January 7, 2017
The release date for one of Honda’s most anticipated vehicles, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, is drawing closer as additional information has been announced. The news announcement came as a huge relief to many loyal fans and owners of the already popular vehicle.
Reports from Road and Track have confirmed that the Type R will remain untouched by a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT, according to Autotrader is a lesser-known alternative to conventional automatic transmissions. Unlike those transmissions, a CVT doesn’t have any gears, but instead stays in a single “magical” gear.
Honda says the Type R will build upon the low and wide proportion of the new popular Civic Hatchback we’ve in previous posts. The Type R is expected to enhance the body of the hatchback with a more muscular styling and modifications to aid in its overall aerodynamic performance. The prototype of the vehicle was shown with a highly reflective and finely brushed aluminum-effect finish and the Red “H” badge. The car now features a new intake on the hood, with an air scoop sited centrally in a trapezoidal recess. The vehicle also features smoked lenses for the headlights, indicators and side indicator repeater lights that reflect the Type R’s more aggressive character.
Further reports say the Type R will feature front-wheel drive with a limited-slip differential for the front axle. The car is also said to have a lower center of gravity compared to the current version of the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, upon which the Type R is largely based. Many anticipate the vehicle to feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that delivers over 300 horsepower. This would make it almost twice as powerful as the other Civics in Honda’s lineup. With the new year upon us, the Type R is currently slated to make its production debut at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in March.