Honda Civic Type R

The Wait Is Nearly Over: Honda Civic Type R

  • First Type R-badged Honda available in Canada goes on sale this summer
  • Most powerful, quickest, fastest and most agile Civic ever
  • 2.0-liter i-VTEC® DI TURBO: 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque
  • Major chassis and suspension upgrades for track-ready performance

The new Civic Type R, sharing the body style of the 5-door hatchback variant of the tenth-generation global Honda Civic platform, will be powered by a North American built 2.0-liter DOHC, direct-injected and turbocharged i-VTEC in-line 4-cylinder engine with peak ratings of 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. The engine will be mated exclusively to a short-throw 6-speed manual transmission with rev matching capability – employing automatic throttle blips for smoother shifts and power delivery. A new single-mass flywheel reduces clutch inertia by 25 percent versus the previous (European) Type R and a lower final gear ratio is employed to improve acceleration response.

The Civic Type R chassis builds on the major upgrades undertaken for the 10th-generation Civic makeover with model-exclusive spring, damper and bushing settings, a new Dual-Axis front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles for improved at-the-limit cornering and reduced torque steer; a new four-wheel Adaptive Suspension System with three-chamber dampers; a retuned and adaptive dual-pinion electric power steering system with variable gear ratio; and a helical limited-slip front differential. Mounted to the suspension are 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels shod with 245/30R 20 Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires. Decisive stopping power comes from Brembo 4-pot aluminum calipers squeezing 350mm (13.8-inch) cross-drilled rotors at the front. The rear braking system features solid 305mm (12-inch) rotors.

The Type R’s scalpel-sharp responses are further enhanced by a body more rigid than the substantially improved Civic Hatchback on which it’s based – with a 38 percent increase in torsional rigidity and 45 percent gain in bending rigidity versus the previous Civic Type R – enhancing steering response and cornering stability while mitigating body vibration and cabin noise. The improvements are made possible by the application of structural adhesive throughout the body. Ultra-high strength steel is used for 14 percent of the body structure, and the Type R has an aluminum hood, contributing to a 16 kg (35 lb) reduction in body weight versus the previous Type R, and a 7 kg (15 lb) reduction versus the base Civic Hatchback.

The Civic Type R is designed to reward the driver in all driving conditions, on the track and on the street, and features three driving modes: Comfort, Sport (default) and +R. The driver selectable modes adjust steering and throttle response, transmission rev-matching, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and the Adaptive Damper System. Utilizing new, three-chamber dampers, individual stroke sensors and three vehicle-G sensors, the new damper system offers a wider range of variability for ride comfort and dynamic handling response.

The Civic Type R features a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with embedded Honda Navigation system has both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility; and should the driver ever tire of hearing the Type R growl, a 542-watt, 12-speaker audio system with SiriusXM 2.0, HD Radio compatibility is also provided as standard.

Additional interior Type R features include heavily bolstered sports seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift boot, titanium shift knob, aluminum sport pedals, red Type R driver’s meter and serialized Type R plate on the center console.

The Civic Type R will be manufactured by Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing in Swindon, England, with its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine made by Honda of America Mfg. at its Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Specifications and Features Overview


Engine Type L-4 2.0L DOHC i-VTEC turbocharged engine with dual valve timing control
Horsepower 306 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 295 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500-4,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual transmission


Drivetrain Front wheel drive with limited slip differential
Steering Dual pinion electric power steering with variable ratio and active steering
Suspension Dual axis front strut suspension and independent multilink rear suspension with adaptive damper system
Brakes Front Brembo aluminum four piston calipers with drilled 350mm (13.8-inch) rotor brakes. Rear brakes feature solid 305mm (12-inch) rotors
Wheels 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels
Tires 245/30R 20 Continental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires

Driving Modes

· Three-mode driving dynamics control with Comfort, Sport (default) and “+R” modes adjust dampers, steering, throttle response, transmission (rev matching), VSA (vehicle stability assist) and traction control systems


· Increased body stiffness over current Civic Hatchback and previous generation Type R


· LED headlights, fog lights, brake lights and mirror integrated LED turn signals

· Honda LaneWatch blind spot display


· High-bolstered sport seats with red/black suede-effect fabric

· Leather wrapped steering wheel

· Titanium shift knob

· Sport/racing pedals

· Illuminated visors


· Display Audio with Navi

· Dual Auto HVAC

· XM and HD Radio

· 12 speaker 542-watt premium audio system

· Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™



  • Honda Civic Type-R 2017 Exterior