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Honda slaps a turbo on the Civic Type R

To keep up with other high-performance sport compacts on the markets, Honda decided to turbocharged the Civic Type R. However, unlike rivals such as the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX STI, Honda continued to stick with front-wheel-drive for the fourth-gen Civic Type R.

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In place of the a high-revving, naturally aspirated engine, the fourth-gen receives a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 306 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.

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The only transmission available on the Civic Type R is a six-speed manual.


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To improve handling, a mechanical limited-slip differential is standard on the Civic Type R.

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Adjustable two-stage dampers are installed on the Civic Type R.

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To cope with torque steer, the front struts get separate steering knuckle, and Agile Handling Assist torque-vectoring applies light braking to the inner wheel for quicker cornering.

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Like all Type R models, a big rear wing is featured on the back of the Civic.

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The turbocharged Civic Type R has a top speed of 167 mph.

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An R+ button stiffens the suspension dampers, sharpens throttle response and unlocks the turbo engine's full fury.

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The turbo engine allows the Civic Type R to keep up with the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX STI.

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In place of the a high-revving, naturally aspirated engine, the fourth-gen receives a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

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The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 306 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque.

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The only transmission available on the Civic Type R is a six-speed manual.

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To improve handling, a mechanical limited-slip differential is standard on the Civic Type R.

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Adjustable two-stage dampers are installed on the Civic Type R.

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To cope with torque steer, the front struts get separate steering knuckle, and Agile Handling Assist torque-vectoring applies light braking to the inner wheel for quicker cornering.

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Like all Type R models, a big rear wing is featured on the back of the Civic.

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The turbocharged Civic Type R has a top speed of 167 mph.

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A R+ button stiffens the suspension dampers, sharpens throttle response and unlocks the turbo engine's full fury.

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The turbo engine allows the Civic Type R to keep up with the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX STI.

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