Honda has taken the covers off the 2017 Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show. This high-performance hatchback will first see a release in the North American market during this spring, followed by other global markets.
2017 Honda Civic Type R derives its power from the brand’s famed 2.0-litre turbo-four VTEC engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. Honda claims that this motor has been optimised and refined to deliver 316bhp (320PS) of power and 400Nm of torque. This makes it 10bhp more powerful than the old model.
The hot-hatch’s gearbox, too, has been revised. It’s said to be smoother and precise than before. The improved rev match control system further enhances its drivability. Carrying a kerb weight of 1,382kg, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R can do 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds.
The updated model comes with three driving modes – Comfort (new*), Sport and track-focused ‘+R’. While Comfort and Sport modes are default settings, the +R controls steering response, suspension and rev-matching settings, throttle mapping and stability control intervention.
Suspension setup includes front MacPherson strut and new independent multi-link rear system. While the former has been revised with new geometry for achieving maximum sporty handling and minimise torque steer, the latter one has improved high rigidity arms.
Having the lighter and more rigid body shell, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R has achieved 38% improvement in the torsional rigidity. The new hot-hatch gets better aerodynamics package with front air curtain, a lightweight rear wing, a smoother underbody and vortex generators on the roof line.
Honda claims that the 2017 Civic Type R offers best-in-class balance between lift and drag that aids to its high speed stability.
2017 Honda Civic Type R runs on 20-inch wheels and 20-inch Continental ContiSportContact 6 tyres, which stops using Brembo four-pot front rotors.
The new hot-hatch’s sport seats come as standard. The car also gets leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum shift knob and pedal set, leather shift boot and lots of red accents.
Other features on offer are a seven-inch touchscreen, navigation, a 540-watt audio system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.