The new Civic Type R is also 35 pounds lighter than Europe-only ninth-generation model, thanks to extensive use of high-strength steel and an aluminum hood. The really big news about the upcoming hot-hatch is that it will be finally offered in the United States.
The Type R's wild exterior turns up the aggression several ticks compared with the standard Civic hatchback, which itself already wears a funkier look than Civic sedan and coupe models.
Some say that the outward appearance isn't on par with the outgoing Type R. But in person, it's still looks like the most aggressive red rooster, just with a bit of LED polish.
Styling aside, the Type R hides a lot of performance-oriented upgrades.
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The long wait is over: Honda has finally taken the wraps off the new 2017 Civic Type R. Long-anticipated by hot hatch fans, and notable for being the first Type R-badged Honda to be offered officially in the U.S., the newest, hottest Civic doesn't stint on power or aggressive design. The new auto builds on Honda's heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment's ultimate expression of dynamic purity.
'It is engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment'.
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Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre VTEC engine, "optimised and refined" for the new model. The flow rate of the exhaust gases has been increased and the ECU's mapping has been updated which, Honda claims, improves throttle response and driveability at peak. The three modes tweak the adaptive dampers, steering, gear shift intensity and throttle response. 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.
The Type R's powertrain carries over from the previous model largely unchanged. Its Dual-Axis front-strut setup is meant to limit torque steer; it's essentially the same sort of layout employed by Ford and General Motors in their RevoKnuckle and HiPer Strut suspensions.
Enhanced driving modesLike a number of modern cars, the Type R will be a transformer, with different driving modes.
While the outgoing model was considered extreme and track-focused, Honda reckons the new model strikes the flawless balance between performance and comfort which it hopes will make it appeal to a broader audience. Honda also promises "best-in-class balance between lift and drag" for better stability all around.
What is it: Honda may have been criticized in the past its lack of stylistic imagination and too few performance cars, but the production version of the Honda Civic Type R should silence that noise with the production version that's nearly identical to the concept that had been making the rounds.
The vehicle will be made in Europe and exported around the world, including Australia later this year.