2017 Honda Civic Type R: A New Generation of Beast Mode Debuts in Geneva

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show is more than proof that our preferred automaker still can pull off a hot hatch that’s as quick as it is stylish. It drives the point home that if you ask nicely for something long enough, it’s yours. After years of enthusiasts clamoring for its presence in America, the Type R will be arriving this spring.

But first, let’s take a look at just what we’re getting. The Type R of 2017 is based off the new tenth generation Civic hatchback, adding a rear spoiler, air intakes, specialty brakes, and a new engine to differentiate it from its more pedestrian kinfolk. It will only come in the Touring trim—understandable for a range-topping model—which also give drivers LED headlamps, heated seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.

Yet the real secret is how much power this model is going to get, and how drivers will access it. Here, there’s nothing but good news. While many lamented that the 10th generation Civic was introduced without a manual transmission on its turbo models, the Type R is manual all the way. Better yet, with 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of twist kicking in at 2,500 RPM on the rev range, it’s got the get-up-and-go you expect from a hot hatch.

The new Type R will arrive at our Honda dealership in Gardena, CA in the spring. If you’re one of the many seeking to take one for a spin, let us know as soon as you can, so we can schedule you for a test drive when it arrives.

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