• New Civic Type R Is Honda’s Menacing Answer to the Focus RS

    More Aggressive and Sporty
  • The usual red badges and LED lights are in place
  • The interior get's the usual red treatment and sports seats

Honda confirms it will come to the U.S.! Yey!

Following countless concept cars, teasers, and rumors, the new Honda Civic Type R finally made its official debut in production from at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Set to go on sale this summer, the new Type R shares the same features as the new Civic hatchback, but brings enhanced everything to the table compared to the previous Type R model. The really big news about the upcoming hot-hatch is that it will be finally offered in the United States.

Design-wise, while still recognizable as a Civic hatch, the Type R is decidedly more aggressive. Up front it has massive air intakes, a big splitter, a vented hood and the traditional red badges, while the profile is enhanced by means of beefed-up side skirts and fenders. Around back, the Type R is downright menacing thanks to its center-mounted, three-pipe exhaust, race-inspired diffuser with red accents, and the large wing atop the tailgate.

Needless to say, it makes the Ford Focus RS look like a regular grocery getter.

Styling aside, the Type R hides a lot of performance-oriented upgrades. For starters, torsional rigidity has been improved by 38 percent compared to the previous models, while the new suspension geometry reduces torque steer and enhances the sporty handling. The smoother underbody and the lightweight rear wing deliver "best-in-class balance between lift and drag" according to Honda. I have no idea how the Japanese measured lift and drag for competing models in order to make such a statement, but I guess this should be visible at the race track and a Nurburgring lap would be nice to begin with.

Under the hood of the new Type R lurks a revised turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 320 PS and 400 Nm. This converts to 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet here in the U.S. That’s only ten horses more than the previous model, but the lighter architecture and the stiffer chassis should bring significant improvements in the performance department. For instance, it should be the first Civic Type R to need less than five seconds to hit 60 mph and run the quarter-mile in less than 14 clicks. Routing all that power to the wheels is a six-speed manual transmission improved with a rev match control system.

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Why it Matters

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The interior get’s the usual red treatment and sports seats

While it doesn’t have the output of the Focus RS and lacks an all-wheel-drive system, the new Civic Type R should be as exciting as its

badged rival in terms of on-track performance. The fact that it will finally become available in North America only makes it that much more exciting.

Read our full review on the upcoming Honda Civic Type R here.

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Press Release

Honda has revealed the all-new Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, ahead of the model’s European launch in the summer. The new car builds on Honda’s heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment’s ultimate expression of dynamic purity.

Sharing the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment – both on road and on the race track.

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Revised 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine and 6-speed manual transmission

The 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO ‘heart’ of the multi-award-winning previous generation Type R has been optimised and refined and now produces 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm. Throttle response and driveability have improved thanks to optimised engine control settings.

The smooth and precise six-speed manual transmission is further improved by a rev match control system, ensuring no compromise in the Type R’s intimate, rewarding connection with the driver.

A stiffer chassis and revised suspension

The new Type R takes the lighter, more rigid body shell of the new Civic hatchback and adds further use of adhesive in key areas. Compared to the previous Type R, torsional rigidity is further improved by 38%.

The front Macpherson strut suspension of the standard hatchback is revised with new geometry to minimise torque steer and maximise sporty handling. At the rear, the new independent multi-link system of the standard car is improved with the use of unique high rigidity suspension arms.

Enhanced driving modes

An enhanced selection of driving modes give the car greater usability compared to the previous Type R. A new ‘Comfort’ setting sits alongside agile ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’ modes. Each selection tailors the adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift feeling and throttle response of the car on demand.

Refined aerodynamics for high-speed stability

The all-new Type R has a more comprehensive aerodynamic package than the previous model, including a smoother underbody, front air curtain, a lightweight rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line. The muscular, aggressive body has a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, contributing to greater high speed stability.

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Produced in Europe, exported to major markets worldwide

Production of the new Civic Type R is anticipated to start in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon – the global manufacturing hub for the 10th generation Civic hatchback.

The Type R will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.

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