The rumour first came from Truth About Cars, which was then leaked by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to them, there might soon be an entry-level Civic Type R in the market. What else is in the document? Well, it also shows a new top-end touring model, given the model code FK8G. Meanwhile, there’s another one with the same 306 horsepower (228 kilowatt) engine as the Civic Type R. This was given the code K20C1.
If we are correct, there will be two variants of the Civic Type R available in 2018 - a base Type R and a more equipped Type R Touring. Furthermore, if you could remember, there were reports earlier in April which said that a second, more well-equipped variant of the Type R would be offered.
This is also because today, customers are only limited to one kind of Type R. This model features a seven-inch touchscreen, a seven-inch driver information interface, and is compatible with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 540-watt 12 speaker stereo. To make consumers happier and be more willing to get the Civic, the base Type R might start as low as $30,900 or $31,775 after tax and destination. $3,000 is quite a big discount from the current model.
Right now, buyers will have to deal with the standard Type R. We are not saying that it is not a good car, it’s just that they have to be willing to spend on one. Again, the new Civic hatch has a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts), paired to a six-speed manual gearbox where power is sent to the front wheels. It has a dual-axis that eliminates the torque steer that is associated with high powered front-drive vehicles.
This year marks the first time that Honda brought the Civic Type R to the United States, and that pleased plenty of Civic fans. Who knows, the Japanese automaker may decide to offer a rear wheel drive version in the near future.