Fitting the original tyre on to the vehicle - Honda Civic Type R: which tyre will transfer its power to the ground?

Honda Civic Type R: which tyre will transfer its power to the ground?

Stock tyres Published the 27/04/2015 by Julien

The new Civic Type R upsets the hierarchy of compact sports cars. Officially presented at the Geneva Motor Show, it reveals impressive technical features starting with 310hp to be transferred to the front wheels, a real challenge for tyres!

Honda Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show Which tyre manufacturer will be selected as original equipment supplier to unleash the power of the new Civic Type R? - Copyright © : rezulteo

Rarely has a "Type R" been so eagerly awaited. The latest Civic made its first official appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, unveiling a more powerful, technically advanced model.

Under the bonnet, it hides a 4 cylinder turbo engine delivering 310 hp, making it one of the most powerful front wheel drives in history. As a result, announced performance figures are impressive with a top speed of 270 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.

But beyond these raw figures, Honda is mainly communicating on a dynamic efficiency that is set to become a benchmark. The chassis has been carefully designed for offer a more radical use, as can be seen in video footage taken at Nürburgring (see below) where it recorded a lap time of 7'50''63, a lap time that makes this car the fastest in its category.

In this exercise, we know that tyres play a decisive role. The Megane RS, Leon Cupra and the new Focus RS have opted for the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 for their most radical versions.

Tyre prototype Continental Copyright © : rezulteo
Yet, Honda has still to communicate on this point. Although presented at the Geneva Motor Show with Continental prototype tyres, this is no guarantee of its final fitment.

All that we know is that the Civic will be marketed with tyres specially developed by a front line European tyre manufacturer. It will be fitted with the size 235 35ZR19 91Y.