Honda's engineers know how to make a four-cylinder sound good.
The Honda Civic Type R is one of the most eagerly anticipated hot hatches due in 2017, and a new video gives us a brief chance to hear its raspy growl. McLaren-Honda F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne got behind the wheel of one during this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
The Civic Type R goes on sale in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2017, but potential customers in the United Kingdom won't have to wait quite so long. Having made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, sales should begin sometime in summer.
Prices for the 10th-generation Civic are expected to start at around £32,000 with the desirable Type R badge, and it'll come loaded with kit including a seven-inch infotainment system and full LED headlights. Under the bonnet, a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder will produce 320-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque that will run through a six-speed manual to a limited-slip differential at the front wheels. The gearbox will rev match by itself, while Brembo supplies the brakes, including 13.8-inch discs in front and 12-inch units in the rear.
If you’d prefer a vehicle that’s a little less rowdy than the Type R, Honda will be selling an Si-badged model in the States later in the year. It's not been confirmed whether it'll make it to Europe – but it could make for an interesting return of the Type S badge.
Using a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder that should make in excess of 200hp, Honda will only offer this trim on the saloon and coupe bodies, whereas the Type R will be exclusive to the hatchback. Spy shots indicate that the production version looks a lot like the concept from last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.
Source: Honda, Honda Australia