Honda stuns the hatch segment with a cool revision of its race-inspired Civic Type R hatch. The 2017 Type R boasts a 2.0-liter VTEC turbo engine and high-performance modifications.
The new Type R was engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hatch segment – both on road and on the race track. Building on Honda’s heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, the new Civic Type R represents the segment’s ultimate expression of supreme athletic style.
The all-new Type R’s muscular, aggressive body has a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, contributing to greater high speed stability. The turbo hatch has a comprehensive aerodynamic package that includes a smoother underbody, front air curtain, a lightweight rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line.
The new Type R takes the lighter, more rigid body shell of the new Civic hatchback and increases torsional rigidity by 38%. The front Macpherson strut suspension is revised with new geometry to minimize torque steer and maximize sporty handling. At the rear, the new independent multi-link system is improved with the use of unique high rigidity suspension arms.
The refined 2.0-liter VTEC 4 cylinder produces 315 horsepower with and 295 lb-ft of torque. Optimized engine control settings improve throttle response and driveability. The smooth and precise six-speed manual transmission is enhanced by a rev match control system.
Three driving modes give the car greater usability compared with a new ‘Comfort’ setting alongside agile ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’ modes. Each selection tailors the adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift and throttle response.
Production of the new Civic Type R will start in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon – the global manufacturing hub for the 10th generation Civic hatchback. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in the States.