It is also expected to comfortably beat the performance of the outgoing Honda Civic Type R, which has a top speed of 167mph and accelerates from rest to 62mph in 5.7 seconds.
The car's engine will be manufactured in OH while the rest of the vehicle will be manufactured in Swindon, England. If those numbers weren't enough for you, the Civic Type R will weigh 15 pounds less than the base 2017 Civic hatchback, even after considerable chassis and suspension upgrades.
Honda reassures that the Civic Type R will have a mid-$30,000 price range and reminds us that the engine is made in Anna, Ohio, engine plant, while the auto is manufactured in Swindon, England.
This Honda Civic Type R is the 10th model from the Japanese manufacturer to wear the famous Type R badge since 1992, and Honda has targeted an improvement in overall dynamic performance, high-speed stability and on-track ability for the auto. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there'.
Seeing as the previous model had only been on sale for two years before being replaced, it's no surprise that the new Type R features the same 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine. A Type R exclusive 6-speed short-throw manual transmission with rev matching through auto throttle-blips will be standard, using a lower final gear ratio for better acceleration response, and a new single-mass flywheel that Honda claims will cut clutch inertia by 25-percent over the old Type R. The vehicle now comes with an aluminum hood to shave weight. Sports seats with extra bolstering will be standard, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift boot, aluminum shift knob and sports pedals, a red Type R driver's meter, and a serialized Type R plate on the center console.
'It builds on Honda's heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment's ultimate expression of dynamic purity.
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In regards the price, the new Type R will reportedly start from around £32,000 when it arrives in showrooms.
The outgoing Type R required the standard Civic's platform to be significantly re-engineered, so the model launched a long time after the regular hatchback. Elsewhere, there's a new Comfort driving mode in addition to the previous Sport and track-focused +R modes, each one adapting the adaptive dampers, steering force, gearshift feeling and throttle response to suit.
It comes with three "enhanced driving modes".
See more of the new Honda Civic in our video first drive, below.
Aerodynamics are also improved thanks to a smoother underbody, a front air curtain, a lightweight rear wing and vortex generators along the roofline.