Production 2017 Civic Type-R stays true to Show Concept

Posted March 08, 2017

That leaves the new Type R with 316bhp.

Under the hood of the new Type R lurks a revised turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 320 PS and 400 Nm.

Inside, the standard Civic interior has been upgraded for Type R duty with heavily bolstered sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift boot, aluminum shift knob, and aluminum pedals.

The new Type R takes the lighter and more rigid body shell of the new Civic hatchback. Those are the same numbers as the old European-market Civic Type R, so we think it's either the same exact engine, or one that's largely similar.

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The front Macpherson strut suspension of the standard Civic hatchback is revised with new geometry to minimise torque steer and maximise sporty handling.

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. The production-spec 2017 Honda Civic Type R carries the new design and underpinnings from the tenth generation model, albeit with power tuned for mind-boggling performance, making it the quickest Civic ever.

Honda doesn't say when exactly, but the Civic Type R is set to go on sale on the late spring with an MSRP in the mid-$30,000 range, putting it on par with the Ford Focus RS and Subaru WRX STI. It channels 235kW and 400Nm from a 2.0-litre turbo VTEC engine, which is a mild increase of 7kW over its predecessor that manged a 0-100km/h sprint in 5.7 seconds.

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The added strengthening to the body, paired with the new chassis, also means that torsional rigidity has been increased by 38 per cent.

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. It's that after so long, after much pleading and wishing, the Type R is finally not dangling just out of our reach, to be savored only in video games and daydreams.

Supply constraints were to blame for Honda Australia's decision to not import the last-gen model to Australia.

American enthusiasts have been waiting a long time for this.

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As we expected, the Type R will be front-wheel-drive only, and the only transmission option is a six-speed manual-just as the hot hatch deities intended. Honda hasn't given a final weight figure for the 2017 Civic Type R but 14 percent of the body structure is made out of ultra-high strength steel, and the hood is aluminum.