The last time that Honda had a real performance car in the United States, it was the S2000. And with steadily declining sales, which accelerated during the automotive crisis that began in 2008, the automaker pulled the plug on the roadster in 2009, after a decade of production. Meanwhile, the closest that American customers have had to a performance-oriented vehicle from Honda is the perennial best-selling Civic. And even that nameplate has been faced with increasingly formidable competition from other compact vehicles, plus claims that it has gotten too conservative in driving feel.
To maintain the Civic's dominance, Honda is finally introducing the Type R variant to the U.S. market. The Type R is the highest performance version of the Civic. Relying a lightened and stiffened body, enhanced brakes and chassis, and a specially tuned engine, it is engineered to drive like a sports car. The Type R also gets a distinctively sports-styled interior to set it apart from the other Civic models. Honda announced the impending arrival of the Type R Civic to the U.S. in 2017 at the just-concluded Paris Motor Show.
Designed as a five-door hatchback, the new Type R has a brushed titanium-like body finish with red highlights to emphasize a sporty exterior. Carbon fiber skirts fit warmly at the sides, smoked lenses coat the LED headlamps, and the sharp-looking front fascia features huge inlets for cooling the engine. Four 20-inch alloy wheels with a piano-black finish and red accent hoist the vehicle from the ground, and red Honda badges adorn the grille and center caps.
Details on the performance specifics are scant. However, it is expected that the Type R will use the turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder VTEC from Honda's K20C family of engines. Although it is expected to provide an output of 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the Type R might get boosted power figures, especially considering that it is directly competing with Ford's own souped-up version of its compact Focus car: the RS. Honda is expected to keep the standard front-wheel layout, with a six-speed manual transmission for ultimate control of gear shifting on the road. The automaker is also expected to firm-tune the suspension for a tighter driving feel, as well as provide a braking system that keeps distances short.
Are you in the Jefferson, MO area? If so, it's way past due to come to our dealership for a test drive. Give us a call today to set up an appointment, and stop by to try out the 2017 Honda Civic Type R for yourself. At our dealership, sales staff make customer satisfaction a priority, and we guarantee you a great overall experience at our dealership.