Honda has bumped the price of the 2018.5 Civic Type R across the nation by $600. This means that the base model is now available from $35,595, a figure that includes the destination charge.
Some may think that as a result of become more expensive, the Japanese hot hatch is also packing some extra features. But they would be wrong, though, as according to CarsDirect, the Honda Civic Type R remains unchanged, inside and out.
The Civic Type R is still well-equipped
Still, for a compact model, it remains well equipped and brings, in addition to the controversial body kit, a set of 20-inch wheels shod with Continental tires, LED headlamps and Brembo brakes. The two-tone sport seats, aluminum gear knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and 7-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity, among others, are offered at no extra cost.
But why did Honda bump the price of the Civic Type R?
That’s a tough one to answer, but the quoted publication suggests that they might have done it just because they can. For example, the Ford Focus RS was discontinued, and the Type R’s other direct rival, the VW Golf R, starts from $39,785. Even the Subaru WRX STI, which offers similar performance, has an MSRP of $36,095, and that’s without the destination charge. So the Civic Type R is the most affordable car in this class, even with the slight price bump.