Honda is known more as a performance brand overseas than here in the United States. Just one of the reasons for that perception is the limited availability of the Civic Type R, which has never been imported to the U.S. market.
However, that’s finally about to change. The all-new Honda Civic Type R, recently unveiled in Geneva, has made its debut on our shores at this week’s New York auto show. For many, this car will be worth the wait.
Borrowing the radical design of the Civic Type R concept that was first shown at last year’s Paris Motor Show, the production model is just as bold, featuring no shortage of scoops, spoilers, air intakes, and bulging wheel arches. Out back is a center-exit exhaust with three oversized tailpipes, hinting at the performance capabilities this vehicle has to offer.
According to Honda, the Type R is not only more rigid than the standard Civic hatchback that it is based on, but it’s also 15 pounds lighter.
Under the hood is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged i-VTEC four-cylinder engine producing 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All that power is routed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. There are no paddle shifters, no CVT, and no automatic transmission available on this vehicle.
In addition to its potent powertrain and aero enhancements, the Civic Type boasts plenty of other performance-tuned hardware. This includes adaptive suspension, retuned electric power steering, a limited-slip differential, and upgraded brakes with 13.8-inch Brembo aluminum 4-pot calipers.
Drivers can also choose between Comfort, Sport, and +R driving modes. Selecting different modes will change the steering weight, throttle response, stability control, adaptive dampers and — for enthusiasts who struggle with heel-toe — enable automatic rev-matching.
When the Civic Type R arrives in showrooms, it will only be available in Touring trim. Plenty of tech will come standard as a result, including a 7.0-inch touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a 12-speaker audio system compatible with SiriusXM, HD Radio, and Pandora.
Having been available across the pond for years, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Civic Type R will be built in Swindon, England. However, its engine will be manufactured in Ohio.
Full pricing will be announced close to the car’s release in late spring. Expect the price tag to hover somewhere in the mid-$30K range. Until then, take a closer look below.