After countless teases, concepts, and “Prototypes”, Honda has finally revealed the production version of the 2017 Civic Type R today at the Geneva Motor Show! We finally get to see what the new Civic Type R looks like without that silly brushed aluminum wrap on it. Honda is also spilling the beans on nearly all of its technical specs including power, torque, suspension, and more. Really the only numbers Honda still hasn’t divulged are the engine’s redline, the exact MSRP and the Type R’s exact weight. Though they do confirm that it is 35lbs lighter than the previous Civic Type R and 15lbs lighter than a 2017 base Civic hatchback.
Let’s dig in, shall we? The first thing of note is that the ’17 Civic Type R will in fact make 305 horsepower from its 2.0 liter “i-VTEC DI” turbocharged engine. The engine will follow up that horsepower with 295ft-lbs of torque. It will reach its max horsepower at 6,500RPM and its torque will live between 2,500 and 4,500RPMs. The engine will be mated to a six-speed transmission which will have a limited slip diff and a lighter single-mass flywheel.
Steering will be electric but will feature adjustable ratios and an “active” function that will make adjustments on the fly. The suspension will consist of a dual-axis front strut set up in the front and a multi-link set up in the rear with active dampers that can be adjusted via several driving modes: Comfort, Sport, and +R.
On the outside the Civic Type R looks like what one might expect based on the “Prototype”, even down to the 20 inch wheels the car is virtually identical. It even retains the carbon fiber splitters! The white paint (which may or may not be the famous “championship white”) makes the car look even more “anime-mech-ish” but in a good way.
The production interior remains identical to the prototype as well but Honda has revealed the details on the Civic Type R’s audio video tech. At the heart of the interior will be a 7-inch touch screen info-tainment center that is compatible with both Apple Car Play and Android Auto and will control a 12 speaker 540-watt stereo system along with other creature comforts.
As I mentioned, Honda hasn’t revealed the Civic Type R’s official MSRP but they did say it will be in the “mid-30k range”. It’s exact price will be revealed closer to launch. The 2017 Civic Type R will make its North American debut at the New York Auto Show this April. I imagine that is probably when we’ll find out its official price as well. In the meantime you can click any of the thumbnails in this post for large versions of the official 2017 Civic Type R pictures. You can also watch its official debut video, read the press release, and specs all below. After you’ve finished all that, let us know what you think of the new 2017 Civic Type R in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
2017 Civic Type R reveal video:
2017 Civic Type R press release & specs:
- First Type R-badged Honda available in the U.S. goes on sale late spring
- Most powerful, quickest, fastest and most agile Civic ever
- 2.0-liter i-VTEC® DI TURBO: 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque
- Major chassis and suspension upgrades for track-ready performance
GENEVA – Honda today took the wraps off one of the most anticipated models in its history with the unveiling of the production 2017 Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited Civic Type R, slated to go on sale in the U.S. in late spring with an MSRP in the mid-$30k range, is the first ever Type R-badged Honda to be sold on American soil. The Type R will feature a high performance 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain, substantially upgraded body and chassis, and other track-ready, Nürburgring-tuned and tested performance components. The 2017 Civic Type R will make its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 12, 2017.
“The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th generation Civic lineup,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president & general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We’re happy to inform our U.S. enthusiasts that the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Honda Type R performance is nearly over!”
The new Civic Type R, sharing the body style of the 5-door hatchback variant of the tenth-generation global Honda Civic platform, will be powered by a U.S.-built 2.0-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine with peak ratings of 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. The engine will be mated exclusively to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching capability – employing automatic throttle blips for smoother shifts and power delivery. A new single-mass flywheel reduces clutch inertia by 25 percent versus the previous (European) Type R and a lower final gear ratio is employed to improve acceleration response.
The Civic Type R chassis builds on the major upgrades undertaken for the 10th-generation Civic makeover with model-exclusive spring, damper and bushing settings, a new Dual-Axis front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer; a new four-wheel Adaptive Suspension System with three-chamber dampers; a retuned and adaptive dual-pinion electric power steering system with variable gear ratio; and a helical limited-slip front differential. Mounted to the suspension are 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels shod with 245/30R 20 Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires. Decisive stopping power comes from Brembo 4-pot aluminum calipers squeezing 350mm (13.8-inch) cross-drilled rotors at the front. The rear braking system features solid 305mm (12-inch) rotors.
The Type R’s scalpel-sharp responses are further enhanced by a body more rigid than the substantially improved Civic Hatchback on which it’s based – with a 38 percent increase in torsional rigidity and 45 percent gain in bending rigidity versus the previous Civic Type R – enhancing steering response and cornering stability while mitigating body vibration and cabin noise. The improvements are made possible by the application of structural adhesive throughout the body. Ultra-high strength steel is used for 14 percent of the body structure, and the Type R has an aluminum hood, contributing to a 16 kg (35 lb) reduction in body weight versus the previous Type R, and a 7 kg (15 lb) reduction versus the base 2017 Civic Hatchback.
The 2017 Civic Type R is designed to reward the driver in all driving conditions, on the track and on the street, and features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. The driver selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System. Utilizing new, three-chamber dampers, individual stroke sensors and three vehicle-G sensors, the new damper system offers a wider range of variability for ride comfort and dynamic handling response.
The 2017 Civic Type R will launch this spring in a single, premium-contented Touring trim. A 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with embedded Honda Navigation system has both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility; and should the driver ever tire of hearing the Type R growl, a 540-watt, 12-speaker audio system with SiriusXM 2.0, HD Radio and Pandora compatibility is also provided as standard.
Additional interior Type R features include heavily bolstered sports seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift boot, aluminum shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, red Type R driver’s meter and serialized Type R plate on the center console.
The Civic Type R will be manufactured by Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing in Swindon, England, with its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine made by Honda of America Mfg. at its Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. Pricing specifics and additional details on the 2017 Civic Type R will be provided closer to launch.
Specifications and Features Overview
|Engine Type||L-4 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC turbocharged engine with dual valve timing control|
|Horsepower||306 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm|
|Torque||295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,500 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed manual transmission|
|Drivetrain||Front wheel drive with limited slip differential|
|Steering||Dual pinion electric power steering with variable ratio and active steering|
|Suspension||Dual axis front strut suspension and independent multilink rear suspension with adaptive damper system|
|Brakes||Front Brembo aluminum four piston calipers with drilled 350mm (13.8-inch) rotor brakes. Rear brakes feature solid 305mm (12-inch) rotors|
|Wheels||20-inch aluminum alloy wheels|
|Tires||245/30R 20 Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires|