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Honda Civic 2017 Type R - Check Your Pulse

Thursday, 15 June 2017 at 10.57am

Wild at heart

Advanced dynamics for superior sports handling

Raw power from a refined yet high revving 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine will trigger all your senses. It's the most extreme, high-performance engine we've ever built for a Type R and it is complemented by three new driving modes: 'Comfort', 'Sport' and a track-focused '+R' mode. They allow you to adapt the Type R's response to different surfaces and conditions - whether on the road or the racetrack.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R

Monday, 14 August 2017 at 3.10pm

Honda Civic Type R 2017

Advanced dynamics for superior sports handling

Raw power from a refined yet high revving 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine will trigger all your senses. It's the most extreme, high-performance engine we've ever built for a Type R and it is complemented by three new driving modes: 'Comfort', 'Sport' and a track-focused '+R' mode. They allow you to adapt the Type R's response to different surfaces and conditions - whether on the road or the racetrack.

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The Type R at home on the racetrack

The British-built Honda Civic Type R has taken home another trophy, this time at the 2018 Auto Express Awards, taking the title of Best Hot Hatch for the second year running.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards of the car industry, the annual Auto Express New Car Awards are given to the cars that set the highest standards in their class each year. These awards are highly important for both carmakers and customers because of the authority and integrity of the Auto Express brand.

Built in Swindon, the Civic Type R shares the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback and has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment - both on road and on the racetrack.

Phil Webb, Head of Car at Honda UK, commented:

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A victorious Matt Neal stands beside his winning Type R

Following two successes in the Honda Civic 'Type R Challenge 2018' at the Magny-Cours and Spa-Francorchamps circuits the high-performance hatchback has set a new 2mins 31.32secs lap record for a front-wheel drive production car at the Silverstone GP circuit in the UK, beating the benchmark set by the previous generation Civic Type R in a similar challenge in 2016.

The Type R was piloted by three-time British Touring Car Championship winner Matt Neal, who is currently campaigning a Honda Civic Type R in the 2018 BTCC with Halfords Yuasa Racing.

The Silverstone GP circuit is a thrilling 5.89km track featuring fast straights and high-speed corners, combined with more technical sections that demand pinpoint placement of the car. With tremendous outright pace from its optimised 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, the Civic Type R provided blistering performance to enable Neal to make the most of the straights and accelerate quickly out of the sweeping corners.

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Bertrand Baguette beside his Type R

After setting a lap record at the Magny-Cours GP circuit just last month, the high-performance hatchback has set a new lap record front-wheel drive production lap record of 2mins 53.72secs at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. The Type R was piloted by former FIA WEC LMP2 class World Champion, Bertrand Baguette, who is currently racing a Honda NSX-GT in the Super GT series with Nakajima Racing.

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of the longest tracks in the racing seasons of many categories at 7.004km, and features very fast straights and high-speed corners, along with more technical low-speed sections and significant elevation changes. The class-leading acceleration and outright speed of the Civic Type R's 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine, enabled Baguette to exploit the long straights and accelerate quickly out of the sweeping corners.

Aerodynamic performance was also critical to the lap time, and Civic Type R's finely-honed design, with a smooth underbody, front air curtain, slim rear wing and vortex generators contributed to superior levels of high-speed stability. In the car's +R mode, the Adaptive Damper System produces a firm and flat ride ideal for track driving, enabling more speed to be carried through Spa-Francorchamps' famous Eau Rouge and Kemmel Straight sections.

Speaking about the Type R and the way it handles, Bertrand Baguette said:

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Esteban Guerrieri stands beside his Civic Type R

Following the debut of the Honda Civic 'Type R Challenge 2018' car at the Geneva Motor Show, the high-performance hatchback has set a new 2mins 1.51secs lap record for a front-wheel drive production car at the Magny-Cours GP circuit in France. The Type R was piloted by WTCR driver Esteban Guerrieri, who is contesting the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup in a Honda Civic TCR with Münnich Motorsport.

The Magny-Cours GP circuit is a 4.4km track with a mix of slow hairpins, high-speed chicane sections and long straights. Civic Type R's optimised 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine produces 320 PS and 400Nm of torque, and its muscular performance helped Guerrieri to exploit the character of the track. The car's comprehensive aerodynamic package, with a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, was perfectly suited to the French circuit. In the Civic Type R's +R mode, the Adaptive Damper System produces a firmer, flatter ride and greater agility for high-performance handling.

Speaking about the lap record, Esteban Guerrieri said:

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The British built Honda Civic Type R has won the coveted What Car? Hot Hatch of the Year.

Honda Civic Type R Wins What Car? Hot Hatch of the Year

  • Civic Type R excels with yet another Hot Hatch of the Year award
  • Made in Swindon, the new Civic Type R is British built and exported world wide

The British built Honda Civic Type R has won the coveted What Car? Hot Hatch of the Year.

First unveiled as a surprise entry prototype at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September 2016, the mass production version Civic Type R went on sale last summer.

Available for under £300 a month, the Civic Type R has a top speed of 169mph and can do the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.7 seconds. The power comes from the 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine that has been optimised and refined to produce 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm.

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Civic Type R wins BBC TopGear Magazine Car of the Year

Tuesday, 5 December 2017 at 9.09am

The Type R at home on the track

The Honda Civic Type R has triumphed in the coveted BBC TopGear magazine Car of the Year awards, taking a hat-trick of honours. Picking up the hot hatch of the year, international editors' car of the year and then going on to claim the overall prize, car of the year.

The awards issue of BBC TopGear Magazine is their annual celebration of the very best cars of the year. As the world's largest monthly car magazine, this year their awards went global with the editors of all 22 of their international editions voting for their favourite cars of the year.

BBC TopGear magazine said:

The Civic Type R isn't just the best Hot Hatch of the Year, it's the best Car of the Year,

It's addictive, rhythmic and devastatingly rapid; a true hero for the masses delivering accessibility and madness in one package. The thrill comes from the sheer single-mindedness of it.

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Civic Type R on the road

The all-new Honda Civic Type R has won the 'Best Performance Car' category in the prestigious Women's World Car of the Year Awards. These international car awards are unique in having a judging panel comprised entirely of women.

  • Thrilling hot hatch adds to its collection of awards since global launch
  • New Civic Type R is made in Swindon and exported worldwide
  • Women's World Car of the Year is the only awards voted for entirely by women
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Our second 2017 Civic Type R handover

Thursday, 12 October 2017 at 12.42pm

Today we handed over our second new 2017 Civic Type R to a delighted Mrs Sara Renshaw. An experienced car buyer, but new to Trident, Mrs Renshaw was very complimentary about the service that she received from her sales executive - Paul Barnett.

Our second Civic Type R Handover Our second Civic Type R Handover

Rarely has there been so much excitement about a new model, but the 2017 Civic Type R is a truly extraordinary machine. As Inside Lane magazine said:

But the great thing about it is that you can hoon to your heart's content in this car and then ease off, slow it down, go back into Comfort Mode, and take the kids to school, or go shopping, or go to work. That's the beauty of a hot hatchback isn't it, that you can have your cake and eat it. You can have the Nürburgring lap time record holder and still use it as a daily driver.

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