After its official world debut at the 2017 Geneva auto show, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R has started making its auto show rounds in North America (including the recent AutoCon LA) with an appearance at the 2017 New York auto show. Available exclusively as a hatchback, the 2017 Civic Type R will round out the Civic family this year. It will be the first Honda Type R model ever sold in the U.S.
The car that made its debut in Geneva was finished in an eye-catching shade of pull-me-over red, which gave it an aggressive look. Although it's difficult to tell in the harsh auto show lighting, Honda confirmed to us that this Type R is painted in the brand's storied Championship White color. That paint code has appeared on such celebrated high-performance Japanese-market Honda models as the EK9 Civic Type R and NSX Type R, but we haven't seen it on these shores since the Acura Integra Type R left production in 2001.
Powering the 2017 Civic Type R is a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. If this sounds familiar, that's because it's the same unit used in the outgoing ninth-generation model that was exclusive to the European market. A six-speed manual with an automatic rev-matching feature that can be turned off is the only transmission available. Adjustable suspension with a Dual Axis front setup, aluminum lower arms, and steering knuckles comes standard with three-chamber dampers. It also has 20-inch alloy wheels shod inContinental ContiSportContact 6 performance tires. The Type R comes standard with an adaptive steering system, Brembo brakes, a helical limited-slip differential, and a full aero kit complete with a gigantic rear wing.
Honda expects the 2017 Civic Type R to start in the mid-$30,000 range with the same level of equipment as the range-topping Touring trim featured inrun-of-the-mill Civics. Standard features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a 540-watt premium audio system, sport seats with more aggressive bolsters, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift gate. The Civic Type R will slot above the recently revealed Civic Si in the performance hierarchy.