Of course, the Type R will have to be usable on a daily basis, too, so Honda's included an adjustable drive mode switch with Sport as the default setting, Comfort mode, and +R mode, which I assume turns everything up to 11, a la Spinal Tap. Oh, and those figures should become 316 hp and 296 pound-feet of torque by the time the Type R makes it accross the big pond.
Under the bonnet of the new Type R is a 2.0-litre VTEC turbocharged petrol engine - a revised version of the unit used in the previous Honda hot hatch.
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. Another new feature is the addition of a rev-matching function, which automatically blips the throttle on downshifts to help smooth gearchanges and maintain momentum.
The front Macpherson strut suspension of the standard hatchback is revised with new geometry to minimise torque steer and maximise sporty handling. Honda's changes are more than skin-deep, mind.
Honda reassures that the Civic Type R will have a mid-$30,000 price range and reminds us that the engine is made in Anna, Ohio, engine plant, while the vehicle is manufactured in Swindon, England.
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Exterior styling remains faithful to the Type R Concept that was unveiled at the Paris motor show last September, which means large mesh air intakes, low front and side splitter, triple-tipped central exhaust and pronounced wheel arches filled with 20-inch rims. Based on the new five-door Civic Hatchback, they say this bad boy has substantial body, chassis and braking upgrades to make it worthy of being the first Type R auto ever sold in the U.S. Meanwhile, sales for the new Civic Type R will commence globally in a few months.
Switching to the Civic X platform makes a world of difference for the Type R. Body rigidity has gone up by 38%, which is a huge deal for any sportscar.
The Civic Type R features a unique suspension setup with its own damper, spring, and bushing calibrations, a dual-axis front suspension with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles, four-wheel adaptive suspension, a helical limited-slip front differential, and an adaptive electric power steering system with variable gear ratio.
After multiple leaks, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is finally official. This will be the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.
Visually, the new Type R scores a more aggressive body kit than ever before, but it is also purposeful with Honda saying the medium between drag, lift and downforce is best in class, to increase the car's road-holding credentials at high speed.
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