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Honda's FWD Beast: Civic Type R

Honda's FWD Beast: Civic Type R

Finally, Honda has taken the wraps off the much-anticipated Civic Type R. It looks exactly like we expected it would–totally badass–but now we know the specifications that will help the car live up to the look. So let’s just get down to it: it’s front-wheel-drive with 306 horsepower.

As expected, the car is powered by Honda’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. Only for this application Honda has bumped the power output to 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, with that maximum torque figure churning out from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. That torque will flow exclusively through a short-throw six-speed manual gearbox, just as the car gods intended.

The question on your mind (and ours) is how well will the front axle handle all of that power. Well, Honda doesn’t seem concerned about it after all of the changes they’ve made to the car. The Type R features a new Dual-Axis front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles, which should improve cornering ability and reduce torque steer. Additionally the company has modified the dampers and bushings to handle the beast, including adaptive dampers at all four wheels. The adjustments take place in three different chambers per damper.

A new dual-pinion, variable ratio steering rack and helical limited-slip front differential round out the hardware changes associated with handling. All of these bits and pieces are attached to 20-inch wheels that are wrapped in Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires.

Honda has even thrown in Brembo brakes with 4-pot aluminum calipers up front. The rears are not Brembo branded.

While the Type R is based on the Civic Hatchback, it’s been beefed up to support the Type R’s badassery. Honda is claiming a 38 percent increase in torsional rigidity and 45 percent gain in bending rigidity versus the previous Civic Type R. The new Type R is also using an aluminum hood to shed 35 pounds from the scale.

Aside from the mechanical fun stuff, Type R cars obviously get the unique look inside and out. The uniqueness includes heavily bolstered sports seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift boot, aluminum shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, red Type R driver’s meter and serialized Type R plate on the center console.

Those eager to get their hands on the new Civic Type R won’t have to wait much longer. Honda says it will be on sale later this spring with a starting price in the “mid-$30,000” range.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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