Even at a standstill, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R won’t be mistaken for anything less than the pinnacle of hot-hatch potential. From an aggressive front bumper through an all-aluminum-hood and 20-inch black alloy wheels to a prominent rear wing and specially tuned center-exit triple exhaust system, the vehicle boldly states its high-performance focus.
Those standout exterior accents are far from purely cosmetic. Front splitter, vented front fenders, functional side skirts, and vortex generators enhance aerodynamics and help maintain confident traction as you put the vehicle through its paces, and lightweight construction yields a startlingly responsive ride from your 306 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque 2.0L VTEC turbocharged engine. Through each journey, a limited slip differential and adaptive damper system work tirelessly to sharpen cornering and achieve unprecedented control, and you’ll experience a seamless connection with your ride through a flat-bottomed steering wheel, race-inspired sport pedals, and the aluminum shift knob mated to your close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission.
While the cockpit is focused around the driver, you’ll never want for premium technology. When you need to reverse into a tight corner, the multi-view rearview monitor makes things easy. If you venture across unexplored parts of Mid-Missouri, a Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System provides 3D renderings of terrain, buildings, and road signs to guide you. Should you want to stream music or make calls from your smartphone, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality make syncing up simple and straightforward, with an available 540-watt 12-speaker Premium Sound System on hand to immerse your cabin in rich audio.
“There’s an unbridled honesty to the Civic Type R absent in the others, but it maintains its European roots, driving character, and composure at the same time. The precision of its steering and chassis, the tractable turbocharged power, and the ludicrous-speed stability and control afforded by the aero package and adaptive dampers set this Honda apart from its American and German competitors.” ~ Motor Trend
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