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.
Honda revealed that the Civic Type R will start production later this summer. While the fuel economy may indeed be a concern, this is balanced by the turbo and lateral acceleration.
Going back to its Nurburgring record, the Type R initially set new benchmarks for production models having a front-wheel-drive with a 7:50.63 lap time. This was done in May 2015, with the GTI Clubsport S beating that same record one year later with 7:49.21. Some months back, the Golf GTI Clubsport S showed a shorter time at 7:47.19. By April, Honda had the Civic Type R undergo a “time-attack” challenge and achieved 7:43.8. While this time is three seconds better than the previous attempt, it is seven seconds faster than the previous generation of the Type R. Those familiar may be wondering why Honda said that it used a development car, the reason is that the lap was done on the last phase of the development of the new Type R.
Powering the new Civic Type R is the turbocharged 2.0-liter gas-powered engine capable of 306 hp with peak torque of 295 lb.-ft. All of the power is transmitted to the wheels in the front through the revised manual six-speed transmission. This same transmission offers lower gear ratios and thus helps enhance acceleration.
Honda revealed that production of the new Civic Type R will begin this summer at the facility located in Swindon, U.K. After that it will be sold in markets around the world and will include, for the first time, North America.