The long wait is over as Honda recently revealed the 2017 Civic Type R at this year's Geneva International Motor Show. Billed by the automaker as the fastest and most agile Civic Type R to date, the new high performance five-door gets a powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, as well as a host of body and chassis upgrades.
“The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th generation Civic lineup. We’re happy to inform our U.S. enthusiasts that the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Honda Type R performance is nearly over,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc.
Based off the tenth-generation Civic 5-door hatchback, the 2017 Civic Type R features a radical exterior design. It's safe to say that Honda decided to keep the prototype look for the production vehicle itself. The front fascia is dominated by an aggressive front bumper, along with a tweaked grill. Shod in the wheel wells are 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in 245/30R Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires. Rounding it all off are the massive rear spoiler and centrally-mounted exhaust pipes.
Propelling the 2017 Civic Type R is a turbocharged 2.0-liter i-VTEC inline-four with DOHC and direct injection. It cranks out 320 PS at 6500 rpm along with nearly 400 Nm of torque at 2500 – 4500 rpm. Only one transmission is available for the 2017 Civic Type R, a 6-speed manual transmission with rev match technology. Better acceleration comes courtesy of a new single-mass flywheel (reduces clutch inertia by 25-percent) and a lower final gear ratio.
Underneath, the new Civic Type R gets exclusive spring, damper and bushing settings. The front axle gets a new dual-axis suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckle. Honda claims this will improve cornering, as well as reduce torque steer. Also present are the new four-wheel Adaptive Suspension System with three-chamber dampers, a tweaked adaptive electric power steering system and a helical limited-slip front differential.
Mounted at the front are Brembo 4-pot aluminum calipers with 350mm cross-drilled disc brakes. The rear, on the other hand, gets solid 305mm disc brakes.
Compared to the previous Type R, the new-generation model gets a 38-percent increase in torsional rigidity along with a 45-percent increase in bending rigidity. This was made possible thanks to structural adhesives, use of ultra high-strength steel (14-percent) and installing an aluminum hood. In total, the new Civic Type R weighs 16 kg less than the previous generation.
Beyond that, the 2017 Civic Type R also has three driving modes: Comfort, Sport and +R. Depending on the mode chosen, the system adjusts the steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, vehicle stability assist (VSA) and the adaptive damper system.
In terms of in-car equipment, the new Type R gets the following: 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Navi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 540 watt, 12-speaker audio system with HD radio, bolstered sports seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear boot, and aluminum shift knob and sport pedals as such.
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R will be built at Honda's Swindon plant in the UK while the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will be produced at Honda of America Manufacturing at Anna, Ohio.