After multiple leaks, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is finally official.
The announcement was made during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show where the company’s boss specified that it will be the best balance between performance and comfort.
The Type R codename often refers to a car that is heavily performance driven which is want Honda aims to change this generation. The car is also going to be sold in North America for the first time and is a pleasant surprise for those who live in the United States. The model is powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC petrol engine which produces a total of 316 horsepower combined with 295 lbft of torque. The total weight of the car remains the same as the outgoing model at 1382 kg. With the improved engine, it can go from 0 to 62 mph in about 5.7 seconds.
The powertrain is mated to the familiar six speed manual gearbox setup and has a rev-match control system that ensures drivers experience smooth gearshifts. The base Civic platform has been modified from the ground up to facilitate the new 2017 Honda Civic Type R to offer its peak performance. It is longer, wider and can accommodate the engine as well as the other components easily. Overall torsional rigidity of the car has been increased by 39% compared to the previous edition.
Designers have increased the overall aerodynamics of the car by adding new vortex generators, rear wing made using lightweight materials and a front air curtain. Users can choose between three different driving modes with the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. They are the Sport, Comfort and Track modes. Each one of them will automatically align the car’s overall aerodynamics to offer the necessary performance.
“When we designed the car, we decided that this time it should not only be available for buyers in Europe and Japan but for those in the United States. Our idea was to make the car appealing to a wide range of buyers and by adding the Comfort mode, we believe it will be a valuable addition for North America people. The sound in the old version was pretty high. The newest edition works on it and keeps it under control especially in mid, low range speed so that it doesn’t sound wrong but rather a natural tone is produced,” said R. Kakinuma.
Pricing of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is expected to be above £30,000 for the base model in the UK region. U.S. pricing is not known yet.