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.
Named as the most eagerly anticipated car launch of 2017 by the readers of WhatCar?, the all new Honda Civic Type R comes hot on the heels of the current model, which is expected to fast become a modern classic with only 2,500 on UK roads.
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.
Revised 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO Engine and 6-speed Manual Transmission
The 2.0litre 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 400Nm. Throttle response and drive ability 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 rewarding connection with the driver.
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 and Refined Aerodynamics
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 trackfocused ‘+R’ modes. Each selection tailors the adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift feeling and throttle response of the car on demand.
The all new Type R has a more comprehensive aerodynamic package than the previous model, including a smoother under body, 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.
Register your interest in the all new Honda Civic today with Donnelly Group Honda in Ballymena, Belfast, Dungannon and Eglinton. To enquire please call your nearest Donnelly Group Honda centre to speak to a specialist:
Donnelly Honda Ballymena on 028 2544 0047
Donnelly Honda Dungannon on 028 8744 0401
Donnelly Honda Belfast on 028 9590 7858
Donnelly Honda Eglinton on 028 7122 0502