Geneva Motor Show has given us more mechanical excitement, revealing the 2017 Honda Civic Type R ahead of its official European launch this summer. Almost 20 years since its introduction back 1997, this front-wheel drive monster gives out 316 horsepower and comes with a raft of improvements to its performance, handling and styling.
First off, under the bonet lies a 2.0 litre VTEC engine that has been “optimised and refined” specially for the new model. Producing 316hp, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R isn’t a slouch that’s for certain, although it doesn’t challenge the all-wheel-drive Ford Focus RS that produces 345bhp, or the new Audi RS3 with 400hp.
The model also comes with three all new “enhanced driving modes”. You can choose between the agile and performance oriented “sport” mode, the “+R” track mode or the “comfort” mode. They are promised to rectify some of the previous issues the Civic Type R has with ride quality.
The current gen Civic Type R received a fair bit of backlash regarding its body kit, with claims of it being exaggerated or “purely ornamental”. The spoiler was also considered quite ridiculous and wasn’t thought to have much effect in terms of performance. This all taken into consideration, the 2017 model has a smoother underbody as well as vortex generators on the trailing edge of the roofline.
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is quite an exciting prospect and I feel it remains as one of the most exciting front-wheel drive cars to hit the market.