In order to match the preferences of each driver, Honda has included three driving modes (comfort, sport and +R) that adjust steering, throttle response, rev-matching, vehicle stability assist, and adaptive damper system for the flawless driving experience. Faux carbon-fiber trim adorns the dashboard, while a serialized Type R plaque on the center console should make owners feel special.
Under the hood sits an American-made turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 delivering 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and it's all sent to the front wheels. 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. A six-speed manual will be the sole transmission available, and it will have automatic rev-matching for smoother downshifts.
Although Honda is being tight-lipped about exact figures, the new Type R is expected to be priced from just over £30,000.
The front Macpherson strut suspension of the standard Civic hatchback is revised with new geometry to minimise torque steer and maximise sporty handling.
Visually, the new Type R retains its trademark extrovert styling, but Honda claims the new model has a "more comprehensive aerodynamic package" than its predecessor.
The added strengthening to the body, paired with the new chassis, also means that torsional rigidity has been increased by 38 per cent.
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Honda's given the Type R three drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and +R. The world premiere of the fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in North America took place at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show when the Japanese manufacturer unveiled the production Civic Type R. Each selection tailors the adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift feeling and throttle response of the auto on demand.
The Civic Type R, which will be built at Honda's plant in Swindon and exported around the world, will go on sale in the United Kingdom this autumn, with prices expected to rise slightly over the £30,000 entry point for the current model.
The current Type R has been criticised for being too performance-focused, so this move is an acknowledgement that a more middle-of-the-road approach is needed in order to attract a broader audience, not least in the USA, where the Type R will be sold for the first time.
Our idea was to make the vehicle appealing to a wide range of buyers and by adding the Comfort mode, we believe it will be a valuable addition for North America people.
As the good folks at Honda reminded us today, the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Type R performance is almost over.