Every feature and line of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R has been designed to express unfiltered athleticism. The chassis has been made as lightweight as possible, the transmission is manual only, and the cockpit is boldly accented by bucket seats, sport pedals, an aluminum shift knob, and a leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel. The eye-catching lines and creases of the body hint at its underlying power while expertly directing airflow and maintaining surefooted stability, with front splitter, vented front fenders, functional side skirts, vortex generators, and brazen rear wing optimizing responsiveness and reducing drag, particularly at high speeds.
And those high speeds will be within easy reach thanks to the first turbocharged engine ever fitted in a Type R. That 2.0L VTEC puts drivers in control of a staggering 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which translates into instant low-speed acceleration and stirring high-speed cruising. A center-exist triple exhaust system had to be specially tuned to cope with that output, and it’s yours to command through a sophisticated 6-speed manual transmission with rev-match control.
Even with such close attention lavished on track-inspired performance, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R delivers premium technology, including a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, 540-watt 12-speaker Premium Sound System, multi-view rear camera, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R might maintain unblinking focus on capability, but a surprisingly rich and well-fitted interior turns it into a vehicle that speaks to the head as well as the heart.
“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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