Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

Geneva 2017: Canadian-bound Honda Civic Type R revealed at last!

Geneva 2017: Canadian-bound Honda Civic Type R revealed at last!

Debuting on Tuesday at the 2017 Geneva auto show, and heading to US showrooms late this spring, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is set to battle the hot Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R.

The heart of the Civic Type R is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Styling aside, the Type R hides a lot of performance-oriented upgrades. You better know how to row your own, too, as Honda is brilliantly offering only a six-speed manual transmission, albeit with the addition of rev-matching technology. Those are the same numbers as the old European-market Civic Type R, so we think it's either the same exact engine, or one that's largely similar.

While the front MacPherson strut suspension is shared with the rest of the Civic line-up, it has been modified for the Type R to help reduce torque steer and refine handling.

Honda has been tight-lipped about performance stats so far, but the next-gen Civic Type R is expected to continue sending drive exclusively to the front wheels.

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As we've seen in the initial photos, the new Type R looks identical to the prototype shown in Paris past year, save for the novel brushed metal-esque paint.

Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre VTEC engine, "optimised and refined" for the new model. Honda says: 'An enhanced selection of driving modes give the vehicle greater usability compared to the previous Type R'. Meanwhile, sales for the new Civic Type R will commence globally in a few months. It has new springs, dampers and bushings, an entirely new front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for "improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer", a retuned steering system, a helical limited-slip front differential, Brembo brakes and 20-inch wheels with Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires. Honda says the Type R body is more rigid than the Civic hatchback it's based on (thanks to added structural adhesive) and 15 pounds lighter as well. That's done with a new four-wheel adaptive suspension system that is sure to be awesome on the road.

Switching to the Civic X platform makes a world of difference for the Type R. Body rigidity has gone up by 38%, which is a huge deal for any sportscar. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there'.

Sticking with front-wheel drive when similarly powered competitors like the Subaru WRX STI, Volkswagen Golf R, and Ford Focus RS offer standard all-wheel drive is a bold move by Honda. Honda hasn't given a final weight figure for the 2017 Civic Type R but 14 percent of the body structure is made out of ultra-high strength steel, and the hood is aluminum.

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