Cheaper Base Honda Civic Type R May Arrive In 2018

Honda enthusiasts have had to wait decades for a Type R model to arrive in the U.S. and now it appears that if they want the lightest and cheapest variant available, they may have to wait until 2018.

According to Honda Pro Jason on Twitter, the 2018 Civic Type R will initially be sold exclusively Stateside in so-called Touring trim. It is reported that this will be the most premium Type R variant offered and it will inevitably be outfitted with a selection of luxuries that will surely make the hot hatch quite comfortable, but inevitably a touch heavier than it needs to be.

For those who don’t care about luxury and want the most capable of dynamic Civic Type R possible, they’ll have to wait until next year when a base model should hit the market and be free of any unnecessary creature comforts.

On paper, this base model may not be any faster than the Type R Touring. However, the placebo effect is a powerful thing and some may be swayed into the entry-level model if it feels that tiny bit more hardcore.

Sales of the Civic Type R Touring will kick off in late spring in the mid-$30,000 range. All trim levels will use an identical 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine delivering 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels.

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  • U8INIT

    Does anyone know if the fogs are HID’s?

    • Vassilis

      They’re LEDs.

  • nastinupe

    Talk about wheel spin and skipping during take offs, It’s a shame that they don’t have an AWD model to truly challenge the WRX Sti. I’m not paying $35,000 for a FWD Civic. Sorry.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      People are gonna enjoy having the steering wheel ripped out of their hands.

    • Baiding Wu

      Exactly. I even hope there is an option of automatic transimision to take down the WRX or Golf R… Pity.

  • Mind Synthetic

    if its isn’t a 90s civic no one cares. lets move on

  • KSegg

    This car looks like a train wreck. And LOL at the price. At the end of the day you’re paying near $40K for a CIVIC.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      And why would you buy this over a 2 series for the same price?

    • fastwolf son

      Its not just any Civic, the car looks awesome and performs like it should!

    • klavier285 .

      You could say that for anything though. A Golf R is a 40k Golf, an Evo is a 40k Lancer, an STI is a 40k Impreza, a Focus RS is a 40k Focus.

      • KSegg

        All of those you mentioned are also overpriced.

  • The Watcher

    Only if they implemented AWD like FoRS. Sure I can’t tell differences 80% of the time, but AWD helps where it counts.

  • Discus

    Damn that thing is ugly.

  • Harry_Wild

    AWD and automatic options are needed in order for me to look at buying the Type R! I think only 2-3% will take this $40K Civic and run it on the track! Track runs are void in auto insurance policies! You crash you pay out of pocket for repairs!

  • BlackPegasus

    Is this car supposed to look like something only a teenaged high school student should feel proud of driving? Its so damn busy. 😖

  • fastwolf son

    Haters gonna hate, this bad boy looks sick and is looking to perform like a beast!

    • The Truth

      Except a Honda Accord V6 puts it to shame.

  • The Truth

    It’s all show, no go. A v6 Honda Accord will give it a run for its money.

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