Road and Track took the time to give us a first drive review of the 2015 Honda Civic Type R in Euro-spec. It should give us an idea of what we can expect with the North American version.
The old naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter and its motorcycle-like 8400 rpm redline are replaced by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four and a 7000 rpm limiter. Surprisingly, it's a single-, not twin-scroll blower. To minimize the effects of turbo lag Honda using its VTEC valvetrain technology to cheat a bit by changing valve lift at lower RPM to boost torque.
There is plenty more in the review. Check out the full review through this link --> http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/first-drives/a25906/first-drive-2015-honda-civic-type-r-uk-spec/But you know, beyond those drag starts, the Civic's front-drive status is of as little importance as the rather capable cheapo twist-beam rear axle. A standard helical limited slip diff helps put the power down, and double-jointed front suspension that separates the front knuckle from the strut to minimize steering interference does an excellent job of quelling torque steer. Three hundred and six horses has rarely been this manageable in a front-driver.