2017 Honda Civic Type R: First Drive Review

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience
Tenth Generation
The new Civic’s bold styling has been somewhat polarizing, but it definitely stands out in a crowd of conventional compact cars. The Civic Type R takes things another giant step via aerodynamic and performance updates including a bold front fascia, wider fenders, a hood scoop, a large rear wing, roof-mounted vortex generators, a wider track, a three-outlet exhaust and 20-inch wheels. Based exclusively on the Civic 5-door hatchback and built in Honda’s Swindon, UK, plant, the Type R is 1.5-inches longer and 3.1-inches wider than the standard version and uses adhesives to increase torsional stiffness without increasing weight. The rear wing reduces lift and adds downforce; the hood scoop provides engine cooling and manages airflow; and the intercooler is mounted low in front behind the grille.

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