The Geneva Motor Show played host to one of the most anticipated models from Honda – the 2017 Honda Civic Type R – which will be the first ever Type R to be sold in the United States.
Expected to be labelled with a mid-$30,000 price tag, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is the tenth generation model featuring a range of improvements over its predecessors.
Powered by 2.0-liter DOHC, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R will deliver a stunning 316bhp at 6500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft of torque ranging from 2500 to 4500 rpm. The direct-injected and turbocharged i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine has been built in the US and will be mated exclusively to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching capability.
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The New Civic Type R has improved chassis having front wheel drive with limited slip differential, dual pinion electric power steering with variable ratio and active steering. It has a Dual axis front strut suspension and independent multilink rear suspension with adaptive damper system.
Honda claims that the new Civic Type R will deliver the best in every driving condition it is subjected to – be it on track or on the streets. The Type R features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. Based on the option selected by the driver, the Type R will automatically adjust a number of things including steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System.
As far other features are concerned, the 2017 Type R brings with it 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface containing Honda Navigation System that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto; Type R 12 speaker music system; leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum shift knob and sport pedals and a heavily padded sport seats.
“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!”