UK-assembled, US-powered, the global Civic Type R finally hits America this June.
The reason the US market has been stiffed on the many Civic Type R models? Never has the US market Civic been a common platform with the Japanese market or EU market editions. Of course, if Honda had really wanted to, it could have developed a Type R for the US Civic. After all, the company develops other models just for the US. But looking at the future glass as half-full, the new Civic platform is now truly global, the critical stage-gate to Type R-ing in the US.
The minute specifications may differ very slightly, but count on the US edition getting all the major basics, like a turbocharged, 2.0L twin-cam inline-four with variable valve timing generating 306hp (228 kW) at 6,500rpm and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque at 2,500rpm. The European car is rated at 320PS (239kW), but the EU’s DIN method of measurement is slightly different from the US’ SAE net method. Plus, Europe certifies using 98 RON (octane) fuel, where the US fuel for SAE net certification is 95 RON. Ultimately, the real-world difference is not as great as it seems on paper—plus, when’s the last time you drove a piece of paper?
Not your average Civic
Interestingly, the Type R will receive three small mufflers and exhaust tips at the rear, the central of which serves to adjust sound as revs rise. The sole transmission will be a six-speed manual with automatic rev-matching, and the body will be in hatchback form.
The Type R’s unique suspension uses its own set of springs, bushings, and dampers, plus aluminum lower control arms and steering knuckles. A true limited-slip front differential doles out power up front, and adaptive electric-assist power steering has a variable ratio.
The Type R will not be subject to the mainstream Honda development strictures placed on other Hondas in the US. It will receive summer 245/30R20 tires, the same rear wing as global markets, red front seats, a Type R badge and serial number, unique graphics in the instrument cluster, plus the three driving modes, which change damping and throttle response between Comfort, Sport, and “+R” settings … (read more)
via Ars Technica