Geneva Motor Show 2017: Honda launches production-ready Civic Type R

Published 07 March 2017

The production-ready Honda Civic Type R has make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2017.

The performance hatch should reach UK showrooms in the summer and is powered by the same turbocharged 2.0-litre VTEC engine as the outgoing model.

Power is up to 320PS, while the 0-62mph time should be close to five seconds. Thanks to the fact it's turbocharged, torque peaks at 400Nm while Honda is promising improved throttle response and 'driveability' apparently. 

The body structure is almost 40 percent stiffer than the previous model plus it gets a new independent multi-link suspension set-up at the rear.

The six-speed manual transmission also gets a 'rev match' control system and there are new driving modes including a ‘Comfort’ setting alongside the ‘Sport’ and ‘+R’ modes.

There are no details of pricing yet, but with the range topping 1.5 VTEC in Prestige trim commanding £27,480, it's safe to assume that the new Civic Type R will cost the best part of £30,000. 

The hot hatch will also be built in the UK at Honda's Swindon plant and be exported across Europe and other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.

Honda Type R 2

Comments

Engineer Andy    on 7 March 2017

3 exhaust pipes???! Are they trying to outdo razor blade manufacturers for superfluous extras? No need for the boy-racers (assuming they can afford to buy and insure one) to mod them after a few years - its a pre-modded car!

Obviously Honda haven't learned any lessons from the previous models (paritcularly the last one), which probably sold a tenth as much (or less) as the 'original' Type R from 2001- 06. Why is it that Honda now sell either Granny and Grandad cars (woefully slow and not great handling) or pre-modded road racers with rubber band tyres, rock hard suspension and engines that can keep up with an M3 but are nigh on usless (in my opinion) in everyday driving/traffic...

I was looking forward to this latest (hopefully much improved) Civic as an alternative to a Mazda3...not any more. I may have to consider a new KIA Ceed or Hyundai i30 with the 1.4 turbo engine - reasonable performance and size (the new Civic is as big as the previous Accord) but without the modded look and very hefty price tag (even for the 1ltr turbo - and, as usual, little discounts). Shame, as the interior is quite nice (apart from the silly touchscreen controls for the A/C and fan).

Oh well...

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