Honda revealed the all-new Honda Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in preparation for a European launch in the summer.
The Honda Civic has always been a compact 5-door hatchback built with the driver in mind, and this new car builds on that, adding in high-performance and dynamism - as its current Type R incarnation does - to "deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment, both on road and on the race track."
At the heart of the new Type R is a revised 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine producing 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm, 6-speed manual transmission and a rev match control system, all optimised and refined to produce a no-compromise and intimate drive.
There is a stiffer chassis and a revised suspension added to the already lighter, more rigid body shell of the new Civic hatchback, increasing torsional rigidity by 38%. Front suspension has been revised to minimise torque steer and maximise sporty handling, and at the rear, the independent multi-link system of the standard Civic has been improved with unique high rigidity suspension arms.
When it comes to actual drive of the car, the new and enhanced selection of driving modes in the Type R allows greater choice, with a new ‘Comfort’ setting added to the existing ‘Sport’ and ‘+R’ modes, each option specifically tailoring adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift feeling and throttle response of the car on demand to produce the required response.
And with a more comprehensive aerodynamic package than the previous model, including a smoother underbody, front air curtain, a lightweight rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line, the new Type R will be able to race into view with greater confidence, its muscular, aggressive body demonstrating a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, contributing to greater high speed stability.