Fifty years from now, visitors to vintage car shows will crowd around perfectly preserved 2017 Honda Civic Type R models; during the intervening years, it’s a vehicle you’ll never really stop wanting, even if gasoline gives way to electric and wheels give way to hover plates. For the Honda Civic Type R is a vehicle expressing unfiltered high-performance, and the 302 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque that rushes from its 2.0L VTEC turbocharged engine and streams with savage fury from a specially tuned center-exit triple exhaust system will enthrall the driving elite just as surely as it overwhelms the everyday driver.
Working to tame that output is a score of sophisticated features more commonly associated with track than road, including a limited slip differential, adaptive damper system, and 20-inch black alloy wheels with high-performance rubber and large, red Brembo front brake calipers. Those brakes perfectly accent the vehicle’s searing lines, aggressive grille, and exclusive Championship White paint. A front splitter, vented front fenders, functional side skirts, vortex generators, and rear wing are also evident across the body, blending improved aerodynamics with a fierce presence unmistakable across the roads of West Michigan.
Interior fittings achieve a similar fusion of comfort and attitude. Lightweight front bucket seats maintain deep support through corners; brushed aluminum sport pedals deliver heel-toe-friendly grip, and you’ll command your drive through a leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel and aluminum shift knob. As befitting a track-ready vehicle, fancy fabrics and creature comforts are kept to a minimum, but a surprisingly strong list of onboard technology includes Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation, 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 540-watt 12-speaker premium sound system, and a multi-view rearview camera.
“There’s an unbridled honesty to the Civic Type R absent in the others, but it maintains its European roots, driving character, and composure at the same time. The precision of its steering and chassis, the tractable turbocharged power, and the ludicrous-speed stability and control afforded by the aero package and adaptive dampers set this Honda apart from its American and German competitors.” ~ Motor Trend
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