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Why U.S. buyers will pay $40,000 for 2018 Civic Type R

Sure enough, when we look to the numbers, by the time the British built 10th generation Civic based Type R comes to the states late next year, look for the MSRP to approach the $40,000 barrier.


With so much banter and unsubstantiated speculation circulating the Web about Honda’s next generation, British built Civic world-compact architecture 2018 Type R, a question of price and availability comes up on a weekly bases from Torque News readers. The new Type R we see on the roads in Europe will not be imported to North America.

It’s been a decade since a new generation Civic Type-R hatch graced our shores.

This thing's arrival has been hype-driven for well over a year as the 9th generation platformed Civic Type R continues to grab press and accolades from Asia and European Honda race enthusiasts. Why not? Civic Type R is edgy and cool in a Darth Vader's WRX killer sort of way.


Back in October 2015, we converted the British Pound MSRP into U.S. dollars, and came up with a median sales price of $35,481 -- that was of course if you could import one to the states at that time, you couldn’t.

Type R is so popular in Japan that the allocated 750 units sold out on its initial offering

But the U.S. is not Japan, and here there are several viable alternatives to the Type R, a couple of them approaching 400 horsepower and all-wheel-drive -- the near future North American specific Civic Type R will reportedly do neither.

In a recent article penned by British magazine Auto Express and shadowed by our friends over at Digital Trends in Portland, Oregon, all is touched on as to Civic Type-R’s engine, power output and European market availability.

That’s cool! But truly guys, Honda has informed us on several occasions that the 10th generation Civic Type R will be powered by American Honda’s 2.0L turbocharged 4, shifted by a 6 speed close throw manual transmission, and transfer torque to the road via a limited slip, front mounted differential -- that’s a given.

From where I sit, and through personal conversations with Honda engineering, there’s been no talk to date as to a possible torque-vectoring AWD setup for Civic Type R. It would be cool, but that’s simply not Honda Civic.

A more refined, broad appeal Civic Type R

Hey, do Honda diehards yearn for a 350 horsepower factory Civic? Perhaps, but for 2016 Civic Type R to catch the attention of Honda aficionados outside of race programs, Type R must retain an edgy look, while filling a unique market niche above the first to arrive Honda Civic turbocharged Si, and the over the top Acura NSX hybrid supercar. Granted, there’s a lot of room there.

9th _Gen_Civic_Si

Yet, at the end of the day, for any sports car enthusiasts, other than the Honda loyal, Civic Type R must present equal to or greater performance value than comparable sport offerings from Ford, V.W and Subaru, to name a few.

No doubt about it, Civic Type R will be exhilarating

And as rare as hens teeth. I Honda follows historic manufacturing and sales practice, 2018 Civic Type R will be limited production and pricey! I don’t anticipate the North American production run to exceed 2500 units in the first year, pending consumer demand. With that said, I fully anticipate the rev limited, high output Type R in near race ready trim to approach $40,000 in the U.S..

Not much of a stretch when we look to the price spread of the well accepted 2016 10th generation Honda Civic Touring. Cheers!


Frank (not verified)    August 8, 2016 - 11:59AM

In the UK the 9th gen Civic Type-R costs about the same as a VW GTI (4-door, DSG transmission -- or roughly $30K in the US). I suspect the 10th gen CTR will be slightly more expensive than the 9th and will probably maintain the price parity with a similarly-equipped GTI.

Taylor (not verified)    August 30, 2016 - 10:18PM

There is far better options to spend $40k on new upcoming new cars such as Alfa Romeo Giulia, tesla model 3, bmw 235i, Mercedes cla 45 Amg. Or hell even a used 911 turbo can be had at 45k, of corse it's the 996 but still brutally fast.

CaroFDoom (not verified)    January 15, 2017 - 6:49PM

In reply to by lol (not verified)

Fun fact, the Civic Type R is faster than the Focus RS around The Grand Tour's eboladrome. Those times are from a standing start too, which gives the Civic at a significant disadvantage, yet the Civic is still faster.

Parks McCants    April 26, 2017 - 12:53PM

In reply to by Morgan (not verified)

Welcome Morgan. "Fast" is but one facet of Civic Type-R. Me, I'm looking for ride refinement, seating comfort, and exceptional FWD road handling characteristics. All previews indicate that my expectations will be exceeded by the 10th generation Civic Type-R. Stay posted, we'll be driving one very soon. P.

Parks McCants    January 17, 2017 - 1:28AM

In reply to by Jason (not verified)

Type-R is unique, and very cool in person. That's all it has to be to sell out the very limited production to be allocated to U.S. buyers. I've been reporting on Type-R development for years. Let's drive it. Thanks Jason for dropping in.

Jonas Bone (not verified)    February 19, 2017 - 10:51AM

You must be out of your mind to pay $40K for a Civic. it is getting into BMW and C300 territory. I admit the Civic hatch in manual for $21K offers a good value. If the Model 3 is delivered under $40K you would have lower operational cost than a Civic and a superior car at every level.

Brandon Newell (not verified)    February 20, 2017 - 1:53PM

Still can't outrun American muscle v8 mustang so keep your type r rice burner lol sad excuse for a car

Bryan Ramey (not verified)    March 1, 2017 - 7:52AM

The problem is that when this thing finally comes out, the Tesla Model 3 will be available. Tesla Model 3 will be around the same price range and if I were in the market to buy a new car thats around $35 to $40k, I would hands down buy the Tesla instead. Tesla not only will be faster but I will save $10k on gas during the 5 years of owning the Tesla. Type R price is way to high y'all need to cutty!

James Breslin (not verified)    March 26, 2017 - 2:56PM

The Honda Civic si is already so over priced and under powered as to be laughable! (dealers typically add $3,500+ to the MSRP because they're "in demand".) $40,000 for a Civic? No way in hell! I don't care what you call it...and this is from a avid Honda owner and fan. I'm a rabid Honda Civic fan and previous si owner and fan, but I (frankly anyone in my opinion) would have to be insane to pay $40,000 for a Civic Type R! Very low 30's out the door...maybe. I'll guarantee Honda, who died a number of years back, is rolling over in his grave! IT'S A HONDA CIVIC PEOPLE!

Framk (not verified)    April 9, 2017 - 9:20PM

In reply to by James Breslin (not verified)

James, the price I might agree with you, I have a 2015 SI, you know the 9th generation. I love the hell out of it. You say it's just a Civic....... So, if it's just a Civic, why in the heck does everyone that see's my red badges want to see what is under the hood? All I need to do is sit at a stop light and low and be hold a challenger is sitting on either side. He beats me on the bottom end, but guess what....I think you know the story. The saddest thing, is that Honda offered the SI in a four door. They don't even look cool, so you have a car that is longer and heavier, that makes since. The only reason the Type R will cost that much is because Honda is appealing to collectors. Some will ask why? An intelligent person will say unless you pay this price, your not a Honda person. Also, this will be the first in America, Honda and England know this. The demand will be high. I've tried to preorder one, not happening.

frank (not verified)    June 14, 2017 - 5:38AM

In reply to by Framk (not verified)

Artificially limiting a popular model based on the run of the mill Civic does not make it a true collectible! I wouldn't pay more than 35 grand no matter what. I am sure any manufacturer can limit a production of a certain cheap model but it won't be long before people get tired of this practice.