Honda unveils 2017 Civic Type R

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There are more changes inside; the basic dashboard architecture has been carried over from the regular Civic, but Honda has dropped the seating position by 50mm to give a sportier and more involving feel behind the wheel.

This Honda Civic Type R is the 10th model from the Japanese manufacturer to wear the famous Type R badge since 1992, and Honda has targeted an improvement in overall dynamic performance, high-speed stability and on-track ability for the vehicle.

Die-hard Honda fans in the USA have gone a long time without an accessible, truly high-performance machine-we reckon the S2000 roadster was the last drool-worthy vehicle with an H badge available on our shores.

Along with squeezing 306 horsepower into a 2-litre DOHC engine, the auto will come with CarPlay support as standard ... The sound system also sounds pretty powerful with 540-watts of output through 12 speakers.

We now have the full download on the Civic Type R's impressive specs: A turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four good for 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque mates to a one-choice-only six-speed manual transmission-and yes, all that torque will route through the front wheels. The motor comes paired to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with active rev matching.

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In order for the Civic Type R to be track-ready, Honda has adjusted the gear ratio for improved acceleration and incorporated model-exclusive springs, dampers, and bushings. At the front, the Type R gets aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles, and a helical limited-slip differential. All models will come standard with 20-inch alloy wheels shod with 245/30R summer performance tires. The rear braking system features solid 305mm (12-inch) rotors.

The new Type R takes the lighter, more rigid body shell of the new Civic hatchback and adds further use of adhesive in key areas. Looking to the design dynamic, chassis details, engine specifications, and race inspired design infusion, when the 10th generation Civic based Type-R hits the streets in 3rd or 4th quarter 2017, it will arguably be the "baddest", factory built street legal hatchback in the land.

The 2017 Civic Type R is created 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. This is the production version of the long-awaited Type R, which will go on sale this spring.

Although Honda is being tight-lipped about exact figures, the new Type R is expected to be priced from just over £30,000.

For vehicle fans in the United States, the Honda Civic Type R has always been a tantalizing price of forbidden fruit. The wheels are an inch larger than the previous Type R at 20 inches, and hide massive Brembo brakes.