The Japanese automaker has finally taken the wraps off the eagerly-awaited high performance version of the latest generation Civic – the Type R, bowing in front of the worldwide audience of the Geneva Motor Show.
The Production series Civic Type R – seemingly very close to the previewing prototype – has arrived, featuring a turbo engine, manual gearbox, huge rear wing, and three exhaust pipes centered in the back. The similarities to the prototype are good news, because the Type R is just as aggressive as we expected – including the red accents. LED lights are all around, as well as lightweight, 20-inch wheels, shod in 245/30-series ContiSportContact tires. Motivation is provided by the turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, linked as purists wanted exclusively to a short-throw, six-speed manual transmission with active rev matching.
By the way, for the United States, the engine makes just 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, while elsewhere – for example in Europe – it will have a 315-hp rating (235 kilowatts, 320 PS) due to “a different, European testing protocol.” More importantly a limited-slip differential is keeping everything in order on the front-wheel-drive Type R and there’s also a dual-axis front suspension and multilink rear setup with adaptive dampers. Brembo front brakes with 13.8-inch rotors as well as 12-inch rotors will handle braking duties, and there are also Comfort, Sport, and +R driving modes to fiddle with steering, damping, throttle response, and transmission rev matching, as well as the stability and traction control systems.
The only trim on the Type R is the Touring – standard amenities include seven-inch touchscreen display, navigation, premium audio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Just like any other Civic hatchback manufacturing will take place in Swindon, England, with the turbo engine coming from Honda of America over in Anna, Ohio.