2017 Honda Civic Type R debuts in Geneva, set to arrive in US next month

Article by Christian A., on March 10, 2017

Folks, we bet this is one car you’ve been waiting to get your hands on. Earlier this week, Honda unveiled the 2017 Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, before it becomes available at the US dealerships this spring. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the production-ready Civic Type R packs an impressive 306 hp and 295lb-ft of torque.

Honda made a series of modifications under the body to provide the new Civic with the most fitting performance credentials it is entitled to. The new suspensions will enhance steering feel while keeping the torque steer in moderation.

The powerful engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential to keep the Civic’s front wheel drive under control. In addition, the Type-R specific hatchback comes with dual-axis front suspension as well as multi-link rear suspension setup with adaptive dampers.

For its braking power, the new Honda Civic Type R features the 13.8 inch four-piston Brembo front brake calipers with cross drilled rotors up front and single pistons at the rear.

Much like the rest, Honda’s performance hatchback now comes with three available driving modes. The Comfort, Sport and +R modes come with the appropriate stability, damper, throttle and steering set-ups.

The new Civic Type R already looks familiar as its prototype version had been unveiled the previous year. According to Honda, the new Civic Type R will also come fully loaded with Touring specs. In this case, it will come with the standard 7-inch touch screen with navigation, Android and Apple Car Play integration as well as Honda’s premium audio system. Its interior features include heavily bolstered performance seats with Type R trim and Type-R specific instrument cluster.

Since the Civic Type R will only be offered in just one model platform, which is the hatchback, it will nevertheless come with massive rear wing, fender flares and air vents to make it competitive against its closest rivals in the market. The rest of the exterior is decked with performance-ready 20-inch alloy wheels, 245/30 Continental ContiSportContact-6 tires and LEDs.

The European-spec’d Type R is currently enjoying the spotlight at 2017 Geneva Motor Show. However, the US audience doesn’t have to wait that long since it will also be showcased momentarily at the New York Auto Show next month. Although the new Civic’s turbo engine will be coming from Honda of America, all hatchbacks including the latest Civic Type R will be assembled in England. There are no prices yet but more or less it will arrive at the shores with a $30,000 starting price.

Press Release

The Wait Is Nearly Over: New 2017 Honda Civic Type R Makes Global Debut at Geneva Motor Show

Honda today took the wraps off one of the most anticipated models in its history with the unveiling of the production 2017 Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited Civic Type R, slated to go on sale in the U.S. in late spring with an MSRP in the mid-$30k range, is the first ever Type R-badged Honda to be sold on American soil. The Type R will feature a high performance 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain, substantially upgraded body and chassis, and other track-ready, Nürburgring-tuned and tested performance components. The 2017 Civic Type R will make its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 12, 2017.

“The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th generation Civic lineup,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president & general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “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!”

The new Civic Type R, sharing the body style of the 5-door hatchback variant of the tenth-generation global Honda Civic platform, will be powered by a U.S.-built 2.0-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine with peak ratings of 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. The engine will be mated exclusively to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching capability – employing automatic throttle blips for smoother shifts and power delivery. A new single-mass flywheel reduces clutch inertia by 25 percent versus the previous (European) Type R and a lower final gear ratio is employed to improve acceleration response.

The Civic Type R chassis builds on the major upgrades undertaken for the 10th- generation Civic makeover with model-exclusive spring, damper and bushing settings, a new Dual-Axis front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer; a new four-wheel Adaptive Suspension System with three-chamber dampers; a retuned and adaptive dual-pinion electric power steering system with variable gear ratio; and a helical limited-slip front differential. Mounted to the suspension are 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels shod with 245/30R 20 Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires. Decisive stopping power comes from Brembo 4-pot aluminum calipers squeezing 350mm (13.8-inch) cross-drilled rotors at the front. The rear braking system features solid 305mm (12-inch) rotors.

The Type R’s scalpel-sharp responses are further enhanced by a body more rigid than the substantially improved Civic Hatchback on which it’s based – with a 38 percent increase in torsional rigidity and 45 percent gain in bending rigidity versus the previous Civic Type R – enhancing steering response and cornering stability while mitigating body vibration and cabin noise. The improvements are made possible by the application of structural adhesive throughout the body. Ultra-high strength steel is used for 14 percent of the body structure, and the Type R has an aluminum hood, contributing to a 16 kg (35 lb) reduction in body weight versus the previous Type R, and a 7 kg (15 lb) reduction versus the base 2017 Civic Hatchback.

The 2017 Civic Type R is designed to reward the driver in all driving conditions, on the track and on the street, and features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. The driver selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev- matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System. Utilizing new, three-chamber dampers, individual stroke sensors and three vehicle-G sensors, the new damper system offers a wider range of variability for ride comfort and dynamic handling response.

The 2017 Civic Type R will launch this spring in a single, premium-contented Touring trim. A 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with embedded Honda Navigation system has both Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM compatibility; and should the driver ever tire of hearing the Type R growl, a 540-watt, 12-speaker audio system with SiriusXM 2.0, HD Radio and Pandora compatibility is also provided as standard.

Additional interior Type R features include heavily bolstered sports seats, leather- wrapped steering wheel and shift boot, aluminum shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, red Type R driver’s meter and serialized Type R plate on the center console.

The Civic Type R will be manufactured by Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing in Swindon, England, with its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine made by Honda of America Mfg. at its Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. Pricing specifics and additional details on the 2017 Civic Type R will be provided closer to launch.

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