All-new Honda Civic Type-R gets official debut in Geneva
The all-new Honda Civic Type-R has finally been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, and it’s everything we could have hoped for (we think).
It’s been a long, drawn out affair, with countless rumours and even some leaked teaser images just a few days ago, but now the all-new Honda Civic Type-R has finally been revealed in Geneva.
Here’s what we know:
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 2018 Civic Type-R is practically the spitting image of the concept we saw last year. It boasts overly aggressive air intakes at the front, big wheels, and a huge rear spoiler.
The sporty styling is complemented by improved aero, including a smooth underbody, front air curtain and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roofline – all of which enable the Civic to achieve excellent high-speed stability, and best-in-class balance between lift and drag.
In fact, the torsional rigidity of the car has been boosted by as much as 38% and there’s a 45% gain in its bending rigidity.
Under the bonnet, the Civic Type-R has a direct-injected, 2.0-litre turbo-four, which produces 306-horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. All that power is sent to the front wheels via a short throw six-speed manual transmission.
The fact that it has broken the 300-horsepower barrier will please many people, but die-hard hot hatch fans may have been hoping for a few more ponies at their disposal.
There are three enhanced driving modes: the agile, performance-orientated ‘Sport’ mode; the hugely popular, yet slightly lairy ‘+R’ track mode; and a new one known as ‘Comfort’. The latest and greatest Type-R also promises to rectify some of the issues that the previous iteration had with ride quality.
The newcomer also gets a modified Macpherson front strut suspension set up and an independent multi-link system at the rear. It’s also around 35 pounds lighter than its predecessor.
Best of all, for Australian hot hatch fans, is that the all-new Civic Type-R will make its way to Aussie shores before the end of the year, despite being produced in Honda’s UK plant in Swindon. Its estimated price tag of $50,000 will see it rival the Subaru WRX, Volkswagen Golf R, and Ford Focus RS.
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