Geneva Motor Show 2017: Production Spec 2017 Honda Civic Type R Revealed
By Sameer Contractor
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Published on March 8, 2017
- The 2017 Honda Civic Type R makes 315 bhp from the 2.0 litre turbo motor
- Honda has retained most design details from the Civic Type R concept
- Honda India has no plans to bring Type R, but could bring the Civic sedan
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is spectacular in its looks and the automaker has retained majority of the styling that was first revealed on the prototype. The production version looks hot and menacing with hte LED headlamps, gloss black grille, swept-up bonnet with the hood scoop. The massive air intakes in the bumper are complemente by the lip spoiler and the flared wheel arches that accommodate those lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 245/30-serires ContiSportContact tyres. The rear makes a lasting impression too with the massive wing that grabs all your attention. The massive intakes on the bumper are jaw dropping while the three exhaust pipes in the centre grab all the attention.
Power on the 2017 Honda Civic Type R comes from the turbocharged 2.0 litre, four-cylinder engine that makes 315 bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque in the European spec version. The motor comes paired to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with active rev matching. The numbers aren't dramatically different over the older version with a 10 bhp increase, but the new Civic Type R will be a lot faster around corners than its predecessor. Honda also promises "best-in-class balance between lift and drag" for better stability all around.
The Type R also gets a more rigid structure with a 38 per cent increase in torsional rigidity and 45 per cent gain in bending rigidity versus the previous Civic Type R. Honda says that has helped enhance steering response and cornering stability while mitigating body vibration and cabin noise on the hatch. Ultra-high strength steel has been used for 14 perc ent of the body structure, and the Type R has an aluminum hood, contributing to a 16 kg reduction in body weight versus the previous Type R. The performance hatch is 7 kg lighter than the standard 2017 Civic.
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. Braking performance comes from the Brembo sourced brakes with 13.8-inch rotors, along with 12-inch rotors at the rear. There are multiple driving modes - Comfort, Sport and +R that adjust the steering, damping, throttle response, traction control and transmission rev matching on the car.
Inside, the 315 bhp hot hatch is loaded on modern day goodies including a 7-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, amidst a few more creature comforts. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R will be assembled in Swindon, England with prices expected arond $30,000 (approx. Rs. 20 lakh excluding taxes). In terms of competition, the new Civic Type R will be locking horns with the equally new Ford Focus RS.
As much as we would like to see the 2017 Honda Civic Type R in India, the automaker has no plans to introduce the model here. That said, the Civic has been one of the most popular nameplates for Honda in India in the past decade. While the model was discontinued some time back, odds are that the tenth generation Civic sedan will, in fact, make it to the country. Rumours suggest that Honda India is considering bringing the model here in both petrol and diesel iterations and the D-segment sedan could see a price tag close around Rs. 20 lakh (ex-showroom). Meanwhile, sales for the new Civic Type R will commence globally in a few months.
Last Updated on March 8, 2017
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