In late spring, the all-new Honda Civic Type R will go on sale and boy are we excited. This six-speed manual transmission—manual only, no automatics for the Civic Type R—gets its power from a 2.0-liter, turbocharged I4 engine to put out 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Available only as a hatchback, the Civic Type R comes with these standard features:
- 540-watt, 12-speaker sound system
- 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto, satellite radio, HD Radio and Pandora compatibility
- bolstered sport seats
- leather wrapped steering wheel
- aluminum shift knob and pedals
- LED headlights, taillights, fog lights and turn signals
- red gauge cluster with Type R plaque on the center console
- automatic climate control
The Civic Type R has three available driving modes—Comfort, Sport, and +R. Changing modes affects steering weight, throttle response, stability control, adaptive dampers, and enables automatic rev-matching. Its exterior is a mean blend of unbridled confidence and aggressive road power, with exaggerated front air vents, side fender flares, a big wing on the back, and three—yes, three—tailpipes. To finish off its extreme sporty look and underworldly vibe, the Civic Type R’s lower body and 20-inch black alloy wheels are highlighted with fiery red accent lines.
We’ve waited nearly a year for the Civic Type R to hit the US market since its prototype debuted at the Paris auto show. Soon enough it’ll be a focal point in our Dublin showroom attracting attention from Honda-lovers throughout the Bay Area. And then? You’ll see it driving down on our East Bay streets. Will you be one of the lucky ones sitting behind the wheel? I hope so.
Till next time!