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.
The car will only have a fully loaded Touring spec, and there will be no options for different trim levels.
Nonetheless, it does have a lot of extra features like a seven-inch touchscreen display with GPS, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (depending on which device you own), and premium audio.
It arrives alongside two new Japanese cars - the Honda Clarity Electric and Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. It’s set to make its first appearance at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The Civic Type R will also be displayed at the convention.
We’ve heard comments that this model bears a likeness to Toyota’s GT86 Tiger with its bold red paint and black accents and wheels. This observation does have merit, we think.
Honda did announce that the Civic Type R will be priced “in the mid-30k range”. The senior vice president of Honda made an announcement that deliveries in the U.S. will soon begin for the Civic Type R. We think that it offers tremendous value for a reasonable cost. There are now more reasons to put it in your wish list.