New Civic Type R re­tains its hard­core edge

Auto Car (UK) - - GENEVA MOTOR SHOW -

THE NEW HONDA Civic Type R hasn’t gone soft, de­spite its new US re­mit, larger size and new re­fined char­ac­ter facets. So says Honda’s Uk-based New Model Cen­tre di­vi­sion man­ager, Phil Hay­don, who has been driv­ing a pro­to­type ver­sion for ex­tended pe­ri­ods.

“The new Com­fort driv­ing mode cer­tainly makes the ride more civil and we’ve made sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to re­fine­ment,” said Hay­don, “but in R+ mode, the new car is even firmer-rid­ing and more ex­cit­ing than be­fore. We have a more rigid body, wider axle tracks, wider tyres and a lower cen­tre of grav­ity in play.”

He also called the new Type R a “greater engi­neer­ing achieve­ment” than its pre­de­ces­sor. He said: “It’s still our idea of the ul­ti­mate fron­twheel-drive hot hatch­back.”

The new Type R’s 10bhp rise has been widely re­ported, but a more aero­dy­namic body con­trib­utes just as tellingly to im­prove­ments in per­for­mance, said Hay­don.

Hay­don ad­vised to ex­pect “a mar­ginal gain” on 0-62mph per­for­mance. Honda plans to at­tempt to set a new fron­twheel-drive Nür­bur­gring lap record later this spring.

New Civic Type R is “even more ex­cit­ing than be­fore” in R+ mode

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