Once again, the new 2017 Honda Civic Type R is a must-drive compact sedan thanks to the zesty and fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, a satisfying handling, spacious cabin, advanced infotainment and safety technologies, big trunk, and daring looks. The Type R release date, although unconfirmed, should be expected sometime in the middle of 2017, probably around June.
While the Honda Civic has had quite a tumultuous run ever since it was released some few years ago, it has managed to garner both cynics and fans alike. Honda has made some changes to the Type R which are meant to offer it a competitive advantage over its rivals who have also improved by leaps and bounds.
Its interior boasts of several updates including a nifty touchscreen interface that offers a faster response and crisp graphics unlike the previous model. The looks are edgy yet mature, and the audio and climate controls are well-laid. And similar to the best Civics of yore, it handles well and feels sporty especially on winding back roads.
Most often, we take Honda’s claim of having “best-in-class interior volume” with a grain of salt, however, for 2017, it seems to hold water as the interior volume it offers might even question the need for an Accord. Nitpicking has only yielded one foible – price tag. With an asking price or around $47,249 for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R EX trim model, some might conclude it’s a rip off relative to what other vehicles are going for in the same segment.
Exterior 2017 Honda Civic Type R colors include Championship White, Milano Red, Brilliant Sporty Blue, Polished Metal, and Crystal Black. Some of the distinctive features offered inside the cabin includes red double stitching, high-backed sport seats, black gear-lever gaiter, black leather-clad steering wheel, and unique trimming details.
For a better driving experience, some of the suspension technologies offered include a new four-point Adaptive Damper System. This features enables the Type R to maintain a stable, flat ride, limited wheel-load transfer, and deliver exceptional road holding performance. The other system is the Advanced Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension that, in comparison to the standard suspension set up, helps reduce torque steer by up to fifty percent by improving the on-the-limit cornering and steering feel, and high speed stability.
For those who see its price tag as a threat to their financial statements, there are other alternatives to consider such as the 2017 Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R. The Golf R is a hot hatch option that the Type R will have to battle fiercely against in the UK and here in the States. It offers lots of technologies and features worth craving for. Performance wise, it’s also a force to reckon with, with an output rated at 292 horsepower and 280 lbs. ft. of torque.
The Ford Focus RS is yet another hot hatch that promises the Type R a run for its money. It boasts a power output rated at 315 hp generated from its 2.3L EcoBoost engine. Rumors allege it will check in at around $35,000 in the U.S.A.
2017 Honda Civic Type R Engine Specs
Motivation is offered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 306 hp and 295 lbs. ft. of torque. The power is channeled to the front wheels via the six-speed manual transmission system. 2017 Honda Civic Type R 0-60 mph only takes about 5.7 seconds, while its top speed is rated at 167 mph.
2017 Honda Civic Type R Interior Accessories & Exterior Changes
Some of the standard features available include cruise control, a five-inch touchscreen interface, USB port, Pandora connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, driver height adjustment, a four-speaker audio system, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, text-to-voice connectivity, a trip computer, heated side mirrors, rear deck spoilers, satellite and HD radio, an integrated navigation system, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and all the contents of the Honda Sensing package.
2017 Honda Civic Type R U.S.A Release Date & Price
Rumors within industry and media circles allege the new model will probably go for sale sometime in the middle of 2017.
2017 Honda Civic Type R U.S.A price starts from an MSRP of $47,249, and about $38,493 for the Civic EX trim model.