It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, debuting at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is Honda’s newest Civic Type-R and it’s finally going to appear on North American showroom floors.
Sitting under that intimidating body is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine carried over from the FK2. A power bump to 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque may not be what some are hoping for in the FK8, but there are two very good reasons as to why the guys at Honda didn’t squeeze out even more power from it.
Hideki Kakinuma, the Type R’s Assistant Project Lead, told CarThrottle that one reason for this slight increase is the limited time they had between the FK2 and FK8 as there just wasn’t enough time for an overhaul of the VTEC turbo. His second reasoning is that 306 horsepower is more than enough, especially in combination with all of the other improvements they’ve made.
Of course, for those who were looking forward to a few more ponies there’s still hope. Getting more power out of the engine is in their future plans. “Of course we will work on further development of the current engine, and that will result in a higher output, a better response”, said Kakinuma.
Another change of note is the three center-mounted exhausts with a smaller one in the middle. Aside from looking unique, the trio was designed that way to produce various noises depending on the vehicle’s RPM.
“At low RPM exhaust gas is streaming out of all three pipes in order to create a very dynamic, ‘roaring’ sound. At mid and high RPM, the middle pipe creates a certain negative pressure, which reduces the booming noise in the cabin. “
The new Civic Type R’s list of improvements just keeps going including a 38% torsional rigidity improvement, rear multi-link suspension, comfort mode, increased negative lift and more.
Honda is still keeping a few details under wraps like the Type R’s top speed, but we’ll probably hear more about it closer to summer.