The all-new Civic Type R will finally make its U.S. debut for the first time ever. The highest-performance version of the 10th-generation Civic is expected to hit the dealerships by mid-2017. It is following the arrival of the 2018 Civic Si that is due to go on sale a few months earlier. The model was first revealed at the 2016 Paris motor show as a thinly-veiled prototype. Interestingly, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R will look almost exactly like the aforementioned prototype once it goes on sale. So, the American buyers will finally be able to enjoy this monster-hatch that has become synonymous with ultimate performance on the Japanese and European markets.
2018 Type R Design and Features
Unlike the Civic Si that will be offered in both sedan and hatchback variants, the Type R will be available exclusively as a hatchback. When it comes to the exterior styling, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R will be a head-turning vehicle by all means. It will sport an exceptionally aggressive sheet metal. It also has a sharp front fascia and bloated front fenders as well as a prominent intake hood scoop. A lot of styling cues give it a super sporty appearance. We can expect to see air intakes on the front bumper, a big rear wing, and diffuser . There is an unconventional exhaust system with three pipes in the center. The prototype comes also with 19-inch wheels and Brembo brake calipers. We expect the production model to get four-piston calipers and 13.7-inch discs at the front.
It was previewed by the prototype displayed at the very recent LA motor show. The upcoming Civic Type R’s interior will get aggressively bolstered front seats, carbon fiber pieces and red accents throughout the cabin. It will also feature a number of stylish hints such as polished silver gear shifter knob.
2018 Honda Civic Type R Specs
The 2018 Honda Civic Type R will be motivated by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection, turbocharging and VTEC variable valve timing. The powertrain’s net output is expected to peak at 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox will be transmitting the power to the front wheels as the only transmission choice. Also, the Type R will benefit greatly from Honda’s Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension system that reduces torque steer by as much as 50 percent.
The mighty 2018 Honda Civic Type R will certainly set a difficult task for its competitors. Some of its key rivals include the likes of the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R and Subaru WRX STI.