The Only Proper Hot Hatch – 2017 Honda Civic Type R
More than 300hp, drive at the front and a lot of high-tech stuff. This is the 2018 Honda Civic Type R
, , and may be the favorite compact sports car we have in the US. That, of course, until Honda announced the introduction of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. It’s here. Now. It sits at the New York Auto Show Honda stand in white looking… good?! Well, maybe not awesome and refined, but it definitely shows that fun character we have all been waiting for. Especially teens of course. And some of those driving cars.
You Have to Have The First 2017 Honda Civic Type R In The US Ever
And not only that. It is the first Honda Type R in the US ever. Imagine that. Available in a hatchback form, this Type R comes with a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 306hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It all goes to the front wheels. Sure, this is somewhat sad, but hey, it’s a Type R. Better get used to it. Its sporting pedigree further accentuated by only manual transmission option proves its sporting aspirations. With the rev-matching tech, this transmission can make use of all the power available. That is why Continental ContiSportContact 6 tires sit on massive 20-inch wheels. They will work overtime at front.
And they will brake a lot.
Apart from an adaptive steering system, behind those massive wheels, one may see Brembo brakes, a helical limited-slip differential, and rather hard dampers. Sure with 13.8-inch rotors (front) and 12-inch rotors (back), the 2017 Honda Civic Type R have more than enough stopping power.
It seems that Honda did all it could to make the Civic Type R the best front wheel drive hatchback ever. And it is the only one with so much power getting only to front wheels.
Engine was built in the US, but the car comes from Great Britain
This fantastic two-liter turbocharged engine comes from Honda of America in Anna, Ohio. They ship it to Swindon, England where Honda assembles the Civic Type R. There, they garnish it with the top notch package called Touring. The Civic Type R will come only like that – fully loaded with stuff such as a seven-inch touchscreen, navigation, premium audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Much more in terms of leather, personalized accessories and the like, of course.
The car comes with an adjustable suspension and three mode selector which affects the steering, damping, throttle response, transmission rev matching, as well as the stability and traction control systems. All this to complement dual-axis front suspension and multilink rear setup. After all, all the power comes only at the front and Honda had to invent a whole lot of features to keep the wheels in check and make the car usable. Can’t wait for the reviews to keep pouring in. Imagine it on the track against the Golf R and the Focus RS.
Anyway, expect the new 2017 Honda Civic Type R to top the $30k mark when it comes to the market.