North American Honda enthusiasts have been waiting a long time for this. We’ve known for awhile that the Civic Type R was coming to North America, and we even saw it in concept form, but now, it’s finally here. Meet the production-ready 2017 Civic Type R that’s headed to the US and Canada this summer.
Unlike the previous rumors that it would make 340 horsepower, the Civic Type R comes equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Those are the same numbers as the old European-market Civic Type R, and we suspect that it’s either the same exact engine, or a similar version of it.
As we expected, the Type R will be front-wheel-drive only, and the only transmission option is a six-speed manual–just as the hot hatch deities intended. Compared with the previous, European-market Civic Type R, the new one offers automatic rev-matching, a new single-mass flywheel, and a lower final-drive ratio.
While the drivetrain isn’t a significant upgrade over the outgoing Type R, there’s a lot to get excited about in the chassis department. At the front, the Type R gets aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles, and a helical limited-slip differential. That diff will have its work cut out for it with 306 horsepower headed to the two front wheels. Stopping force comes from four-piston Brembo brake calipers up front, with single-pistons in the rear.
The Type R also gets adaptive dampers and a modified electric power steering. Additionally, the new Type R is both lighter–mostly thanks to an aluminum hood that saves 15 lbs–and stiffer than the regular Civic Hatchback it’s based off.
The new Civic Type R offers three driving modes–Comfort, Sport, and +R–that modify steering, throttle, damper settings, and stability control settings. Along with these driving modes, the Type R gets the classic Honda Sport Seats with red trim.
We can expect prices to start in the mid $30,000 mark and we hope to see it land in Winnipeg this Summer or early Fall.
We just can’t wait to see it on these shores.
Source: Road & Track.
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