New Civic Type R revealed at Geneva Motor Show 2017

Since the concept was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the Japanese performance car world has been dying to find out more about the new Honda Civic Type R. And today at the Geneva Motor Show, the production version was finally revealed to the world.

Based on the all-new, tenth-generation platform Civic, the car comes relatively swiftly after the previous-generation FK2 was announced (just two years ago). It therefore features the same boosted K20C1 engine, remapped to provide 320PS (316bhp) – up around 10bhp from the aforementioned previous model.

With the new Civic said to be designed with the Type R in mind from scratch for the first time ever (possibly thanks to the big news that it’ll be sold in America), the hot hatch benefits from high-rigidity rear arms to complement the base model’s new multi-link rear axle – a huge improvement from the torsion beam setup we received with the car’s older siblings.

The Type R also boasts to be lower and wider than before, with a 34mm lower centre-of-gravity and 50mm lower driver’s hip point: all promising numbers when related to driving thrills. Speaking of driving thrills, in an exclusive interview with Hideki Kakinuma, Assistant Project Lead for the Type R, Torque GT was told that the new model addresses the boomy, rather uninspiring exhaust tone that proved to be one of only a few negatives FK2 Type R owners complained about.

Kakinuma-san also exclusively confirmed Honda would indeed be taking the Civic back to Germany in the near future to try and claim back the FWD Nurburging production car record which was recently taken away from them thanks to the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S.

Another new feature is the choice of three driving modes: the traditional ‘normal’ and ‘+R’ modes, as well as a ‘comfort’ mode when you’re not hitting the rev limited deep into your favourite B-road. Honda insiders have reassured us that this isn’t a softer version of the previous car, though, but merely one with the added option of a more back-friendly ride setting.

European orders for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R are now being taken, with deliveries expected in the summer for the UK.

Protecting Your Investment

Torque GT Dinitrol Under Seal

Rust is a word no Japanese car enthusiast likes to hear. A genuine concern with any Japanese import which, left unchecked, can easily land you with an expensive repair bill or far worse. But why is it such an issue, particularly with Japanese cars?

Here in the UK, we use a mixture of salt and grit on our roads during the cold winter months. This mixture keeps ice at bay and provides much needed traction, keeping the roads open and ensuring everyone can go about their business. Unlike the UK, the Japanese don’t salt their roads because for the most part, the climate is far warmer and it simply isn’t necessary. Because of this, car’s produced for the Japanese market leave the factory with virtually no underbody protection at all.

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Whilst fresh water will naturally cause rust, the salty mixture that ends up covering our roads during the winter accelerates the process dramatically, meaning a Japanese car (or any car for that matter) that hasn’t been properly protected will suffer horrendously. Left to it’s own devices, rust will eventually spread and eats it’s way through the car, compromising it structurally.

 

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Any importer worth their salt will ensure your car is protected using some form of rust proofing or under-seal before it hit’s the UK roads, but this is by no means a permanent solution. Over time, and depending on the product that’s been used, re-application will likely be necessary. Nowhere is this more important than on some of the seriously appreciating models.

We’ve seen an increasing trend for people purchasing cars like R32 and R34 GTR Skyline’s and various other iconic cars as assets that can not only be enjoyed, but will ultimately either hold their value or even return a profit when the time comes to sell. One sure fire way to seriously damage the re-sale value of these investments is with poorly maintained under-body protection. The slightest doubt that a car is rust free will guarantee potential buyers walk away.

Over the years, we’ve tried a number of different products and have found Dinitrol to be superior in almost every way to the competition. It’s simple to apply, sets firm once cured (some products set tacky) and ensures long term protection for the underside of the vehicle. What’s more, it can be used to coat hard to reach cavity’s that are known to suffer from rot. Such is our confidence in Dinitrol, that we’re now a recognised Treatment Centre for the Southwest and can offer our extensive experience in applying Dinitrol and protecting the chassis of your pride and joy.

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Treatment first involves thorough deep cleaning of the underside to remove any dirt and debris, followed by removing bumpers, wheels, exhaust and side skirts where possible. Once the painted bodywork is covered with a protective sheet and masked off, the product is then sprayed across the underside. Particular attention is paid to any cavity’s that are known problem areas, where moisture and dirt can be trapped and rust can slowly develop.

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Once applied, Dinitrol usually takes up to 24 hours to properly cure. As soon as it’s fully set, the car can be driven away and the chassis is protected.

Regardless of make or model, whether you’ve recently purchased an import that hasn’t been properly protected, or if you just want to ensure your car is prepared for the winter months, we can help.

Contact us directly and we can arrange a no obligation inspection and quotation to protect your car.

Fast Road Setup Package

Excellent in standard form, the EP3 Civic Type R is in our opinion one of the most capable hot hatches available on the market whilst being relatively affordable. Light, agile and twinned with the exceptional K20a engine, they make a great platform for modifying to really unlock their full potential. Many people start chasing more power when they buy an EP3, however we feel this isn’t always the best improvement that can be made. Instead, building on the Civics ability to handle the twisties can be a better way to improve the overall performance of the car for minimal cost.

With the standard suspension designed to be a good mix of performance and comfort in order to appeal to a wider demographic, improvements made here can really unleash the full potential of the chassis and transform the way your car drives. No wonder then that a quick search through the various Type R orientated forums for ‘Fast Road Setup’ throws up numerous posts dedicated to the dramatic improvement this change can make. So what’s actually involved?

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First of all, the addition of a set of shorter, stiffer springs drops the ride-height, bringing the vehicles centre of gravity down whilst also reducing body roll. The trade off here is a firmer ride, but if you’re chasing performance then this shouldn’t be much of a concern.

Now that your car sits lower, the standard caster, camber and toe will no longer be optimal for performance. In their standard form, its not possible to fundamentally alter an EP3’s geometry, so the addition of camber bolts for the front and arms for the rear are required. Once fitted, it’s possible for a specialist with the proper equipment to align your wheels to pre-determined settings. Every specialist will have their own opinion on what’s correct here; for the most part, your setup should be tailored to your driving style and what you intend to do with the car.

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These relatively minor changes will give your Civic a more planted feeling, affording you far more confidence in the cars ability to corner. When coupled with some good quality tyres, it quickly becomes apparent why this is such a popular modification!

As the benefits of having a Fast Road Setup are abundantly clear, we’ve put together a package deal for all the required parts on our store for both the EP3, DC5 and FD2 using Eibach springs, camber bolts and arms. Both vehicles benefit greatly from such a setup, so it makes sense to purchase all the necessary parts at once and at an improved price!

The EP3 Civic and pre-facelift DC5 both use the same springs, bolts and arms and as such, the kit is interchangeable for both vehicles. If you were to purchase the constituent parts individually, these would cost £351.60 at the RRP; we’re offering this kit at £330. For the FD2, the various parts would set you back £467.28, but we’re offering these as a package for £435. Both of these kits also include Free UK delivery to most of the UK and with stock on the shelf, we can have your FRSU with you and ready to fit within 3 business days, while stocks last.

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Product Feature: Fujitsubo

Widely regarded throughout Japan as one of the country’s benchmark exhaust brands, Fujitsubo offers various systems for many Japanese models.

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Guided by the simple ethos to ‘produce the highest quality products’, it’s abundantly clear when you take a closer look at their systems that nothing is done without thorough consideration. Small changes, such as the thin, hollow exhaust hangers and base plate’s, as well as the press moulded flanges help save weight, whilst donut type gaskets are used to help reduce stress on the system and allow for flex in the joints, absorbing vibration from the engine and chassis.

Rigorously tested by Fujitsubo’s own race teams in various types of motorsport, including WRC, Gymkhana and Formula 4, as well as at their own testing facilities, their systems improve performance by reducing the amount of bends and their severity, offering a more efficient system which improves both torque and power figures, whilst also giving a more aggressive exhaust note that isn’t overly intrusive.

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This commitment to quality and performance is why Torque GT has chosen to become the UK distributor of Fujitsubo. We feel that the UK is missing a truly JDM brand of exhaust system that is uncompromising in quality yet affordable and we think you’ll agree!

The RM01A is one of the models we particularly like.  Combining a back box that appears OEM at first glance, with a more aggressive, throaty exhaust note at the higher end of the rev range and a significant reduction in weight, it’s the ideal choice for someone who wants an increase in performance, but doesn’t particular like the loud and intrusive exhausts that are currently on the market.

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With a huge application list for modern Japanese vehicles as well as older classics such as Honda CRX’s and even Nissan 240z’s and Hakosuka Skylines, there is a system to cater for all models and tastes. Can’t see a system for your car on our parts store? Contact us directly and we’ll be happy to provide you with a quote!