The Honda Civic Type R, in its production form, has made a debut at the Geneva Motor Show. On the exterior, the hot hatch sports a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a wide front splitter, ventilated front fenders, deep side skirts, flat underbody panel and a rear diffuser. The rear wing is based on the one seen on the Type R Concept. Other noteworthy exterior features are enlarged wheel arches that house 235/35R19 tires on 19-inch alloy wheels and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.
The Civic Type R aerodynamics have been developed in a way to ensure not just high-speed, but also high-speed stability and high levels of downforce. The flat underbody channels air to the rear diffuser and sticks the car onto the road. The angle, height, shape and the vertical end plates of the airfoil have been designed to optimize downforce without adding to the drag at higher speeds. This kind of airfoil structure improves stability, especially at high-speed corners.
Under the hood, there lies a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC TURBO petrol engine that produces 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Power is channelled to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. The Type R sprints 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and tops out at a “class-leading” 270 km/h. Stopping power is provided by Brembo brake package which has been developed specifically for this car.
The Civic Type R incorporates a newly developed four-point Adaptive Damper System which enables continuous independent control of each wheel. This feature significantly improves ride quality and stability even in extreme track-driving. Thanks to a Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system, the torque steer has been reduced by 50% compared to that of the standard Civic. This again, improves stability and high-speed cornering, and also enhances steering feel.
The sporty-feeling is not missed inside the cabin. The gear lever knob is made from machined aluminum alloy. The high-backed sports seats are trimmed in suede-effect black fabric with red double stitching which is also seen on the black leather steering wheel and black gear-lever gaiter. Black fabric trim is used in roof-lining.
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