Honda Civic Type R is too much of everything

Posted March 08, 2017

It is built alongside the more mainstream 10th generation Honda Civic hatchback at Swindon, which is the global manufacturing hub for both cars.

The Civic Type-R is slated to offer more power than the existing's 306 horsepower.

A Honda spokesman said: 'The new Type R further refines the sporty dynamics of new Civic hatchback, heightening driving performance.

The long-awaited Civic Type R, slated to go on sale in the U.S.in late spring with an MSRP in the mid-$30k range, is the first ever Type R-badged Honda to be sold on American soil. The red Honda badge that's de rigueur among Type R variants is featured prominently in front and back.

A reworked version of the ninth-gen Type R's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol VTEC engine has a revised power output of 235kW, but its torque figure is unchanged at 400Nm.

The vehicle will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission, putting to rest false rumours about Honda wanting to equip the Type R with a CVT automatic gearbox.

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The Type R's body is 14% ultra-high strength steel, while lightweight components, such as the aluminum hood, bring down the overall weight. Faux carbon-fiber trim adorns the dashboard, while a serialized Type R plaque on the center console should make owners feel special. Compared to the already aggressive-looking standard Civic hatch, the Type R gets even larger air intakes, a large front splitter and a bonnet-mounted air intake, so it's not exactly something you'll want to see hogging your rear-view mirror. The new auto builds on Honda's heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment's ultimate expression of dynamic purity.

Debuting on Tuesday at the 2017 Geneva auto show, and heading to US showrooms late this spring, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is set to battle the hot Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R.

The outgoing Type R required the standard Civic's platform to be significantly re-engineered, so the model launched a long time after the regular hatchback. The Japanese hot hatch keeps numerous outgoing model's go-faster parts, but which have been retuned to provide an even more hardcore driving experience.

The wait for Honda's hottest Civic is nearly over. Throttle response and driveability have improved thanks to optimised engine control settings.

Inside, there's a new driving mode system which can be switched between Comfort, Sport, and +R.

The added strengthening to the body, paired with the new chassis, also means that torsional rigidity has been increased by 38 per cent. Honda also promises "best-in-class balance between lift and drag" for better stability all around.