Honda Civic Type R Slated to Grace US Soil in Late Spring

A glimpse of the future at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

A glimpse of the future at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The 170mph-plus hatchback will be manufactured at Honda's United Kingdom factory in Swindon for markets worldwide, including Japan and the USA.

Based on the new 10th-generation Civic, Honda is calling this the most powerful, quickest, fastest and most agile version of its compact auto ever, and the production model has just debuted at the Geneva Motor Show looking just like the prototype. The new vehicle builds on Honda's heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment's ultimate expression of dynamic purity. However Honda isn't one for options, and while the other usual suspects can easily be loaded up north of $40,000, the Type R will come fully equipped in Touring trim and offer nothing extra.

Some leaked pictures of the finished Type R were published on vehicle websites ahead of the official launch, raining a little on Honda's parade.

Based on the new architecture that underpins the regular Civic hatchback, the Type R is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder VTEC engine, giving 316bhp - an increase of 10bhp over the outgoing model - and 400Nm of torque.

Expect to see the 2017 Honda Civic Type R in showrooms late spring going for somewhere in the mid-$30k range.

All of the above should mean Honda has been able to take a significant step forward in terms of outright performance, but also to meet their goals to improve the Type R's everyday usability - important given this is the first time the Civic Type R is a global seller.

Keeping with the previous Type R's attention-grabbing looks, the new vehicle is every bit as aggressive and left field (see: centre exit triple exhaust) but is a more refined and cohesive design.

'It builds on Honda's heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment's ultimate expression of dynamic purity.

All-new Honda Civic Type R races into view at Geneva.

The 2.0-litre 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 400 Nm.

It says: 'Throttle response and driveability have improved thanks to optimised engine control settings'.

But while the Type R may be the wild child of the usually more sedate Civic family, it is also being made more user friendly. That power is sent to the front wheels thanks to a short-throw six-speed manual transmission that also features automatic rev matching for quick and smooth downshifting.

With all that being said, there isn't much in the way of surprises with this Type R. It's more that all of the components of the most recent European Civic Type R have been polished and incorporated into a more fully realized package.

Compared to the previous generation Type R, the torsional rigidity or stiffness of the chassis is further improved by 38 per cent, which should translate into better and sportier handling. 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. The new look serves function as well as form, with Honda claiming "the best balance of lift and drag" in the class, assisted by a largely flat underbody and vortex generators at the roof's back edge that channel airflow toward the huge rear wing.

It also features more refined aerodynamics for high-speed stability.

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