Drivers will either be overwhelmed or enthralled by the 306 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque output that comes rushing from the 2017 Honda Civic Type R 2.0L VTEC turbocharged engine. With close-ratio 6-speed manual as the only trim option, a decidedly driver-centric cabin, and an aggressive exterior, the Honda Civic Type R is downright forthright about its promise to deliver a track-like experience that feels totally different from the average A-to-B.
When you slip inside, you’ll sink into lightweight front bucket seats, set your feet on brushed aluminum sport pedals, lay your hands on a leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and take precise control of shifts through your transmission’s aluminum shift knob. As you drive, a helical limited slip differential and an adaptive damper system sharpen steering and suspension, all while the exterior’s front splitter, vented front fenders, functional side skirts, vortex generators, and rear wing perfectly distribute airflow for optimized aerodynamic performance.
There are high-end technologies here, including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a 12-speaker sound system, 7-inch touchscreen, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, and multi-view rearview camera, but they’re set against features like a special metal plaque and customizable digital meters. The former shows your Honda Civic Type R’s own unique serial number; the latter displays G-force, lap times, rev limit, boost pressure, and throttle/brake input in real-time.
“Honda fanboys and fangirls, your patience has been rewarded: For the first time in the U.S., the Civic Type R is here, and it’s glorious. A 306-hp turbo 2.0-liter inline-four with a six-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive is the only powertrain. A front-strut suspension—Honda calls it ‘dual axis’—reduces the torque steer normally associated with high-powered front-drive vehicles. Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 12-speaker stereo are all standard goodies.” ~ Car and Driver
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