• Engineered to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot hatch segment
• Optimised and refined 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO with an output of 320 PS and 400Nm of torque
• New Type R further refines sporty dynamics of new Civic hatchback heightening driving performance
• Sales to begin summer 2017
• To be built in Swindon, UK, for markets worldwide, including Japan and USA
Honda has revealed the all-new Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, ahead of the model’s European launch in the summer. The new car builds on Honda’s heritage in developing high-performance hatchbacks, and represents the segment’s ultimate expression of dynamic purity.
Sharing the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback, the new Type R has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment – both on road and on the race track.
Revised 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine and 6-speed manual transmission
The 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO ‘heart’ of the multi-award-winning previous generation Type R has been optimised and refined and now produces 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm. Throttle response and driveability have improved thanks to optimised engine control settings.
The smooth and precise six-speed manual transmission is further improved by a rev match control system, ensuring no compromise in the Type R’s intimate, rewarding connection with the driver.
A stiffer chassis and revised suspension
The new Type R takes the lighter, more rigid body shell of the new Civic hatchback and adds further use of adhesive in key areas. Compared to the previous Type R, torsional rigidity is further improved by 38%.
The front Macpherson strut suspension of the standard hatchback is revised with new geometry to minimise torque steer and maximise sporty handling. At the rear, the new independent multi-link system of the standard car is improved with the use of unique high rigidity suspension arms.
Enhanced driving modes
An enhanced selection of driving modes give the car greater usability compared to the previous Type R. A new ‘Comfort’ setting sits alongside agile ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’ modes. Each selection tailors the adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift feeling and throttle response of the car on demand.
Refined aerodynamics for high-speed stability
The all-new Type R has a more comprehensive aerodynamic package than the previous model, including a smoother underbody, front air curtain, a lightweight rear wing and vortex generators at the trailing edge of the roof line. The muscular, aggressive body has a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, contributing to greater high speed stability.
Produced in Europe, exported to major markets worldwide
Production of the new Civic Type R is anticipated to start in summer 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon – the global manufacturing hub for the 10th generation Civic hatchback.
The Type R will be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US. Its arrival in North America will mark the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold there.
Off the back of the success of becoming Honda’s global production hub for the all-new Civic, we are currently midway through recruiting September’s intake of new apprentices. This year, Honda received the highest volume of apprenticeship applications since the introduction of the programme in 1999. We aim to train the next generation of engineers to support ongoing company success.
Currently, the apprentices enrol on to the Technical Engineering - Mechatronics Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme. This four-year programme consists of a combination of on the job training and class-based learning to ensure apprentices develop the necessary broad range of technical skills and experience required.
In September 2017, we are introducing a second apprenticeship scheme. The new Toolmaking Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme will develop Tool and Die Maintenance Technicians that will be responsible for maintaining the specialist tooling that is in use throughout our site.
Jason Smith, Director at Honda of the UK Manufacturing, says: “We’re incredibly excited to be introducing the new Toolmaking Trailblazer Apprenticeship this year. It is brilliant to see such a high number of applications and these candidates will be joining extremely rewarding programmes at a very exciting time for Honda.”
Honda has been investing in Engineering Apprenticeship Training for the past 18 years with more than 170 apprentices successfully completing the programme to date.
Honda is offering a week’s work experience to Year 10 pupils, who would like to complete their placements at our factory in Swindon, one of the largest car manufacturers in the UK. The placement will run from Monday 17th July 2017 for one week.
If you are interested in an Engineering, HR or Business Studies placement, please click here to download and complete the application form and return back to us either by post or email.
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