Honda revealed the production 2017 Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva auto show, and it will be the first Type R model to arrive in North America when it goes on sale this spring. Available only as a hatchback, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R will be the hottest Civic you can buy. It features a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft, and yes, it has Honda’s famed VTEC valve timing system. A six-speed manual will be the only transmission available, and it will have automatic rev-matching for smoother downshifts.
The Civic Type R features a unique suspension setup with its own damper, spring, and bushing calibrations, a dual-axis front suspension with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles, four-wheel adaptive suspension, a helical limited-slip front differential, and an adaptive electric power steering system with variable gear ratio. Stopping power is provided by Brembo brakes in all four corners with 13.8-inch cross-drilled rotors up front and 12.0-inch solid rotors in the back. All models will come standard with 20-inch alloy wheels shod with 245/30R summer performance tires.
Compared to the standard Civic hatchback, the Type R has a more rigid body with 38 percent better torsional rigidity and bending rigidity that’s been improved by 45 percent. The new Civic Type R is also 35 pounds lighter than Europe-only ninth-generation model, thanks to extensive use of high-strength steel and an aluminum hood. Three driving modes will be available: Comfort, Sport, and +R, all of which adjust steering, throttle response, transmission rev-matching, the adaptive dampers, and the stability control system.
When it arrives in the U.S., the 2017 Civic Type R will be available as a loaded variant similar to the range-topping Touring grade in more pedestrian Civics. Standard features include Honda’s current infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility, a 540-watt, 12-speaker premium audio system, LED headlights, sport seats with heavier bolstering, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift boot, and a Type R plate on the center console.