We knew that the 2017 Honda Civic Type R would be a high-performance car, but when the specs were finally released most experts and enthusiasts were nevertheless taken aback. Unveiled as a prototype at the Paris Motor Show last September, the new Civic Type R came into being as a production model a few weeks ago at the Geneva Auto Show.
2017 Honda Civic Type R: ideal for the track
That’s when we learned that the 2017 Honda Civic Type R would be powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque.
We also discovered that the Civic Type R will only offer a six-speed manual gearbox and that the latter benefits from a reduction in clutch inertia of about 25% compared to the previous generation. Oh, it also offers rev matching.
There is no doubt, the Honda Civic Type R has everything needed under the hood to deliver high-level performance on a track. Especially since its chassis and suspension have also been revised to optimize its performance in the corners.
Based on the Honda Civic Hatchback, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is much more rigid and its suspension has been calibrated for dynamic driving. The Civic Type R also uses a limited slip differential to reduce torque steer and ensure better handling. Its torsional stiffness is 38% higher compared to the Civic Hatchback while bending stiffness gains 45%. In addition, the weight is reduced by about 16 kg compared to the old Type R.
Lightweight, powerful and rigid, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R has all the ingredients to attack the competition on a track. That said, Honda engineers also wanted to make sure that the car would be pleasant to drive on a daily basis.
You can tune how your 2017 Honda Civic Type R drives
That is why it will be possible to adjust the behavior of the car and the main mechanical elements using the Type R’s three driving modes; comfort, sport and +R. Theses modes adjust suspension firmness and change the performance of the accelerator, gearbox, engine, steering as well as its traction and stability control systems to make the car more comfortable or more sporty according to the needs of the driver.
Add to that 20-inch wheels with Continental ContiSportContact 6 tires and Brembo calipers, and you have a quite a car on your hands. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R arrives this summer at Lallier Honda Montreal!
The price has not yet been confirmed, but Honda says it will be about $ 40,000. Come learn more today!