Honda un­veils 2017 Civic Type R

South Waikato News - - Motoring -

Honda has fi­nally un­veiled its Civic Type R per­for­mance car.

The lat­est ver­sion of Honda’s hot hatch made its of­fi­cial de­but at the 2017 Geneva mo­tor show along­side su­per­cars from the world’s most ex­clu­sive mar­ques.

Pow­ered by a tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-cylin­der engine, the Civic of­fers 235kw of power and 400Nm of torque - well more than ri­val mod­els such as the Volk­swa­gen Golf R.

The Ja­panese gi­ant prom­ises that its re­vised model will be "the most re­ward­ing" hot hatch for driv­ers, thanks to a va­ri­ety of im­prove­ments to an ex­ist­ing model al­ready of­fered in Europe.

The 2017 car fea­tures a stiffer chas­sis, a new rev-match sys­tem for its six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and new mul­ti­mode sus­pen­sion with com­fort, sport and track driv­ing modes to help it take on the world’s top hatch­backs.

The front-wheel-drive per­for­mance hero also ben­e­fits from re­vised aero­dy­nam­ics in­clud­ing su­per­car-spec flat un­der­body el­e­ments and over­sized spoil­ers de­signed to de­liver in­creased down­force at speed.

Honda also con­firmed in Geneva that it will take the up­graded model back to the Nur­bur­gring to re­claim the front-wheel drive lap record bro­ken by Volk­swa­gen’s Europe­only GTI Con­cept S.

The car forms an im­por­tant part of Honda’s prod­uct-led resur­gence, join­ing the re­born NSX su­per­car as a gen­uine op­tion for en­thu­si­ast driv­ers.

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