The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is a performance-focused hot hatch that delivers an alternative to the subdued standards of its segment. An exclusive Championship White paint job, aggressive lines, and iconic red H badge hint at its expectation-defying drive, and the vehicle delivers on that promise (and then some) once you ignite the engine and push down on race-inspired sport pedals.
Up to 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque are summoned by the 2.0L VTEC turbocharged engine, and stimulating the vehicle’s lightweight chassis with such power delivers exceptional acceleration and cruising. A specially tuned center-exit triple exhaust system was fitted to bring a fresh intake of air into the engine; 20-inch black alloy wheels with high-performance rubber and large Brembo front brake calipers maintain flawless traction; a limited slip differential tightens cornering, and an adaptive damper system actively adjusts the suspension between race-tuned stability and smooth highway cruising.
Underlining the Honda Civic Type R’s track-inspired sensibilities, a close-ratio 6-speed manual is the only transmission—this isn’t the place to look for anything less than personal control. Cycle between drive modes, including +R, Sport, and Comfort, to adapt throttle response, steering settings, and suspension tuning around subtly shifting needs, and keep tabs on G-force, lap times, boost pressure, rev limit, and throttle/brake input in real time through your dash-mounted customizable digital meters.
“Honda fanboys and fangirls, your patience has been rewarded: For the first time in the U.S., the Civic Type R is here, and it’s glorious. A 306-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive is the only powertrain. A front-strut suspension—Honda calls it ‘dual axis’—reduces the torque steer normally associated with high-powered front-drive vehicles. Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 12-speaker stereo are all standard goodies.” ~ Car and Driver
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