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Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Honda Civic Type R is too much of everything

Honda Civic Type R is too much of everything

Debuting on Tuesday at the 2017 Geneva auto show, and heading to USA showrooms late this spring, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is set to battle the hot Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R. However, for this generation, the Civic platform was designed for the Type R from the beginning. The 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (with VTEC, obviously) is the same exact output as in the outgoing Type R, although the engine is now built at Honda's engine plant in Ohio. From the striking aero pieces all the way down to its triple tip center exhaust, it's safe to say the Civic Type R will live up to everyone's expectations in the aesthetic department.

Also new is a rev-matching function which automatically blips the throttle on downshifts to smooth out the gearshifts. Compared to the already aggressive-looking standard Civic hatch, the Type R gets even larger air intakes, a large front splitter and a bonnet-mounted air intake, so it's not exactly something you'll want to see hogging your rear-view mirror. That said, the Civic has been one of the most popular nameplates for Honda in India in the past decade.

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.

The Type R makes its debut in European specs today at the Geneva Motor Show, but we'll see it in the U.S. next month at the New York Auto Show. Honda says: 'An enhanced selection of driving modes give the auto greater usability compared to the previous Type R'.

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The Civic Type R features a unique suspension setup with its own damper, spring, and bushing calibrations, a dual-axis front suspension with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles, four-wheel adaptive suspension, a helical limited-slip front differential, and an adaptive electric power steering system with variable gear ratio. In just a few short months it will be forbidden no more.

Additionally, there's a 38% increase in torsional rigidity and 45% gain in bending rigidity versus the previous Civic Type R that was sold overseas. At the rear, the new independent multi-link system of the standard vehicle is improved with the use of unique high rigidity suspension arms. This will be the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there. Downforce figures haven't been given, but Honda is promising "best-in-class balance between lift and drag".

After debuting at the Geneva Motor Show today, Honda stated the 2017 Civic Type R will be the fastest, most agile, and most powerful Civic to ever grace our fine shores but the sporty 5-door hatchback is actually more domestic than you think.

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