The Civic Type R has earned Honda fame in motorsports. However, the North American market has been missing on this impressive model for a number of years. This is set to change starting this year as finally, Honda has heard the cries of many enthusiasts in the North American market. The automaker is finally set to offer the Type R starting this June as a 2018 model car. The 2018 Honda Civic Type R is the automaker’s highest performance version of the Civic lineup. The Type R will offer the much-needed excitement to a brand that had become rather boring in the recent past.
2018 Honda Civic Type R Exterior
The Type R is based on the 10-th generation Civic hatchback. However, the Type R looks very different from its standard sibling courtesy of its full body kit. At the front, the model features a black grille that is flanked by LED headlights. The front also features a larger bumper that is integrated with a carbon-fiber splitter and wider air vents. The hood features a low-drag air duct.
On the sides, the model features flared fenders that house a wider track. The model also sits much lower than standard versions. The Type R rides on a set of 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 245/30R Continental performance tires.
At the rear, the Type R is hooked up with a big boy racer wing and a custom bumper. The model also features an air diffuser which integrates three round-shaped exhaust tips.
The Type R also features red Honda emblems at both ends to finish off the design. The Type R exterior profile is very different from that of the standard Civic hatchbacks.
Interior of new Honda Civic Type R
The interior styling of the Type R is based on that of the standard Civic models. However, the interior is hooked up with a red interior to set it apart. In addition, aluminum and carbon-fiber inserts are used unsparingly. The steering wheel and shifter are wrapped in leather. The Type R also features sporty bucket seats that ensure the driver and front passenger are comfortable and well secured as they try out the car on the tracks or when they decide to see how fast the Type R can go on the expressway.
The model is equipped like the top Touring trim. As such, it features an array of standard features including the automaker’s infotainment system that features a 7.0-inch touch-screen. Other features will include a navigation system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 540-watt outlet. For audiophiles, the Type R will have a 12-speaker premium sound system.
Engine and performance
The U.S.-bound Civic Type R will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L, i-VTEC 4-cylinder gasoline mill that is good for 306 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The maximum torque is available from only 2500 rpm. Power is channeled to front wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox that has a rev-matching capability.
Performance figures are yet to be released but I expect the new model to improve on the outgoing model’s 5.7 seconds dash to 60 mph from a standstill position. However, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R has recorded the fastest time for an FWD production car having completed the Nurburgring lap in 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.
The engine is EPA rated at 22 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg on combined drives which is impressive for a performance-oriented model.
Price and release date
Honda has not announced what enthusiasts will pay to get their hands on a Civic Type R. However, rumor has it that the model will have a starting price of around $34,000. The model will hit U.S. dealerships this June.
When it arrives in the states, the Civic Type R will have to do battle with other impressive hot hatches including the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX STI.