2018 Honda Civic Type R presented by Honda at Paris Motor Show!
The Type R badge has been missing from the US market for quite some time now, even though the previous generation of the Civic did have a Type R version in Europe. This time around things is going to change because the 2018 Honda Civic Type R is also going to be released in the US as well. Despite that many have said, though, it seems that the new Type R is not going to be the top end version of the Civic line. Instead, the future CR-Z is going to take that role but until that car will be launched, the Type R will have to do it.
2018 Honda Civic Type R Price
So far Honda hasn’t said all that much about the upcoming model. However, not that long ago test mules and even camouflaged prototypes have been spied testing and it seems that the rumors are true. The Type R is expected to be launched in hatchback and coupe forms and it should be priced around $30,000. Here it would be up to $10,000 cheaper than many of its direct rivals but it would still be a lot more expensive than the Focus ST for example. This would mean that the Type R will represent the middle ground between the top end and a sporty version.
Unlike what many people said, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R is, in fact, going to be quite close to the current generation of the model. The two are going to share a similar engine, running gear and mostly the same powertrain components. This time, around though the engine is going to be made in the US at Honda’s brand new plant. On top of that, some even said that the car may receive a new all-wheel drive system. This would be possible thanks to Honda’s new modular platform which debuted for this generation of the car.
Thanks to the fact the Type R is no longer going to be the top-end Civic, it means that Honda has a lot more wiggle room than before. For starters, the new 2 liters turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine is going to make 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. This would be more than enough to outrun its competitors and it would be quite close to cars like the Focus RS. On top of that, besides the regular 6-speed manual which is already a given in its class, an automatic might be installed. A dual-clutch unit would not only bring them more sales but it would allow Honda to compete with cars like the Golf or the Focus ST with more ease. Also, as we said above, an all wheel drive system would benefit a road car greatly and especially so a hot hatchback.
2018 Honda Civic Type R Exterior and Interior Design
From the camouflaged test mules we have seen a while ago it is quite clear that the 2018 Honda Civic Type R is going to be quite close in terms of design with the older model. It seems that the hatchback will feature a large rear wing, a more aggressive body kit, larger 19-inch rims and even a quad-exhaust. The coupe is still missing from the action but if we take a look at the first concept then it becomes clear that Honda does want something a bit more special. This would fall in its own category and it would give Honda a massive lead on the market. One of the less interesting aspects of the Type R is the interior. Here we don’t expect any real changes over the base model with a few minor exceptions. The seats are very likely going to offer much larger side bolsters while the upholstery is likely going to be made out of Alcantara.