New 2018 Honda Civic Type R Production Hatch, This Is It

Just a few days before the Geneva Motor Show opens on March 7, what appear to be images of the final production version of the 2018 Honda Civic Type R made their appearance on the web.

The two photos showing the front and rear ends of the Civic Type R look almost identical to the near-production concept that has been making the auto show rounds for the better half of last year, bar a few minor changes.

These include the oh-so Honda (regular) white paint job instead of the study’s brushed steel color scheme, the stainless center exhaust pipe that was painted red on the concept, and possibly, black plastic instead of carbon fiber spoiler bits, though, we’re not sure about the latter due to the low-resolution nature of these photos.

But otherwise, it looks just as ‘Fast & Furious’ as the concept, from the spoilers and hood scoop right up to the massive rear wing and triple exhaust outlets.

Honda has confirmed that it will feature a newer version of its 2.0-liter VTEC turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 305hp in the current model, but it has kept technical details close to its chest. Carscoops understands that the newer model might get a power bump, while retaining its front-wheel drive setup.

Honda has said that, whereas the outgoing Type R was an afterthought for the Civic series, the new model was designed in from the start of the program, claiming that this will massively benefit its driving dynamics.

Production of the new Civic Type R will start in summer 2017 at Honda’s UK plant in Swindon, with the hot hatch to be exported across Europe and to other markets around the world, including Japan and the US, marking the first time that any Honda-badged Type R has been officially sold in the States.

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  • Matthijs


  • Xandao

    Jesus. Looks like it comes direct from a star wars movie. (And this is not a compliment)

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I didn’t expect anything more or anything less from the styling.

    But if those vents are still fake, we’re gonna have a problem here, Honda.

    • SomeRandomCommenter

      If they’re fake on the concept, I don’t think they’d change it on it production model. Other civic trims also have the fake vents.

      • Tumbi Mtika


    • OdysseyTag

      It’s not some limited-run hypercar so they’re most likely fake but beyond that they’re simply unnecessary in this class of vehicle to be taken seriously.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Yeah. This just ruins the fucking car.

    • Aquaflex

      I don’t think the vents are fake

      • Tumbi Mtika

        They are.

  • cooper

    Honestly, Honda would have to pay me to drive this car. It looks embarrassing.

  • Axiom Ethos

    Way too busy styling and compartmentalized exterior elements. That triple oddball tailpipe looks awkward as well.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Contrary to the comments I’m seeing right now, I like what I’m seeing.

  • Mill0048

    The young j-tin lover in me says, “Yes, yes!”. But the grown ass man that’s in me is like, “Come on man, you can’t drive that!”

  • MonkeyRider

    I don’t mind the crazy Gundam robot styling. At least you can find it easily at the parking lot. 🙂

  • Research Janitor

    15 years late.

    • Yep, you’ve just said exactly what I was thinking. Might appeal to teenage boys I guess.

  • Ben

    Cmon Honda…even HotWheels aren’t even designed this wildly anymore. Sheesh. I’ve never been into the civic, but I do like hot hatches. This might be hot because someone is trying to burn the eye-sore with fire. I like Honda’s because their designs typically hold up well with time, but this…maybe this design works in a galaxy far far away.

    • Eric

      Agreed. This will not age well at all. They completely lose me with those clumsy black “grilles” in the corners of the rear bumpers. And, if these pics are legit, the hood scoop seems too far back to me to be of any use. Any fakery on this thing will not be tolerated. However, this is all playing second fiddle to the REAL issue at hand: if this car is priced at STi level, it will crash and burn because AWD.

  • Doesn’t matter

    Why have a “I’d rather post as a guest” when nothing shows up?

  • Kevin Tay

    Honda has officially hired an anime artist. This looks too fictional.

  • GreenApple18r

    Large fake air vents trend needs to die now. I blame Mercedes. I still find C-Class with AMG package very ugly and painful to look at.

  • SteersUright

    I dont get it? We’ve seen this car, its been tested and reviewed already with the 305hp motor so whats all the buzz about? We know they say it struggles to accelerate off the line, handles very well on a track once it gets going, rides like it has no suspension, makes a pretty dull engine sound, and has been out for some time. Unless they make this thing AWD with rear bias like the Focus RS, on the street the torque on the front axle will get old, the limited traction means you’re beating nobody off the line, and it looks like like a 10 year old Fast n Furious prop car being resold today. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to rent one and get some track time in with one of these but I’d never buy something that looks like this, nor the Focus RS. Part of automobile passion lies in the performance, yes. But part of it also lies in the design and execution of the final product as well. Details like a killer engine sound, beautiful design inside and out, etc., are all factors and areas where this car falls way short.

    • Agree. I don’t understand why manufacturers STILL try to make their cars look like an 80’s hot hatch. I’m not against making it sporty or aggressive looking to help differentiate it from the standard car, but who does this appeal to? If there’s enough rich teenagers out there it will do well I guess…

      • SteersUright

        Rich teenagers…lol… exactly. And once that teen grows up and can afford a special performance car, the last thing he/she wants is for it to look like the tuner specials he lusted over in 11th grade.

  • Solly Mathiba

    Honda lost it with adding two more doors on the hatch… Then they had to go the forced induction route, being a Honda fan I know how the company did not like turbos on their petrol engines, but i guess something had to give, then they went for size, n bigger is not always I have the vtec SO3 n the FN2 which I think we’re great inspite of the critics the later got, so Honda should do away with the extra doors…then they should have gone a different route for forced induction there r so many hatchbacks now and most use turbos so why didn’t they do the Honda thing n think out the box…really b bold n not follow, I think take a risk n go for hybrid or electric if that’s too then go supercharge…then get the wheel base shorter make the car smaller around the size of the FN2…Cause they not the top hatch in the world so Wat do they hav to loose?

  • Jesse

    Not a big fan of the “boy racer” looking wing. It’s too over the top and almost no one will be able to drive this fast enough to make use of the aero effects it will provide.

  • dhoosee


  • Sukhoi31m3

    Wear welding goggles while you wash it…..

  • alexxx


  • Craiggger

    I prefer mazda’s styling. And where they are made. I would it if mazda would produce a hot hatch with the motor from the cx-9.

  • Harry_Wild

    Totally over the top comical design if this is the true final design for production! Those who buy this will face a lot of ridicule on and off the street! Totally ridiculous! Honda could of went for an AWD version but the additional 200 lbs. was voted down by top management, so it continues to be is FWD! It is strictly stick too! Only 2% of U.S. drivers drive manual! Honda has been showing this car for about four years now and is still quite to far out for the streets; even for most tracks in the U.S.

  • Chad Gordon

    Which Decepticon is this?! Fakeventimus Prime?

  • Rod Duterte

    Wish it was 4wd w/Torque vectoring then maybe I can forgive the ugliness of it…………

  • Joe E

    Absolutely ghastly. That wing is homage to every ghetto-rigged erector-set wing that has ever been bolted on to Civics past.

  • Aquaflex

    It’s 35K loaded and will probably drive better than a focus RS or subie STI but if they would have made it AWD…even if it’s like the AWD in the focus RS, this Civic type R would have been epic, but hey it’s a type R and there is some real carbon fiber on it too on the white model which supposedly has a carbon pack…so $35k is fair….

    Me I am waiting for the next generation S2000, that is the next one Honda needs to bring to the table…

    We got to wait for the reviews on this new Type R…

    Acura bring back the integra Type R too while your at it…don’t be scared Honda just do it!

  • Dennis James

    The third exhaust pipe was exactly what was needed to that Christmas tree of a car.

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