306-hp Honda Civic Type R taunts us from Europe

The Honda Civic Si we can buy in America makes a respectable 205 all-motor hp. Europe gets the all-new turbocharged Civic Type R with 100 more ponies.

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The Honda Civic Si we can buy in America makes a respectable 205 all-motor hp.  Europe gets the all-new turbocharged Civic Type R, which makes 100 more ponies. Here it is in all its glory.  
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It's finally official, the 2015 Honda Civic Type R debuts in full production trim at the Geneva Auto Show. Its 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo four makes 306 hp and 295 lb-ft.
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Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. No flappy paddles here—if you want to drive the R, you need to know how to use the clutch pedal. 0-62 mph takes 5.1 seconds, and the car's top speed is an estimated 167 mph. 
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The flamboyant aero elements are all functional. Everything from the flat underbody to the rear wing and diffuser are designed to maximize downforce. 
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Enlarged grilles and intakes gulp more cooling air than the garden-variety Euro Civic. The red trim indicates the GT pack, which also includes a host of creature comforts like sat nav and a full complement of safety-oriented driver aids like lane-departure warning and city braking.
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13.7-inch Brembo discs are standard up front, as are adaptive dampers with four settings, ranging from comfy cruising to...less so. The car's +R mode puts all systems at their most dynamic settings. 
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Hope you like red and black—that's the signature color combo for the new Type R's passenger cabin. Grippy, sueded, high-back front buckets are standard. So is electric power steering, to no one's surprise. 
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The shifter is machined aluminum, and the driver gets a flat-bottomed steering wheel with a center-line marker. Honda says the Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension combats torque steer. For the driver's sake, we sure hope so...
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Complete specs won't be released until closer to the car's retail launch this summer. 
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And yes, the chances of seeing the new Type R in North America are approximately 0%. We still need to wait for the naturally aspirated VTEC to kick in, yo. In Europe? Time Attack Mode on the trip computer, baby. 
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