The wait is nearly over: New 2017 Honda Civic Type R

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One of the most anticipated models in its history with the unveiling of the production, the long-awaited Civic Type R, is slated to go on sale in Canada this summer with an MSRP in the low $40k range, is the first ever Type R-badged Honda to be sold in Canada. The Type R will feature a high performance 2.0- liter turbocharged power train, substantially upgraded body and chassis, and other trackready, Nürburg ring-tuned and tested performance components.

The 2017 Civic Type R will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 12, 2017. The new Civic Type R, sharing the body style of the 5-door hatchback variant of the tenthgeneration global Honda Civic platform, will be powered by a North American built 2.0-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged i-VTEC in-line 4- cylinder engine with peak ratings of 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. The engine will be mated exclusively to a short-throw 6- speed manual transmission with rev matching capability – employing automatic throttle blips for smoother shifts and power delivery. A new single-mass flywheel reduces clutch inertia by 25 percent versus the previous (European) Type R and a lower final gear ratio is employed to improve acceleration response. The Civic Type R chassis builds on the major upgrades undertaken for the 10thgeneration Civic make over with model-exclusive spring, damper and bushing settings, a new Dual-Axis front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer; a new four-wheel Adaptive Suspension System with threechamber dampers; a retuned and adaptive dual-pinion electric power steering system with variable gear ratio; and a helical limited-slip front differential. Mounted to the suspension are 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels shod with 245/30R 20 Continental Conti SportContact 6 performance tires. Decisive stopping power comes from Brembo 4-pot aluminum calipers squeezing 350mm (13.8- inch) cross-drilled rotors at the front. The rear braking system features solid 305mm (12-inch) rotors. Ultra-high strength steel is used for 14 percent of the body structure, and the Type R has an aluminum hood, contributing to a 16 kg (35 lb) reduction in body weight versus the previous Type R, and a 7 kg (15 lb) reduction versus the base 2017 Civic Hatchback. The 2017 Civic Type R is designed to reward the driver in all driving conditions, on the track and on the street, and features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. The driver selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission revmatching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System. Utilizing new, three-chamber dampers, individual stroke sensors and three vehicle-G sensors, the new damper system offers a wider range of variability for ride comfort and dynamic handling response.

The 2017 Civic Type R will launch this summer in a single, premium-contented trim. A 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with embedded Honda Navigation system has both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility; and should the driver ever tire of hearing the Type R growl, a 542-watt, 12- speaker audio system with SiriusXM 2.0, HD Radio compatibility is also provided as standard. Additional interior Type R features include heavily bolstered sports seats, leatherwrapped steering wheel and shift boot, aluminum shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, red Type R driver’s meter and serialized Type R plate on the center console. This car is going to be in big demand, so get in there first.