New 2018 Honda Civic Type R Production Hatch, This Could Be It

Posted March 08, 2017

IMAGES of the British-built Honda Civic Type R have leaked online ahead of yet another unveiling of the vehicle - this time wearing its production skin - at this week's Geneva Motor Show. For instance, it should be the first Civic Type R to need less than five seconds to hit 60 miles per hour and run the quarter-mile in less than 14 clicks. The Civic Type R engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder made in the United States at Honda's Anna Engine Plant in Sidney, Ohio.

Sharing the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment - both on road and on the race track.

Inside, the standard Civic interior has been upgraded for Type R duty with heavily bolstered sport seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift boot, aluminum shift knob, and aluminum pedals.

The Type R's closest rival, the Ford Focus RS, offers 45 more horsepower and a clever all-wheel-drive system, but it seems the Civic Type R will offer a much different driving experience. A Type R exclusive 6-speed short-throw manual transmission with rev matching through auto throttle-blips will be standard, using a lower final gear ratio for better acceleration response, and a new single-mass flywheel that Honda claims will cut clutch inertia by 25-percent over the old Type R. Its Dual-Axis front-strut setup is meant to limit torque steer; it's essentially the same sort of layout employed by Ford and General Motors in their RevoKnuckle and HiPer Strut suspensions.

What is it: Honda may have been criticized in the past its lack of stylistic imagination and too few performance cars, but the production version of the Honda Civic Type R should silence that noise with the production version that's nearly identical to the concept that had been making the rounds.

The production model looks virtually identical to the Civic Type R concept unveiled a few months back at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

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That engine is the same direct-injected, VTEC, turbocharged 2.0-liter that's built in OH and installed in the outgoing Euro-spec Civic Type R.

The suspension comprises MacPherson struts at the front and an independent multi-link set-up at the rear with strengthened suspension arms.

It comes with three "enhanced driving modes".

American enthusiasts have been waiting a long time for this.

Aerodynamics are also improved thanks to a smoother underbody, a front air curtain, a lightweight rear wing and vortex generators along the roofline.

"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 Honda exec Jeff Conrad.