2018 Civic Type-R Touring comes to dealers first week in November
Introduced to North America back in June of 2017, Honda Civic Type-R remains a hot topic. In-fact, for Honda - Torque News, Civic Type-R was the most read topic in 2016 and 2017 for good reason; Civic Type-R is the most affordable street legal, track-ready, sport hatch available to hot-hatch enthusiasts in Canada and the U.S..
There’s a bit more to Civic Type-R then first greets the eye or translates off of a specification sheet. Civic Type-R just happens to be exceptionally comfortable to drive on the street, while affording the utility of a 4-door near midsize hatchback. Civic Type-R is designated as a touring car by Honda, and that it does very well. Nonetheless, we head to the track with Civic Type-R.
In the case of Civic Type-R, as is, is more than good enough
2018 Civic Type-R comes to Honda dealers this week effectively unchanged from its 2017 specification. Honda calls Civic Type-R “ radical and rapid,” it can be. Powered by Honda’s made in America 2.0 liter DOHC, direct injected, turbocharged VTEC 4 cylinder Earth Dreams gasoline engine, 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft torque work in tandem with a short-throw 6 speed manual transmission and limited slip differential, to present an unprecedented street or race track driving experience. Civic Type-R comes to 2017 SEMA Show Las Vegas.
Thanks to an exceedingly comfortable high bolstered ballistic fabric, memory-foam-like driver and front passenger bucket seat, track-tested advanced rigid frame construction, and on-the-fly 3 drive mode selection and automated-adaptive dampening, 2018 Civic Type-R presents a very refined drive and ride experience, it is in essence, a grand touring hatchback. I spend a week in the seat of Civic Type-R on the road to the Redwoods.
2018 Civic Type-R: What you see is what you get
Frankly, on first drive, we were a bit blown away by how civilized Civic type-R is when driven on a long road trip. 2018 Civic Type-R comes to market this month with a beginning MSRP of $34,100 (excluding $890 transfer fee, + applicable taxes and fees.) There is one all-inclusive trim level,Touring, with the only P.O.S. option being summer tires -- that’s it.
Over the past few months, Torque News received news of dealership price gouging, could be! With the new model year comes a reported 5,000 unit production run. This should reduce if not eliminate Civic Type-R price speculation, we’ll see. As priced I find 2018 Civic Type-R to be a measurable long term sport-hatch purchase and ownership value. I recommend Civic type-R to the driving enthusiast that prefers the look and utility of a 4-door hatchback.