At the LA Auto Show, the interior of the new Honda Civic Type R prototype has been revealed for the first time.
We were allowed a brief poke around, and one thing stuck out: the drive selector. It gives three modes - ‘comfort’, an unnamed mode in the middle and ‘+R’. It’s a part not seen on the current car which merely has a switchable ‘+R’ mode which changes the throttle map and firms up the suspension.
While this is a prototype, we’re not expecting much to change when the production version arrives, which means the drive select button is likely to be carried over. It’s a feature worth pointing out since the current Type R has come under criticism for being too harsh riding even with +R turned off, so the new comfort mode could be something that’s been added in response.
Meanwhile, the car has received a set of seats that look remarkably similar to those on the current car (no bad thing, since they’re ridiculously comfortable), and is sporting a similar brushed aluminium gear knob.
There is an electronic handbrake, but the word is the eventual UK production car will get a manual one. Good.