front air intake, 17 inch alloy wheels
with a wider rear track.
6 October 2006.
It is the closer sister to the top
performance Type R,
with the same dynamic silhouette and overall
dimensions as the 5-door model.
In fact, the new 3-door Honda Civic
Type S will even form the basis of the coming Civic
Type R, which goes on sale in Europe and the UK -
where it is made too (Swindon) - in March 2007.
tuned for sharper dynamics, with a
20mm wider rear track.
Designed to appeal to a younger
audience, the new Honda Civic Type S continues to move
the C-segment (compact category, C segment) Japanese
model into the premium sector, in a sportier, more
fun-to-drive direction, more assertive styling and a
suspension tuned for sharper chassis dynamics, with
revised spring and damper settings and a 20mm wider
The new Civic Type S is powered by
either a 1.8 litre petrol engine, or a 2.2 litre
diesel engine, both of which produce 140 PS (103 kW).
Both are combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox with
the petrol engine also having the possibility of being
mated to a 6-speed i-SHIFT (Automated Manual
Civic Type S: 140 PS with a 1.8 litre
petrol or 2.2 litre diesel.
The standard Civic Type S version
includes 17 inch alloys, Vehicle Stability Assist
(VSA), air conditioning, cool box, remote audio
controls and curtain airbags, while the higher
equipped Type S adds dual zone air conditioning,
cruise control, front foglights, retractable mirrors,
and automatic wipers and headlamps. Certain markets
also gain HID headlamps, heated front seats and a
panorama glass roof.
Sculpted and fully integrated side
skirts flare outwards towards front and rear wheels,
blending into the wheel arch surrounds familiar from
the 5-door model. These in turn flow into the front
and rear spoilers to complete the lower body
structure, all of which is finished in a gun metallic
colour for added visual appeal. The deep front air
intake, together with the 17 inch alloy wheels and
wider rear track provide the Type S with a
particularly muscular look.
Alcantara seats, leather steering
wheel rim and aluminium pedals.
Black Alcantara seating and a
leather trimmed steering wheel, both with silver
stitching, plus aluminium pedals, set the sporty
interior tone, with large seat bolsters. Mirroring
other Civic models, the cabin is focused around the
Dual Link concept fascia introduced on the 5-door
model, in which key driving information, including
vehicle speed is displayed in the upper part of the
instrument panel, while other information is provided
in the lower section.
The interior provides good
flexibility and passenger accommodation. The distance
between the hip point of front and rear passengers at
803 mm, for example equates to that in higher segment
cars. The rear seats incorporate Honda’s familiar
one-motion, dive-down feature that instantaneously
creates a flat loading space, mirroring that of the
Civic. The cargo floor can also be dropped down to
reveal an under-floor compartment. A centrally
positioned fuel tank located beneath the front seats,
rather than impinging on the luggage area, contribute
to this packaging efficiency.
All Civic Type S models are
equipped (European specifications) with ABS,
Electronic Brake force Distribution and VSA. In
addition, the passive safety features include double
seatbelt pre-tensioners on both front seats as well as
active headrests for protection against dangerous
Front and side SRS airbags for
front seat passengers and full length curtain airbags
are standard on all models. The instrument display
also features a seatbelt reminder for both front and
rear seat passengers.