Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Finally, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is Here

Finally, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is Here

The all-new Honda Civic Type-R features three driving modes: "Comfort" setting sits alongside the agile "Sport" and race-obsessed '+R' modes. As before, the Type R's interior is full of carbon-fiber detailing, a slick aluminum shift knob, and a sportier, more menacing instrument cluster design. 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. From the striking aero pieces all the way down to its triple tip center exhaust, it's safe to say the Civic Type R will live up to everyone's expectations in the aesthetic department. The new Type R is based on the new 10th-generation Civic hatchback, and will be built exclusively at the company's facility in Swindon and exported to markets worldwide including Japan and the USA. The short-throw six-speed manual incorporates automatic rev-matching, while the final-drive ratio is shorter and the flywheel is lighter than in the Euro-spec Type R. Yes, the Honda is down 44 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque to the Focus RS, but the front-drive Civic is likely to be lighter than that 3434-pound all-wheel-drive Ford.

But while the Type R may be the wild child of the usually more sedate Civic family, it is also being made more user friendly. It has new springs, dampers and bushings, an entirely new front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for "improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer", a retuned steering system, a helical limited-slip front differential, Brembo brakes and 20-inch wheels with Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires.

Honda showed us a concept version of the Type R a year ago, and thankfully, the production model doesn't stray far, incorporating all of the insane body cladding, massive, devil-horned wing, and triple exhaust pipes that the concept did, in addition to some racy red accents on the exterior trim and throughout the interior.

It comes with three "enhanced driving modes".

Honda says: "The muscular, aggressive body has a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, contributing to greater high-speed stability".

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The Honda Civic Type R has always been one of the most iconic 'hot hatches, ' offering sportcar performance in a body based on the company's 5-door hatchback.

Switching to the Civic X platform makes a world of difference for the Type R. Body rigidity has gone up by 38%, which is a huge deal for any sportscar.

American enthusiasts have been waiting a long time for this.

When it arrives in the US, the 2017 Civic Type R will be available as a loaded variant similar to the range-topping Touring grade in more pedestrian Civics.

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