Honda Civic Type R – Getting You Everywhere You Need to Go, But Faster
Honda has revealed its mightiest model ever- the Honda Civic Type R. This model was conceptualised down in 2014 but finally came into production this year. Unfortunately, the company may not release the model in Australia until as late as 2017 which presently leaves the Civic Type R destined to be a European child.
It is Honda’s first ever turbocharged vehicle and it stands up to its mark with an all-new powerful engine. The vehicle is charged by a 2.0 litre four cylinder direct injected VTEC. The efficient engine is capable of producing 306 horsepower at 6500 rpm and delivers 296 lb ft torque at 2500 rpm. Though the car touches the redline at 7000 rpm, which is much lower than the earlier versions like Type Rs, the other figures are at an all time high for all Honda models.
With this kind of hardcore inner strength, the engine is well accompanied by a six-speed manual transmission with a mechanical aluminium knob sitting atop the gear shifter. The new Honda Civic Type R sprints from a 0 speed to a 62mph speed in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 168 mph.
Honda has also shown off some new technology with the Type R in the form of four modes adjustable dampers. There is a ‘+R’ button on the instrument cluster’s left side which sits just opposite to the ‘Engine Start’ button resting on the right side. The ‘+R’ button sets the dampers to their firmest arrangement and also makes the steering tighter and improves the throttle response.
Special Brembo brakes have been fitted in the chassis which have front rotors of 13.8 inch size and also have four piston callipers. A Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension similar to that in Ford’s Revoknuckle works with two supporting kingpins that reduce torque steer and gives the Honda Civic Type R a well balanced body while driving. As far as rear suspension is concerned, higher stiffness is provided by a torsion beam with an H-shaped section. Similarly, the steering is electrically assisted and rests rack mounted.
Escalated Aerodynamic concept in the exterior
Although the earlier versions produced by Honda were all aerodynamically enabled, the new Honda Civic Type R has been updated further from the outside for looks as well as functionality.. Features that have been added in the new generation Honda offspring include: front fender outlet vents, a lower front splitter that goes well with a deep air dam, flat tray on the under-body, a higher rear wing and rear diffuser. All of these qualities give an overall high-performing, but fuel conscious experience for its buyers.
Buyers can also opt for a GT package which gives the front and rear spoilers red accents.
The Honda Civic Type R has been manufactured with a keen eye towards convenience packed with maximum safety to enhance the driver’s experience even at higher speeds. The car gives adequate warnings like the front collision warning and lane departure warning. Parking sensors work well to avoid unnecessary hits during parking and even make it easier to come out of the parking areas.
High-back sports seats await the driver and passengers and are as stylish as they are comfortable. The material that makes the ambience all the more beautiful is black faux suede in the seat covers which has been further highlighted by red out-stitching. The look of the steering wheel has also been enhanced by red stitching topped with a red band in the centre.
The standard media and communication system includes: a better navigation system, higher quality audio system, rain-sensing wipers, and an automatic dual-zone climate control have all been incorporated.
Pricing and worth
Interested buyers will have to shell out approximately $45000 to $ 55000 to own a new Honda Civic Type R. Its hatchback style and aerodynamic exterior, definitely give it an edge during racing events. One thing is for sure, sports car lovers will have a satisfying experience owning and using a Honda Civic Type R for fun driving as well as for their day-to-day.