In these times of talk about autonomous cars, electric everything and all things crossovers, seeing the Honda Civic Type-R Prototype is immensely refreshing, and encouraging for enthusiast.
To actually have this car in Canada is something of a triumph. Unleashed in 1997, Canadian Honda had expressed the desire to see it make its way to our market some 20 years ago. We were blessed with the Acura Integra Type R but it’s been out of circulation for just over 15 years. Enter 2017 and we’re blessed all over again!
As an undeniable member of the hot compact and/or hatchback club, which includes the Ford Focus RS, VW Golf R and Subaru WRX STI (and previously the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO), the Type R has quite a challenge on its hands, and a reputation to defend.
The new Civic Type R is the only member of this exclusive group to NOT feature AWD but we all know how good a finely tuned FWD Honda can be. Very importantly, and as a first time for the R, it will be turbocharged.
Details are scarce but the mill will likely be a 2.0-liter capable of more than 300-horsepower. The number could be as high as 340-horsepower according to some sources. The big revelation will be torque, an otherwise unknown item for high-performance 4-cylinder Hondas. That number will hover right around the 300 mark as well. The only transmission offered will be a 6-speed manual (thank you Honda!) and the suspension will be electronically adjustable.
If you’re hoping for a 2-door coupe or 3-door hatch, sorry. The next Type R will a 5-door unit and look very much like the prototype on display at the MIAS. The Prototype’s red-upholstered highly bolstered seats should make the final cut as will the massive amount of aero. It would seem as though matte finishes will be on the menu as well.
For the moment, we known not of the pricing but we were told to expect the car by the summer.