It will come to the U.S.in the late spring. For instance, it should be the first Civic Type R to need less than five seconds to hit 60 miles per hour and run the quarter-mile in less than 14 clicks.
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Hot on the heels of the new tenth-generation Civic, Honda has now revealed its latest Type R, which stands out with typically garish styling, such as a huge rear spoiler and big air blades all meant to help aerodynamics.
'It builds on Honda's heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment's ultimate expression of dynamic purity. The Japanese hot hatch keeps numerous outgoing model's go-faster parts, but which have been retuned to provide an even more hardcore driving experience. 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. Throttle response and driveability have improved thanks to optimised engine control settings.
A Limited-Slip Differential keeps the front-wheel driven 2017 Civic Type R in control, while the hot hatch also comes with the dual-axis front suspension and a multi-link setup at the rear with active dampers.
The new body is also stiffer and lighter, and Honda has added adhesive in key areas; all in all, torsional rigidity has been increased by as much as 38% compared to the outgoing model. "The previous Type R was only sold in the European Union and Japan".
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There's also a completely redone suspension setup that's created to reduce torque steer and improve at-the-limit handling.
Inside, there's a new driving mode system which can be switched between Comfort, Sport, and +R.
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. The driver selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System.
The current Type R has been criticised for being too performance-focused, so this move is an acknowledgement that a more middle-of-the-road approach is needed in order to attract a broader audience, not least in the United States, where the Type R will be sold for the first time. Honda claims the result is a best-in-class balance between lift and drag.
Production of the new Civic Type R is anticipated to start in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon - the global manufacturing hub for the 10th generation Civic hatchback.
Our idea was to make the auto appealing to a wide range of buyers and by adding the Comfort mode, we believe it will be a valuable addition for North America people. The red Honda badge that's de rigueur among Type R variants is featured prominently in front and back.