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.