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.