Paris Motor Show | New Honda Civic Type R Becomes a Talking Point

Honda used the Paris Motor Show to unveil its 10th generation Civic, including a grand unveiling of the new Type R. As we reported on the morning of the first media day, the new Civic is a total redesign of the current ninth generation car – significantly larger and with a thoroughly reworked design.

Smaller Engines, More Power

In the standard Civic there is a choice of a 1-litre turbo petrol engine, or a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, producing 127hp and 180hp respectively and a lump more torque than the outgoing naturally aspirated engines. A new six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmit this power to the road through the front wheels.

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Ride comfort has been addressed through lower arm MacPherson struts at the front and an all-new multilink set-up at the rear. The body’s torsional rigidity has been much improved (by 52%) through a new advanced unibody platform which is actually 16kg lighter than the previous generation. This combination should also deliver very competent handling from the new Civic.

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As ever with a new model, interior space has been improved across the board and Honda is promising more better materials creating a more premium cabin. Connectivity is central to the new Civic experience and Honda has create a ‘Technology centre’ within the centre console with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integrated, along with the usual suspects such as Bluetooth. Overall, the new car is shaping up to be much improved over its predecessor.

Talking point: The Honda Civic Type R

It’s a car that has created a buzz and split opinion since the first images were released to the world on the morning of the 29th. The New Honda Civic Type R prototype has taken the basic shape of the Civic and taken it to the extreme. Rarely have we seen what we believe to be an almost production ready car look as extreme as the 10th generation Type R. Obviously, we know Honda like using aero to make its performance models faster, but the wings, splitters and running boards on the car revealed in Paris – whilst no doubt effective – don’t exactly make for a harmonious design in many people’s eyes. Similarly, the sheer number of angles on the Type R is difficult to comprehend without seeing it in the flesh.

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What we do expect – and with no fewer than three exhausts backing this up – is significant power from what we reckon will be another turbocharged 2-litre four cylinder lump. The continuous arms war that is the ‘Ring lap time will no doubt be in Honda’s mind, especially if the Type R is FWD only, so like the styling of the car, they will have thrown the proverbial kitchen sink at the way it goes round a track.

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At Banzai we’re still coming to terms with the way the car looks so we’d love to hear your thoughts. Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

Best of the Rest

If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that the new Honda NSX is a masterpiece. Despite having driven it, looked at it and been the first magazine to get timing gear on it, we still loved seeing it in Paris.

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Subaru was there with its WRX STI and BRZ combo, and down with the more mundane Japanese metal was Nissan with its really rather attractive new Micra which is due for release in 2017 and in the same corner of the market, Honda with its new Jazz. Lexus’s future design direction was hinted at with the UX Concept – an SUV with a really distinctive interior and rear suicide doors to top off the look. Don’t expect it to make production, but do expect to see some of the details it showcases to appear on future Lexus models.

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