After a long 20 year wait, the day sports car enthusiasts and Honda fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. At the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, Honda unveiled the new production version of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. This marks the first time a Type R badged Honda will be available for sale in the United States. “The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th generation Civic lineup,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president & general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We’re happy to inform our U.S. enthusiasts that the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Honda Type R performance is nearly over!”
The new Civic Type R will remain a front wheel drive vehicle, packing a mighty 306 horsepower, 295 lb.-ft torque, direct-injected and turbocharged i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine. Peak horsepower is achieved at 6,500 rpm and peak torque is achieved at 2,500 rpm. The power plant will be paired exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching capability. This is achieved by automatic throttle blips for smoother shifts and power delivery. Helping to put power to the ground, the CTR comes with a set of 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels with 245/30R Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires along with a helical limited-slip differential.
Never one to shy away from high performance suspension in their R models, Honda is using model-exclusive spring, damper, and bushing settings, a new Dual-Axis front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer. A new four-wheel Adaptive Suspension System with three-chamber dampers as well as a retuned and adaptive dual-pinion electric power steering system with variable gear ratio will be utilized. All this power and suspension is nothing without stopping power, so Honda added a set of Brembo 4-pot aluminum calipers and genuinely massive 13.8-inch cross-drilled rotors up front and 12-inch rotors in the back.
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R will also feature three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. The driver selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System. Utilizing new, three-chamber dampers, individual stroke sensors and three vehicle-G sensors, the new damper system offers a wider range of variability for ride comfort and dynamic handling response.
The CTR will be manufactured by Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing in Swindon, England, with its 2.0-liter turbo engine made by Honda of America Mfg. at its Anna, Ohio engine plant. Expected to hit our shores in late spring, the new Civic Type R will be a direct competitor to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru Impreza STI, and the Ford Focus RS. Interested in purchasing America’s first Civic Type R? Visit your local AutoNation Honda dealership to learn more!