The much anticipated Civic Type R is coming to North American shores! Finally we get to engage ourselves with Honda’s revered Type R badge (R stands for racing). Honda’s first Type R model was based on the much praised NSX supercar. This special model from the early nineties was a very track focused machine intended to give it owners a finely sharpened tool for the race track with a lightened body (even a radio and air conditioning was optional) a hand built engine, adjustable racing suspension and special wheels and tires. The 2018 Civic Type R carries the torch of the Type R brand but with a different philosophy of purpose. This time it comes one way, loaded with the nicest interior in the Civic line. The last time Honda offered a Type R vehicle here was the 1998-2001 Acura Integra Type R in coupe form only
The power plant for the Civic R is a 2.0 liter, turbocharged 4 cylinder. A carry over engine from the last generation european Civic R. In european form it made 306 horsepower (official 2018 horsepower numbers haven’t been released). Power is sent to the front wheels only with a excellent limited slip differential. The only transmission available is a 6 speed manual. The 2018 adds a wide body, hood scoop, and a huge fast and furious style rear wing. If you’re in your 30’s you might find the styling a bit over the top but that’s subjective. Also if you’re in your 30’s you might notice how big the civic has become, definitely the size that Accords used to be. This newest Type R is broadening it’s appeal with a creature friendly interior, looking to compete with the all wheel drive Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru Impreza STI and Ford Focus RS. Unlike those cars the Civic Type R is front wheel drive only. Current projections are a mid 30k price with 0-60 in the mid to low 5 second range. How will it perform in the marketplace? We will have to wait and see but Honda has a loyal following of passionate devotees so I doubt they’ll have trouble selling it.