While U.S. drivers are still waiting to see specs and pricing for the sporty 2015 Honda Civic Si models, European customers recently were introduced to the true high-performance all-star for the Civic range: the Civic Type R. Set for a formal debut at the upcoming 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile—aka, the Paris Motor Show—the new Type R represents the latest in a long line of (pretty much) Euro-only Honda performance vehicles and is being touted as the best-performing Type R model ever. Which is saying something when you realize that Honda also has given the "Type R" treatment to cars like the classic Acura NSX.
As a starting point, the Type R will offer close to double the horsepower of a standard 2015 Honda Civic, thanks to the first engine to combine turbocharging with the automaker's signature i-VTEC valve technology. More specifically, the 2.0-liter powerplant, from Honda's Earth Dreams engine family, will serve up more than 276 horsepower to "deliver unmatched performance compared to any previous Type R car," according to the brand. Typical of a high-revving i-VTEC engine, that in the new Type R will showcase a redline of 7,000 rpm, while also being paired solely to a six-speed manual transmission.