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Honda is indulging our ears with a new video that reveals how the upcoming Civic Type R will sound.
The entire clip showcases the new car with plenty of flashy editing and camera work, but if you’re here to hear, skip straight to the 0:48 second mark. The little 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine definitely has some bark to back up its bite, which amounts to 306 horsepower.
We just got our hands on pictures of a mystery Honda being unloaded from a transport truck in California. Although it’s clearly a concept—production cars in our experience come with roofs—it looks an awful lot like something that might eventually become the Honda ZSX, sometimes known as the baby NSX.
First and foremost, this just looks like a little NSX. The pointy features and the aerodynamism are all pure NSX. The tiny frontal area also suggests that this is a mid-engine car.
Then there’s the more circumstantial evidence of its location. Our spy photographer found this concept hanging around California, which a quick look at my Atlas tells me is in America. The very same America where the NSX was developed. The same America whose Honda office is reportedly advocating for a small sports car project.
Compact sports car fans, the time is finally here for you to go nuts over the brand new Honda Civic Type R, which will finally be making its way to North America with 306 horsepower.
Based on the new 10th-generation Civic, Honda is calling this the most powerful, quickest, fastest and most agile version of its compact car ever, and the production model has just debuted at the Geneva Motor Show looking just like the prototype.
Under the hood, you’ll find a turbocharged and direct injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That power is sent to the front wheels thanks to a short-throw six-speed manual transmission that also features automatic rev matching for quick and smooth downshifting. Compared to the last-generation European Type R, the new model also features a lower final drive ratio for better throttle response and a new single-mass flywheel that will reduce reduces clutch inertia.
There’s also a completely redone suspension setup that’s designed to reduce torque steer and improve at-the-limit handling. That’s done with a new four-wheel adaptive suspension system that is sure to be awesome on the road. The car also features an adaptive and variable ratio electric power steering system as well as a helical limited-slip front differential.
At each corner, high-performance Continental ContiSportContact 6 tires are mounted on sexy 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, and behind those are four-piston Brembo brakes and big cross-drilled rotors up front.
The chassis has also undergone several enhancements, becoming more rigid and responsive thanks to the application of structural adhesive throughout the body. The car also features an aluminum hood, helping this compact weigh less than the normal Honda Civic Hatchback.
Drivers will love the three different drive modes — with the default setting being Sport, an additional track-focused +R setting is also available alongside a tamer comfort mode. These modes adjust the steering response, throttle response, transmission rev-matching, stability
Feast your eyes on the first set of, admittedly blurry, photos of the production-spec Honda Civic Type R.
The images of the new Honda Civic Type R have leaked on the internet, and it appears very little has changed compared to the concept shown at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and 2016 L.A. Auto Show. This will be the first Civic Type R that will ever be sold in the U.S., a moment Honda enthusiasts have been waiting decades for.
Unfortunately no details have been spilled, but the Civic Type R is expected to offer more power than the current model’s 306 horsepower figure. Under the hood will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor and in true Civic fashion, it will remain front-wheel drive.
The big question remains if the Japanese automaker will chase after the Nurburgring front-wheel-drive record, which was taken by the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S last year. Look for more details on the new Honda Civic Type R next week, as AutoGuide.com will be reporting live from the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
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