Honda Japan recently announced the sales roll-out of the new Civic range, which comprises the Civic Hatchback, Civic Sedan and Civic Type R.
The new Civic series was developed to fulfill Honda’s desire to provide its customers with the top-class “joy of driving” among all C-segment models in the world. With a newly-developed platform at its core, the Civic features an advanced, low and wide form, created to achieve functional beauty, as well as a direct-injected VTEC Turbo engine which realizes both smooth acceleration and beneficial environmental performance. Highlighting the range is none other than the Civic Type R, a tuned-up version of the base model.
Featuring a form created to achieve functional beauty based on the low and wide design, styling was achieved that enhances the beauty of the vehicle in motion while also enhancing dynamic performance. The new Civic Sedan features a coupe-like flowing roofline and rigid-looking and sculpted side panels. While sharing the basic framework with the Sedan, the new Civic Hatchback highlights enhanced sportiness by featuring a dynamic and sporty design as viewed from behind.
Top-notch aerodynamic characteristics were realized with the high-rigidity, lightweight, low-center-of-gravity and low-inertia body based on a newly-developed platform, which contributes to the stability during high-speed driving and increases the quietness. Linear and powerful acceleration feel with no turbo lag feeling was realized through the combination of a 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine, which is tuned exclusively for the Civic and realizes linear acceleration from low to high engine speed, and the CVT which improves overall acceleration.
As for the chassis, both agile handling and stability during high-speed driving were made possible at a high level through the adoption of a Macpherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, dual-pinion variable-ratio electric power steering (EPS) and others.
In addition to the adoption of the center-mounted exhaust outlet which increases the exhaust flow, based on the recommended use of premium gasoline, engine output and torque of the Civic Hatchback are set higher than for the Sedan type. A CVT or 6-speed manual transmission is available for both options.
Interior-wise, the Civic provides a spacious cabin, class-leading cargo capacity and the world’s first side-mounted tonneau cover.
The new Civic series features the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment*5. Honda Sensing combines the use of millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera at the front of the vehicle to help improve the driver’s situational awareness.
Honda Civic Type R
From the beginning of the development, the platform was newly developed while envisioning the Type R. Compared to the previous version of Civic Type R, driving stability was further improved through various measures including the improvement of torsional stiffness (by approximately 38%), reduction of body weight (by approximately 16 kg), lowering of the center of gravity and expansion of wheelbase and track.
As for the chassis, a multi-link rear suspension was newly-adopted to realize overwhelming stability. Moreover, dynamic performance was improved significantly through the advanced control technologies such as a further advanced dual-axis strut front suspension and adaptive damper system.
The Civic Type R is equipped with a dedicated 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine (maximum output of 235kW [320PS] and maximum torque of 400Nm which is further advanced compared to the engine for the previous version of Type R. The advancement of engine control technologies enabled high-torque and highly responsive start-up in low-speed ranges and high-output in full-throttle ranges. Acceleration performance was further improved through lower gear ratios of the 6-speed manual transmission and adoption of a lightweight single mass flywheel.
For the first time for a Honda vehicle, the new Civic Type R adopts a rev-matching system that automatically adjusts engine speed in accordance with downshifts. The rev-matching system can be turned off depending on the preference of the driver. As for driving modes, in addition to “SPORT” mode which achieves the best balance and the “+R” mode which pursues dynamic performance, a “COMFORT” mode which provides comfort in daily use, was added to express a new value of Civic Type R. Based on the driver’s input for each mode, the settings for control devices, such as damper, steering and throttle, change instantaneously and the vehicle demonstrates high performance suitable for each respective driving situation ranging from a racing circuit to city driving.