"Comfort", "Sport" and track-focused 'R+' modes alter the steering, throttle, damper and gearshift response. As before, the Type R's interior is full of carbon-fiber detailing, a slick aluminum shift knob, and a sportier, more menacing instrument cluster design.
The heart of the Civic Type R is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Sharing the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment - both on road and on the race track.
While the drivetrain isn't a significant upgrade over the outgoing Type R, there's a lot to get excited about in the chassis department.
The hot hatch will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox - which is paired with a rev-match control system - and power is sent exclusively to the front wheels.
Meanwhile, there's a new four-wheel Adaptive Suspension System with three-chamber dampers, along with a new Dual-Axis front suspension setup with aluminum lower arms and steering knuckles to benefit high-speed cornering while also cutting torque steer.
Visually, the new Type R retains its trademark extrovert styling, but Honda claims the new model has a "more comprehensive aerodynamic package" than its predecessor. So the arrival of a new 2017 Civic Type R in the USA late this spring is a highly anticipated event, to say the least.
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Expect to see the 2017 Honda Civic Type R in showrooms late spring going for somewhere in the mid-$30k range.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre VTEC engine, "optimised and refined" for the new model. Three driver-selectable modes (Comfort, Sport, and +R) adjust the steering, throttle response, stability control, suspension, and the transmission's rev-matching system, which automatically blips the throttle for smoother shifts.
Enhanced driving modesLike a number of modern cars, the Type R will be a transformer, with different driving modes.
The current Type R has been criticised for being too performance-focused, so this move is an acknowledgement that a more middle-of-the-road approach is needed in order to attract a broader audience, not least in the U.S., where the Type R will be sold for the first time. The red Honda badge that's de rigueur among Type R variants is featured prominently in front and back.
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The front-wheel-drive performance hero also benefits from revised aerodynamics including supercar-spec flat underbody elements and oversized spoilers created to deliver increased downforce at speed.