Honda premiered their all new Honda Civic Type-R at the Geneva Motor Show 2017. Prices will start from round £32,000 when it arrives in UK Honda showrooms in July. That said, the Civic has been one of the most popular nameplates for Honda in India in the past decade. There’s big bold air intakes in the front bar, a slotted front hood, big rear wing, but its the tri-exhaust rear-end that’s the real stand out.
Styling aside, the Type R hides a lot of performance-oriented upgrades.
To account for the Civic Type R’s new performance capabilities, Honda made sure to increase torsional rigidity by 38% and bending rigidity by 45% over the previous Civic Type R (not available in the U.S.).
Under the hood of the five-door hatchback is an Ohio-built, 2.0 liter, turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine pushing out 306 horsepower and 295 pounds per foot of torque. A short-throw 6-speed manual gearbox is the only transmission choice, featuring rev-matching capability and powering the car’s front wheels.
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The 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO “heart” of the multi-award-winning previous generation Type R has been optimised and refined and now produces 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm.
Honda says the Type R body is more rigid than the Civic hatchback it’s based on (thanks to added structural adhesive) and 15 pounds lighter as well.
There’s also a completely redone suspension setup that’s created to reduce torque steer and improve at-the-limit handling.
While the Honda comes as a front-wheel drive vehicle, the Focus RS is an all-wheel drive vehicle.
The new Civic offers the three new settings for driving modes: Comfort, Sport and +R, Evo reported.
Additional go-fast goodies include adaptive, variable ratio dual-pinion electric steering system, a helical limited-slip differential, and black painted, thin-spoke, 20-inch wheels wrapped in 245/30 performance tires and ringed by a red outer edge.
The 2017 Civic Type R will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 12, 2017.
Production of the new Type R is expected to start at Honda’s United Kingdom plant in Swindon during this summer, with deliveries following during the autumn.
This Honda Civic Type R is the 10th model from the Japanese manufacturer to wear the famous Type R badge since 1992, and Honda has targeted an improvement in overall dynamic performance, high-speed stability and on-track ability for the auto.