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Honda Project P is a one-off Civic Type R pickup

The Honda Civic Type R is the fastest front wheel drive model at the Magny Cours track, while also being one of the fastest pickup trucks in the world. Yes, you read that right. The specialist from the Product Engineering department at the automaker’s UK factory in Swindon has built a one-off Civic Type R pickup truck, and it just made its debut at the SMMT Test Day in Great Britain.

To create the unique Project P Concept, the engineers had to get a pre-production prototype of the hot hatch, which was unveiled a year ago. It has two doors and two seats, as well as a flatbed at the back of the rear seats, replacing the rear bench and boot space.

The transformation made sure that it still retains the rear fixed wing. But the wings here really aren’t fixed, as it has a movable design, allowing access to the load bed of the small pickup. One of our favourite design details of the new Type R, a set of triple exhaust pipes at the back, is here as well. The exterior body is finished in a Rallye Red, one of the signature colours of the Civic Type R hatch.

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Newly picked-up Honda Civic Type R is wrecked on the way home from dealership

What could be a new 2017 Honda Civic Type R owner dread the most? Well, such nightmares would be a plenty, but at the top would probably be having your newly picked up Honda Civic Type R getting into a traffic collision and getting damaged.

Such was the case for a certain customer of a new Honda Civic Type R in the United States named Greg Ellingson. Just like any new owner of a new car, Ellingson would have been very happy that he was already taking home his brand new Honda Civic Type R. But his new Civic Type R never made it home, and what would have been a happy day for Ellingson turned into a gloomy event.

According to Ellingson, he encountered stop-and-go traffic on the highway going home. During one of the halts, Ellingson and the vehicle on the front had been stationary and waiting for some time. He was at least a full car length behind the driver in front of him. Then, another vehicle suddenly hit the crashed his Civic Type R, and it was so forceful that it pushed Ellingson’s new ride all the way to the tail of the car on front. The result? There was massive damage on the rear end of Ellingson’s Civic Type R. The front end, including the bonnet, of the performance version of the Civic also received considerable damage.

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2017 Honda Civic Tour to feature OneRepublic and their one-off Type R

Aside from fronting Honda’s annual summer tour, pop rock band OneRepublic was also given an opportunity to customize a 2017 Honda Civic Type R. The car is a one-off and was made for the “Civic Tour City Flavour” event where music fans, foodies, and car enthusiasts will gather for a pop-up food experience with a number of food trucks serving up local dishes.

As mentioned earlier, the event focuses on music, food and cars. OneRepublic was asked to customize and sign not just a Honda Civic Type R, but also a Rebel motorcycle that will be showcased throughout the Honda Civic Tour. Looking at the exterior design, the hatchback got a unique design that is inspired by the band. It indicates some modern elements in terms of the architecture, that is painted in two black finishes - glossy and matte, with bold red accents.

Honda Civic Type R is already sweet as it is, but it catches even more attention with the OneRepublic livery. Though the design may not please everybody’s taste, it is still unique in its own way, most specially because it is a one-off. This event will give people the chance to get to know the Civic Type R up close and personal.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R gets exclusive 6-speed manual transmission, no automatic option

Not only is the 2017 Honda Civic Type R new in the North American market, it recently got labelled the fastest car with a front-wheel drive setup at the Green Hell. Now, the Civic Type R will exclusively be given a six-speed manual transmission, just because an automatic gearbox would make the car weigh too much.

This was explained by the company during an interview between Yuji Matsumochi, Assistant Large Project Leader of the Civic Powertrain, and Australian publication Car Advice. So the Civic will come standard with the manual, with no option to get an automatic variant. This is because the Type R now weighs at 62.5 percent to 37.5 (that's front to rear axle). So a dual-clutch transmission will only make it much heavier, with its 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), which will definitely affect the car's performance.

Matsumochi explained that a front wheel drive will naturally need a lighter powertrain, and since the Type R already has a heavier engine, it will only work with a lightweight transmission. Thus, only the manual will work.

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Honda is currently on fire! After releasing the Civic Type R in the United States last week, the Japanese company is already thinking of ways to keep sales at a high and steady level. And what is the solution to this, you ask?

Well, Hideki Matsumoto, chief engineer of the Civic model range said in an interview with Automotive News that he plans to do more than just one Civic Type R. So we’re assuming that maybe he means that there will be more versions of the front-wheel-drive Nürburgring record holder.

So anyway, what he really meant was that he wants to produce a more potent version of the current Type R that produces 306 horsepower. Of course, more versions mean better options. Apart from that, he also plans to engineer an all-wheel-drive option to go hand in hand with the Ford Focus RS, and the VW Golf R. And that’s not all, Matsumoto added that he would like to develop a Civic Type R that is more “focused on the grand touring aspect”, so that would mean a softer suspension setup, and some more tweaks here and there to make it more comfortable for the driver and its passengers on long journeys.

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How much do you reckon someone would pay to own the first ever 2017 Honda Civic Type R? Last week, Honda collaborated with an online auction site, Bring a Trailer to sell its very first US spec Civic Type R. It came out wearing an Aegean Blue Metallic paint paired with black wheels, and covered in red details, with a VIN number 01. T Eight days later, on 15th of June, the Civic Type R has finally been awarded to someone.

The said model had a going price of $200,000, and by far is the new most expensive Honda Civic ever auctioned. As you know, Honda has been supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation since 1991, and all the proceeds from this particular sale will go to charity.

Senior Vice President of American Honda Motor Co, Jeff Conrad talked about how much fun the company thought it would have to give one very lucky customer the first of its kind vehicle in the U.S. while aiding the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, which was created to find a cure for brain tumors in children.

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The 2017 Honda Civic Type R will be the first ever Civic Type R that will be offered to U.S. consumers. Now it is only fitting that the very first of these Type Rs made as a US-spec model will go under the auction hammer for charity. This auction at the Bring a Trailer website will last for 8 days and will end on June 15. The clock is ticking; so have a go at it, bidders.

Loyal followers of the Honda Civic Type R have been waiting a long time to get their hands on the hot hatch since it was revealed for the United States around 2015. Like any dynamic automobiles that is on high demand, the Japanese automaker channeled their inner benevolence by offering their first Civic Type R at the Bring A Trailer website.

Bearing the VIN number 01, the Civic Type R will be set on a bidding war starting June 07 of this year with all the final proceeds benefiting the organization that the Japanese automaker has been supporting since 1991- the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The said auction will be held for 8 days. Jeff Conrad, Vice President at American Honda Motor Co., said that the Civic Type R has long been seen as the desired object for car enthusiasts in the U.S., and they planned that it would be fun to offer one lucky customer a chance of bringing home the first of its kind Civic R in the US.

Read the entire article First US-bound 2017 Honda Civic Type R is up for grabs at ‘Bring A Trailer’ auction

2017 Civic Type R is currently Honda’s hottest and most trending model, and fans are eagerly waiting for its arrival. For the past few months, people have been waiting patiently for information regarding the price of this Japanese rocket. And recently, folks from CivicX.com have released a photo of what seems to be a legitimate window sticker showing the Type R’s base price – a whopping $33,900.

The photo sure looks like the real deal and it shows that there are no optional items (just like the previous Honda Civic Type R models) for the Type R but specifies a $875 “destination and handling” charge as the only additional fee. Buyers will have to pay a total of $34,775 to get a hold of this Japanese rocket. It’s like paying an additional $10,000 premium over the Honda Civic Si.

While the amount falls on the estimated mid-$30,000 range, there are still some who find that this amount is too much for a Honda Civic, regardless of it being a powerful Type R. For the said amount, you can actually get a two-year old BMW M235 coupe complete with its factory warranty except that it can’t get you your dose of adrenaline rush at the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 43 seconds – the current track record of Type R front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Read the entire article Leaked: 2017 Honda Civic Type R starting price is set at $33,900

The Environmental Protection Agency has released its ratings for Honda’s Civic Type R. City mileage rating has been estimated at 22 mpg with highway rated at 28 mpg. Combined fuel efficiency rating meanwhile is pegged at 25 mpg. It’s not that surprising for many people though considering that the turbocharged engine inside can offer 306 hp.

But when compared to the usual Civic sedan, the fuel economy figures on the Civic Type R are still better. The sedan version for example has a city rating of 31 mpg with a highway rating of 40 mpg. Compared to other models, the values of the Civic Type R are similar to the Volkswagen Golf R though the latter is better when it comes to highway rating. One model that is better than the Type R though is the Ford Focus RS with city rating of 19 mpg, highway at 25 mpg, and combined rating of 22 mpg.

Even with these fuel efficiency ratings, customers will not likely be deterred. One reason is that even if the Type R does have a front-wheel drive, the performance remains to be excellent whether it’s running in a straight line or going on corners. This is remarkable, considering that in running the Nurburgring lap, it only took the Type R a total of 7 minutes and 43 seconds. This meant that this model is able to beat other notable vehicles like the M2 from BMW or the C5 version of the 2004 Corvette Z06 from Chevrolet. It is even better than the Ford Focus RS and the Porsche Cayenne S with its 507 hp.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Type R receives its EPA rating

When the Japanese automaker Honda debuted the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, global consumers then asked a very important question – how much will this majestic Civic cost? Honda has revealed the price tag of this recent release, but so far, only the official UK pricing info is available.

Honda Civic Type R recently set a new record for the fastest front wheel drive production car on the Nurbugring, clocking in a record setting lap time of 7:50.63. This swanky hatchback is scheduled to be rolled out to U.K dealers possibly in July. Produced in Britain specifically at the Swindon factory, the 2017 Civic Type R was displayed in March this year in production disguise at the Geneva Motor Show. It is targeted at providing the most rewarding cruise in its tier, regardless if you are driving on a public road or on a track.

The standard Civic Type R bears a price tag of £30,995, and its higher tier GT will require an additional £2,000 premium. You might be asking what would be the novelties that come with the additional cost. The Japanese automaker revealed that it will come with added standard goodies such as dual zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, improved sound system and LED front fog lights. However, the goodies don't end there, as the more expensive Civic GT variant also boasts of Honda Connect with Garmin Navigation and an auto dimming rear view mirror and cross traffic monitor.

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It seems like a never-ending battle between the 2017 Honda Civic Type R and the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S when it comes to owning the Nürburging record.

This story began all the way back in May 2015, when the Honda Civic Type R took the crown for the fastest four-wheel-drive production car around Nurburging, finishing at 7:50.63. Later on, Volkswagen took their GTI Clubsport S to the same course and it crossed the finish line, just by a little more than a one second difference, at exactly 7:49.21. Since then, VW has held the crown for that record. In fact, VW recently went back to beat its own record by a few milliseconds, that is now at 7:49.19.

But the story does not end there, on April 3, 2017, the newest Civic Type R went back and did a “time-attack attempt” at the Green Hell, and crossed the finish line with a time of 7:43.8 – beating the record of the GTI Clubsport S. That was over three seconds faster than VW’s record, and almost seven seconds faster than the older Type R model. This event took place during the last stage of development, which explains why they mentioned that it was a development car they used.

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Just a few days after Toyota announced their limited edition GT86 Tiger that’s going to be released soon, it is Honda’s time to shine. After its global debut at the recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Honda confirmed that the first ever Civic Type R will go on sale in late spring in the United States. This was dubbed as “one of the most anticipated models” for good reason.

This model is the first ever Type R-badge Honda to be sold in the US, with a manual transmission, 2.0 liter turbocharged unit. The car is rated at 206 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton meters) of torque. Foreign specifications, however, will have a bit more power with 315 horsepower (235kW).

What we love about this model is the fact that it did not veer away from its prototype. It still looks pretty cool and has astounding visuals. To start with, it has a huge rear wing, and three exhaust pipes sticking out of the middle part of its rear end, LED lights at all four corners, and the 20-inch lightweight wheels in 245/30 series ContiSport Contact tires. It is the perfect cross between a sporty and a masculine car. And its interior is simply dreamy, with a matte black finish with red accents all over the dashboard and around the steering wheel, complemented with two-tone seats.

Read the entire article 2017 Honda Civic Type R will debut in the United States this spring

Folks, we bet this is one car you’ve been waiting to get your hands on. Earlier this week, Honda unveiled the 2017 Civic Type R at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, before it becomes available at the US dealerships this spring. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the production-ready Civic Type R packs an impressive 306 hp and 295lb-ft of torque.

Honda made a series of modifications under the body to provide the new Civic with the most fitting performance credentials it is entitled to. The new suspensions will enhance steering feel while keeping the torque steer in moderation.

The powerful engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission with limited-slip differential to keep the Civic’s front wheel drive under control. In addition, the Type-R specific hatchback comes with dual-axis front suspension as well as multi-link rear suspension setup with adaptive dampers.

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The new Honda Civic Type R will be joining the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Honda will officially unveil the new Civic Type R at the BTCC media day at Donington on March 24. It was designed and built in the Team Dynamics workshops in Pershore, Worcestershire – a result of collaboration between Honda UK manufacturing in Swindon and Honda Yuasa Racing.

The designing process started in September 2014 with the build commencing in November. It was derived from the production version of the new Civic Type R that will be rolled out to the public in July 2015.

By deriving the racing version on an existing road car, was able to build a car that boast of increased down force compared to Tourer of 2014, less drag and a more effective air flow management. It will feature 350bhp of output and 400Nm of torque. Barry Plowman, Technical Director at Honda Yuasa Racing, remarked that his team has high hopes for 2015, saying that their new car will “win races.”

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Honda’s brand new Civic Type R has finally arrived at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and just as we expected, the hot hatch is absolutely impressive. The vehicle is powered by a new 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo petrol engine that produces 310 hp at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm.

The engine is able to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds, while top speed is 270 km/h or 167 mph. Engine is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, while power is delivered to the front wheels.

Entry level model starts at £29,995 in the UK, while GT-version costs £32,295. 

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Honda announced that the 2015 Civic Type-R is now available for order and those who are living in the UK can place a 3,000 GBP deposit at their local dealer in order to be sure that they will be among the first people to get behind the steering wheel of the new hot hatch.

According to the Japanese manufacturer, the new Honda Civic Type-R will arrive at dealerships during 2015 and it is facing unprecedented demand.

There are no official details yet, but we do know that the 2015 Civic Type-R will receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Vtec Turbo engine that will deliver at least 280 hp. Also, the 2015 Civic Type-R will debut the new ‘+R’ button, which will be located to the side of the steering wheel and will offer the most exhilarating driving experience.

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The new Honda Civic Type R Concept offers a peek into the exterior styling direction of the production Civic Type R that will be launched in 2015. The concept features a bold and aggressive styling that properly conveys the potential of Type R models.

Honda’s design team chooses to call the Civic Type R Concept -- not as a high performance version of a road car – but as racing car for the road, After all, the production version is set to become the most extreme Civic Type R so far, marking the start of new story for the Japanese brand. Designers gave the Type R Concept a sleek and aerodynamic profile that represents its performance and functionality while retaining its road car appearance and the unique nature of Type R.

Designers made sure that the styling features of the Type R Concept aren’t just for show, but also for performance. In fact, many of these features are functional, as proven by feedback from prototype testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany. The design team placed these factors as the main design considerations: reducing aerodynamic drag, achieving optimal airflow, delivering needed cooling and generating downforce.

Read the entire article 2014 Paris Motor Show: Honda Civic Type R II Concept looks so much better in person [Live Photos]

Honda intended the new Civic Type R Concept to show the styling direction for the exterior of the final production version that will be launched in 2015. It features a bold and aggressive styling that conveys its potent performance as a Type R.

Honda’s design team called the new Civic Type R Concept, not as a performance version of the Civic, but as a “racing car for the road.” It marks the start of a new era for Honda, as the latest model is designed to become the most extreme Civic Type R so far. Featuring a sleek yet aerodynamic profile, the Type R Concept is clearly designed to deliver a marriage between function and performance, exposing the looks of a road car but with the unique character of a Type R.

The exterior styling of the new Honda Civic Type R Concept is heavily influenced by the need to perform; thus several of its styling elements aren’t just decorations or adornment, but they also deliver real functionality. The design team primarily considered the need to: cut aerodynamic drag, generate more downforce, achieve optimum airflow as well as deliver cooling essentials. All of these were confirmed through prototype testing at the world-renowned Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

Read the entire article 2014 Paris Motor Show Preview: Honda debuts 2nd version of 2015 Civic Type R Concept

Honda (UK) has commenced a new teaser campaign introducing the new Civic Type R, which is bound to arrive in Europe in 2015. Dubbed by Honda’s design team as a ‘racing car for the road’, the new Civic Type R is headed to become the most extreme Type R yet, complemented by its bold and aggressive styling as well as strong performance.

The campaign carries the theme ‘R-rated’, which refers to the experience the Civic Type R can offer as well as the strong heritage of the red ‘R’ badge. Honda (UK) has published ‘Honda restricted content’ on YouTube, aimed at providing a glimpse of the soon-to-be-launched Civic Type R.

First of the list is a 60-second film titled ‘Disruption,’ in which a typically family day is turned into a Honda R-rated event. It starts off with a family packing a picnic into their car on a sunny suburban street. Then the R-rated warning appears and then disappears into black.

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Honda will be hosting a special experience for Civic Type R owners at the seventh round of the World Touring Car Championship at Spa Circuit Francorchamps on June 20 to 22, 2014. Two hundred Civic Type R owners would be able to see the WTCC racing, treated as VIPs and take a glimpse of the new Civic Type R Concept.

They would also able to meet Castrol Honda Racing Team drivers: FIA WTCC Champion Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Mehdi Bennani. Not only that, Civic Type R owners will have a chance to drive their own cars on an exclusive parade lap around the Spa Circuit on the Saturday afternoon.

Civic Type R owners could experience avail of the special experience at just £32.51 (€40). While additional adults in the car will be charged £57 (€70) each, children under 12 years of age could join at no costs.

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