The Paris motor show won’t be the first time we see the upcoming Honda Civic Type R — technically still a concept, according to the automaker — but we are learning a bit more about this intriguing, hot hatch which apparently won’t be headed to the United States.
Honda mentions a “steer axis” system, some sort of mechanical means of reducing torque steer involving kingpins. We’re eager to learn more. Combined with front and rear adaptive damper systems, the steer axis should help the front-wheel drive hatch put its power down to pavement in a drama-free manner.
Speaking of output, we’re still not sure what, exactly, the car’s turbocharged 2.0-liter is good for. For now, Honda is promising “at least” 276 hp, 71 hp more than the already fun 2014 Civic Si. There’s an “+R” driving mode that modifies torque-mapping and tightens steering response.
We’re also told that the Civic Type R has been “developed and engineered for European drivers.” It’ll be built in the U.K., and it will go on sale in Europe next year. Honda has given absolutely no indication that it will be offered in the United States. So it looks like we will all be missing out on this car.