Sunday 22 October 2017

Honda unveil Type-R details and new 1.6 diesel for CR-V

Honda Civic Type-R
Honda Civic Type-R
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Honda are lining up a lot of action over the next while - from details of their new Civic Type R to major changes in their CR-V and Civic ranges.

Here is an outline:

 They have revealed details of their super-powered Civic Type R which is due here in the summer after its Geneva debut next month.

It will have a 2.0 litre direct injection VTEC TURBO engine, a top speed of 270kmh and an estimated 300bhp.

They are placing a lot of emphasis on its aerodynamics and say the near-flat underside helps airflow under the vehicle and, along with a rear diffuser, optimises downforce.

It is, they say, a bit like 'sucking' the car onto the road. A rear wing also adds downforce.

To cope with the power it is fitted with high-performance Brembo brakes for the front wheels. The car will have special 19ins alloys.

* They are replacing the 2.2 i-DTEC engine in their CR-V with a new 1.6 i-DTEC 160bhp and all-wheel-drive.

They say the smaller engine has increased power and claim up to 20pc lower fuel consumption and emissions.

There will be a 6spd manual version mid-March and a 9spd auto late June.

The lower emissions and fuel consumption mean a reduction in VRT and prices for ES trim will now start from €37,495 (manual) and €39,995 (automatic).

That's €2,500 to €4,500 lower respectively than the 2.2 i-DTEC.

The car also gets a facelift, a new internet-ready infotainment system (standard from ES), a City-Brake Active System (standard across the range) tweaked suspension/handling etc and new active safety systems.

* Meanwhile, Honda are also putting their new Agile Handling Assist system into all Civic hatches.

They claim a substantial overhaul of the drive in-line with improved steering, handling, suspension and ride.

The car itself gets a facelift and they are bringing in a new Si model.

The infotainment system is standard from Sport grade while the City-Brake Active System goes into all models.

Irish Independent

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