The new Honda Civic Type R is now available to order in Ireland from Honda dealers nationwide. The fifth generation of the high performance hot hatchback is priced from €51,750.

The new Honda Civic Type R uses the same 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine as the previous generation of the car, but has been optimised and refined and now produces 320hp with peak torque of 400Nm.

The standard six-speed manual transmission has been improved by a rev match control system.

Compared to the previous Type R, torsional rigidity is 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.

The new Honda Civic Type R has an enhanced selection of driving modes. A new ‘Comfort’ setting sits alongside ‘Sport’ and track-focused ‘+R’ modes. Each selection tailors the adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift feeling and throttle response.

2017 Honda Civic Type R

The front wheels are equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package, developed specifically for the car.

There are new 20-inch ‘berlina’ black alloy wheels, unique to the Type R and three fully-functional tailpipes are positioned in the centre of the rear diffuser. Main tailpipes on either side deliver exhaust flow from the engine, while a unique, smaller centre tailpipe controls the sonic tone of the engine.

Like the rest of the Civic range, the new Honda Civic Type R features the Honda SENSING suite of safety technologies including Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Assistance and Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control.

Also fitted as standard are Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control, which enhances control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering, and Indirect Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Buyers can add a GT Pack for an extra €2,200. This pack adds carbon fibre effect sport garnish with red trim, Blind Spot Information including Cross Traffic Monitor, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear view mirror, Honda CONNECT with Garmin Navigation, wireless charging pad, 542-watt 12-speaker audio system and LED front fog lights.

Caroline Kidd