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Get a Sneak Peek at the New 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Get ready, Honda fans! Soon the 2017 Honda Civic Type R will arrive on the shores of the U.S. This is one of the most highly-anticipated automobile reveals in generations. Honda engineers have worked feverishly to deliver on the promise of a fast, stylish, powerful, unique vehicle that hasn’t been seen before.

Let’s give you a sneak peak. Everyone is talking about the power and speed of this new vehicle and they won’t be disappointed. It is equipped with an exclusive 2.0-liter, four-cylinder i-VTEC engine that’s both turbocharged and direct-injected and will generate 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm.

As an owner of a 2017 Honda Civic Type R, we promise you will be noticed. All eyes will be staring at the black front grille, wide air vents, and an air duct cutting into the hood. Honda engineers have designed the new Type R with front and side splitters, a rear diffuser, and vortex generators to keep it firmly planted on the street or track. It sits lower and wider to the ground with its 20-inch alloy wheels and red Honda emblems. What really sets this model apart is its huge boy racer wing and three round exhaust tips. While engineers based the Type R on a 10th-generation four-door hatchback Civic, there is no mistaking it for a regular Civic.

To increase its speed, Honda engineers have designed the new Type R with aerodynamic extras. Air currents pass the intercooler and exit behind the wheel due to the air ducts on the edges of the foglights. To create downforce on the front axle, little winglets are positioned on each side of the front diffuser.

And now, what does the 2017 Honda Civic Type R driver have to look forward to? First, the lightweight bucket front seats embrace the driver’s body and provide a comfortable ride. Drivers will appreciate the grip and feel of the leather-upholstered steering wheel. Once behind the wheel, the driver has three choices of driving modes: Normal or Comfort, Sport, and +R or Track. Each of these three customized drive modes will retune the suspension, throttle, and steering settings and provide maximum performance. An easy-to-read customizable digital meter display provides the driver with important data, such as boost pressure, g-forces, and track times along with a metal plaque engraved with the car’s serial number. New software has been added to the new dual-pinion steering system to allow for better control.

But not to worry that this is a bare-bones racecar—it’s not. Honda engineers did not forget the newest technology, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a 540-watt sound system with 12 speakers for complete amplification. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard.

If speed and looks don’t draw enough attention to the new 2017 Civic Type R, everyone will hear the roar coming from its center-exit triple-exhaust tip system. Expect to see the 2017 Honda Civic Type R at dealerships across the country in late spring.