2007 Honda Civic Type R review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 9 November 2006 , 07:11:43 byEmil

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Honda Civic Type R

The 2007 Honda Civic Type R appears to its enthusiasts as a successor to the model which ensured a unique combination of everyday usability, exhilarating driving and affordability, which led to impressive sales figures that exceeded all possible expectations. Different levels of equipment will be available, ranging from a very equipped car to one that does not even have a rear parcel shelf. The new Honda Civic Type R is going to make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show with sales scheduled to begin in 2007. The increase of the engine output received little importance as its predecessor featured great performance credentials, and thus, the naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine will continue to power the new model, delivering a similar output, ensuring greater responsiveness and refinement due to a new balancer shaft and a drive-by-wire throttle. Its 201 PS maximum power is reached at 8,000 rpm, its maximum speed is governed at 235 km/h and the 0-100 km/h sprint is covered in only 6.6 seconds. The engine architecture is underpinned by VTEC variable valve timing and VTC variable inlet camshaft technology, but the switch to high lift now takes place at a lower 2,500 rpm, continuing all the way to the 8,000 rpm red line. The sharper chassis dynamics matches the sportier profile of the car, thanks to the fine-tuned suspension, while the body roll was reduced by the 15mm reduction in ride height. The Type R's body has an important role as related to responsive chassis dynamics as the lower cross member ahead of engine bay offers an improved rigidity, thus resulting in a chassis that provides more predictable characteristics as compared to the old model. The exterior design integrates aerodynamic parts that combine with the standard seven-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels to obtain an undoubtedly assertive appearance. Its other identifying features are discrete, showing a honycomb mesh as a replacement of the glass panel grille, a central red ,,H,, logo, as well as Type R logos on the front brake callipers. The interior is stylish, ensuring high levels of comfort and driving pleasure, as it provides bucket seats featuring large black Alcantara bolsters with red stitching and red fabric seat cushions and backs. A perforated leather covered steering wheel welcomes the driver and there is also a matching gear shift knob which incorporates aluminum-finish with a black boot and red stitching. The plaque engraved with the car's unique serial number placed just ahead of the gear lever, represents the final element of the exclusivity of the eye-catching car model. The weight can be brought down by 40 kg by deleting some items, such as the audio system and rear load cover, thus resulting in a lighter Civic Type R.