2017 HONDA CIVIC TYPE-R - THE CHAMPION UNLEASHED
The all-new, all-powerful FK8 Honda Civic Type R hot hatch is here and it can be yours for a cool RM320,000 (excluding insurance). Launched by Honda Malaysia at the Malaysia Autoshow 2017 in MAEPS, Serdang, this hot hatch is available only in one colour - Championship White, which is synonymous with performance Hondas.
The all-new Civic Type R is known as the world’s fastest front-wheel-drive production car after setting a lap record of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds in the famed Nürburgring “Green Hell” circuit in Germany earlier in April 2017.
In relative terms, its 0-100km/h time is 5.7 seconds.
The Civic Type R is a global model and comes from Honda’s production facility in Swindon, United Kingdom. The engine however, is made in Honda’s facility in Anna, Ohio, USA.
The K20C1 engine is a 2.0L VTEC turbo pushing out 310PS and 400Nm to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox with close ratios and precise feel.
Keeping the car more versatile is the 3-way Driving Modes (Comfort, Sport and R+) which allows the car to be driven comfortably in a daily commute or go all out on the race track.
The Driving Modes also control the Adaptive Damper System (ADS) with electro-magnetic coils, Drive-By-Wire throttle (DBW), Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), traction and brake systems.
Also included are Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Dynamic Guidelines, as well as 6 airbags and ISOFIX anchors.
Toggling the Driving Modes also change the meter display design that indicates throttle response and brake input, turbo boost meter, rev indicator, G-meter display and lap time, depending on the drive mode selected.
On the inside, the front seats are lightweight bucket seats in red and black upholstery and the red pinstripe combined with the carbon fiber deco panel, and the leather steering wheel with titanium silver and red trimmings add some more sportiness.
Every Civic Type R includes an exclusive serial number plate on the centre console.
The all-new Honda Civic Type R can only be viewed and booked at any one of Honda Malaysia’s 20 authorized Sport Dealers nationwide.
The Civic Type R also comes with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty. Service interval is 10,000km and the car accepts RON95 petrol.
Thus far, Honda Malaysia has received 60 bookings for the Civic Type R, exceeding their initial expectation of 30 units per month. The car was previously on display at the Malaysia Autoshow 2017 and visitors stood a chance to take a taxi ride in the Civic Type R.
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