Here comes the Honda Civic Type R to the USA
> USA, are you ready for your Honda Civic Type R? Its bold, probably
loud and a bit on the wild side. Can you handle this beast of a
> From AW
> After teasing us with the Civic Type R at last Septemberís Paris
auto show, Honda unveiled the production car in Geneva. Itís the first
U.S.-market Civic Type R in Hondaís history, and the company says itís
the most powerful, most agile Civic ever. The car goes on sale here in
late spring wearing a mid-$30K sticker price.
> Understated it ainít. The basic body is your standard Civic
five-door. The Type R adds a host of intakes, wings, splitters, Brembo
brakes and three tailpipes. Yes, three.
> Weíd heard rumors the Type R would boast 300 hp, and Honda pulled
it off. The direct-injected 2.0-liter turbo-four develops 306 hp and
295 lb-ft of torque, and the only gearbox is a short-throw six-speed
manual with rev-matching capability. Honda says the new single-mass
flywheel reduces clutch inertia 25 percent compared to the outgoing
European Type R, while the lower final gear ratio should improve
> The Type Rís Nurburgring-tuned chassis builds further on the
10th-gen Civicís upgrades with Type R-exclusive spring, damper and
bushing settings. Honda says the new front suspension with aluminum
lower arms and steering knuckles will improve at-the-limit cornering
and reduce torque steer. Thereís also a new four-wheel
adaptive-suspension system with three-chamber dampers, variable-ratio
electric power steering and a limited-slip front diff.
> Wheels are 20-inch aluminum alloy with 245/30R Continental
ContiSportContact 6 tires.
> Honda says the Type Rís chassis has a 38 percent increase in
torsional rigidity and 45 percent gain in bending rigidity. The body
is 14 percent ultra-high-strength steel while the hood is aluminum.
Overall weight is down 35 pounds.
> Three driving modes -- comfort, sport (default) and +R adjust
steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, vehicle
stability assist and the adaptive dampers.
> Inside are heavily bolstered front buckets, a leather-wrapped
steering wheel and shift boot and aluminum shift knob and pedals. The
7-inch touchscreen display houses navigation, Apple CarPlay and
Android Auto. This probably wonít happen, but if you get sick of
hearing the Type R growl, the 540-watt, 12-speaker stereo is
> Hondaís U.K. plant in Swindon, England, is building the car, with
the turbo-four coming from Hondaís Anna, Ohio, engine plant. The Type
R makes its U.S. debut April 12 at the New York auto show.
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