2017 Honda Civic Type R
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R has its way of getting around, after all it is the embodiment of cross-breeding. There are multiple ways that this car could make it to the top but only one way to our heart. Type R connotes speed, and that is what we ask from it as a performance car.
Alongside the Coupe and Sedan, the Type R is a derivation of the Civic lineup. Although many would have preferred the former down-to-earth versions over the race-car version. The Type R is less so of a family car and more so of a racer. But even then, it changes between racing mode and ‘daily-commute’ mode in just a flick of a switch. So ‘accountant by day, superhero by night’ isn’t just a part of the movie script. But keep in mind that we do not encourage you to go fight crimes. Leave that job to the police.
For a hatchback, this car has quite a remarkable performance spectrum. It is the most powerful front-drive hatchback with the surge of 316bhp. It fact, it has a brisk lap time and recently set a new lap record around the of 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds at the Nordschleife. That digits alone is enough for it to win the throne.
The Good and Bad of 2017 Honda Civic Type R
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is, arguably, not a bad-looking fella. See, audiences weren’t quite particularly fancy of the design, and they weren’t quite as merciful with their comments. Truth is, words has been getting around that the Type R, gently put, has a face only a mother could love. But beauty is on the eye of beholder, and it is an rather objective subject to be impartial about. Each to their own, right?
If we look beyond its appearance, the Type R is evidently a performance-fueled hatchback. The design is not all for nothing. The new Type R is new from head to toe including new chassis that is larger than its predecessor. The chassis is fundamentally 38 percent stiffer than the previous Civic, at the same time weighting 16kg lighter.
Its underbody and rear wing play their parts in stabilising the car. Given its front-drive advantage, the Type R is also the only one in its class to have improved down-force stability.
Naturally, the Type R has a six-speed manual transmission, and one of the best with precise and smooth action in between changes. So that’s a bad news for auto-transmission drivers. But really, nobody really buys a Type R and expecting it to have anything other than a manual transmission.
What powering the Type R is a 2.0-litre engine, turbocharged, and coming at 316bhp. That is 10bhp more than its predecessor. It is not the best when it comes to speed, but it is one of the best in its class. It runs from 0 to 100 km/h in about 5.7 seconds and tops at 270 km/h. Not the most green or energy efficient car in the range, but that is what we’d expect for a car of this sort.
The new 2017 Civic Type R is available in five exterior colours, Championship White, Rallye Red, Polished Metal Metallic, Aegean Blue Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl.