. The gearbox is a six-speed manual.

The Civic Type R is front-wheel drive, unlike rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf R and Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, which are four-wheel drive.

How much equipment does it come with?
Honda has yet to confirm the specification for the new Civic Type R ahead of its summer launch in the UK.

The interior gets sports seats trimmed in a suede-effect fabric, a gearknob machined from a block of aluminium, a black headlining and black trim with red double stitching. There is also a touchscreen infotainment system in the centre console.

The Civic Type R comes as standard with 19in alloy wheels, sports suspension and large brakes.

Available in two forms, the entry-level Type R will be joined by a high-spec GT version, which gets dual-zone climate control, a central infotainment system and automatic lights and wipers.

How much will it cost?
The Type R will go on sale for Β£29,995 this July, with higher-spec GT versions costing from Β£32,295.

Can I get a discount?
Discounts are likely to be initially hard to come by.

However, you can get Β£1000 off the rest of the Civic range, and this trend could be repeated in time for the performance version.

How good are its rivals?
The Civic Type R faces an eclectic set of rivals in its hot hatchback price category. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is considerably less powerful but is a five-star car.

The Renaultsport Megane most closely matches the Civic Type R in being a powerful front-wheel-drive hot hatch that is sold on the pure driving experience, and it is a four-star car.

The five-star BMW M235i is our pick at this price point, offering greater performance and a Β£28,501 Target Price.

Anything else I should know?
To access the full potential of the chassis and engine, Honda has equipped the Civic Type R with a β€˜+R’ driving mode, which makes the suspension and steering stiffer and releases more power from the engine.