The new Honda Civic Type R is packing a turbocharged 2.0-litre VTEC engine that will produce 306bhp and 295lb ft of torque to the front tires. Peak power is reached at 6500rpm and a 7000rpm redline and with a third more power and over double the torque of the last Civic Type-R, this new Civic Type R represents a massive step forward.
As you would expect, the car produces some impressive performance figures. 0-62mph is accomplished in just 5.7 seconds and the top speed is 167mph. Both figures are better than any of the Civic’s main rivals.
This is a powerful front-wheel drive car, but Honda has a couple tricks up their sleeve to ensure that the car isn’t all torque steer and wheel spinning madness. The first is the mechanical limited-slip differential. The next one is a bit more interesting. The Civic Type R has a “Dual Axis Strut” front suspension system. This system operates in a similar manner to Ford’s RevoKnuckle and can reduce torque steer by up to 50 percent. The Civic gets a set of adaptive four-stage dampers and while the front receives the posh “Dual Axis” setup, the rear is an H-shaped torsion beam setup.
The Type-R’s driving experience can be adjusted with the touch of a button. Specifically, the “+R” button that will firm the suspension by 30 per cent, steering power assistance decreases, while the engine’s responsiveness and torque mapping become a little more aggressive.
Honda stated that the new Type-R has been given an extensive aero package. There is a wide front splitter and huge side skirts that manage airflow and reduce lift. They have also added new front bumper which is shaped to quell turbulence around the wheels. The underside is completely flat which aides airflow to the rear diffusers.