It feels like we already know most of the details, but the new Honda Civic Type R has finally been officially unveiled in production form, with the company calling it a ‘race car for the road.’
Confirming what we reported earlier, the new Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged VTEC petrol engine developing 310PS at 6,500rpm and 400Nm at 2,500rpm, making it the most powerful Type R model ever produced.
What we didn’t know before was the exact level of performance that would result.
Honda have announced that the new Type R will sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds and will have a top speed of 167 mph.
The company says they’ve expended considerable effort on honing the Civic Type R’s aerodynamic performance, and the car features a number of devices – such as a completely flat underside, a large rear diffuser and a prominent rear spoiler – to help optimise down-force.
Meanwhile, a series of air intakes and outlets – most notably above the front wheels – help keep under-bonnet temperatures in check.
Filling the wheel-arches are 19-inch alloy wheels, behind which sit four-piston 350mm Brembo brakes.
The Type R uses Honda’s new Adaptive Damper System which can control each wheel independently, while a dual-axis front suspension strut system is said to have reduced torque steer by up to 50%.
Rear suspension uses an H-shaped torsion beam set-up configured to increase roll rigidity by 180%.
The interior, as you’d expect, has a number of suitably Type R-esque features, such as the machined aluminium alloy gear knob, suede-effect high-back seats with red stitching, and a black roof liner.
Drivers will also find a new ‘+R’ button that sharpens throttle response, reduces steering assistance, and increases damping force by 30% – all designed to make the car firmer and more agile, particularly for track use.
A choice of five colours will be offered: Crystal Black, Polished Metal, Brilliant Sporty Blue, Milano Red and Championship White.
Also available will be a GT Pack which adds red highlights to the front and rear splitters, as well as front and rear parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, power-folding door mirrors, Garmin navigation with four years of free map updates, plus an eight-speaker 320-watt stereo upgrade.
The pack also adds dual-zone climate control, red ambient lighting and Honda’s various driver assistance systems, such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot information, etc.
The new Honda Civic Type R will go on sale in the UK this summer, priced from £29,995.
The GT Pack adds £2,300 to the price, making it £32,295.