Entry-Level Honda Civic Type R To Launch Next Year

It appears increasingly likely that Honda will start selling an entry-level Civic Type R model in the U.S. for the 2018 model year.

The Truth About Cars has uncovered NHTSA certification papers which American Honda recently filed. The papers list the current Civic Type R, exclusively available in Touring guise, under the model code FK8G7.

Interestingly, the papers show a second model, simply listed as ‘Type R’ with the same engine and 6-speed manual transmission of the Civic Type R Touring but under the FK8G3 model code. These details mimic information which first emerged in April, solidifying reports that Honda is looking to make the hot hatch just that little bit more affordable.

At this stage, it is difficult to know what the Japanese automaker intends on removing from the Civic Type R Touring to make a more affordable version. However, it is probable that they’ll be smaller wheels and more affordable tires, simplified seats, a cheaper audio system and potentially, no towering rear wing.

Prices for the current Civic Type R Touring start at $34,775 and it seems probable that the no-frills version will be priced closer to the $30,000 mark.

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  • Imjus Sayin

    So basicaly upselling a “Si-R spec”. Or an “Si-Plus” instead of watering down the CTR for marketing purposes.

  • Craig

    It’s not the price that bothers me. It’s the look. A nice toned-down version would be great. I think Subaru did that with the STi – offering a more ‘conservative’ looking version.

  • Infinite1

    I like the Type R but to each his own

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    should be named type s instead

    • YUDHA BAGASKONTOL

      SOTOY LO GOBLOK!

  • TotallyDisqusted

    This doesn’t make any sense unless they are going to mass produce the new one. They had no problem moving units at the current price.

  • LJ

    Can they fix the appearance?

    • LWOAP

      They probably won’t.

  • jason wu

    Fake news

    • LWOAP

      Fake comment. 🙂

  • Tenzin Pelha

    Honda keep the same look, I think it looks amazing.

  • Benjamin B.

    What’s the point of the Si now. I would rather have the Civic Sport 1.5T than the Si with the same1.5T.

  • LWOAP

    It hope it’s less ugly and is a three door as well. Or, if not, perhaps a more powerful and better looking Civic Si coupe and/or sedan.

  • Blade t

    the new si is a joke with the 1.5 ,but it looks better than the R ….if this lower trim R looks more toned down it would be interesting ….