The Honda Civic Type R is the most powerful version of the Civic 2017 range . It has a turbocharged 320 horsepower engine, the gearshift is six-speed manual and the dampers can be of variable hardness. On June 19 and 20, 2017 we will try it during the international presentation and publish some first impressions.
It is for sale from 36 400 euros with the basic equipment level and for 41 600 euros with the GT level (all prices). The more expensive it has some additional comfort elements suspension with shock absorbers of variable hardness. Compared to the cars with the closest power and sporty approach, the Type R is much cheaper than the Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R (both with all-wheel drive), and slightly more affordable than the SEAT León Cupra, which has traction Front. All of them have a body between 17 and 29 cm shorter than the Civic.
Compared to the Civic Type R 2015 , it is between 1500 and 4200 euros more expensive. The engine is gasoline and two liters of displacement, derived from the one that had the previous Type R, where it gave 310 horsepower. At the moment Honda has not communicated what changes it has made to increase the power. At present, only another front-wheel drive vehicle with power equal to or greater than 300 horses is available for sale in Spain: the SEAT León Cupra . The gearshift has a function that “allows the perfect synchronization of gears by equalizing the level of revolutions”.
Three driving programs can be selected: Comfort, Sport and R. The first one was not available in the previous model and, according to Honda, it allows to increase the maneidar of march. Each of these programs affect the hardness of the shock absorbers, the hardness of the steering, the throttle response and the feeling that transmits the gearshift.
This model is to be manufactured for everyone in Swindon (United Kingdom). It will be the first time a Honda Type R is marketed in the United States officially.