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2018 Honda Civic Type-R: It’s Not Only for Racing, It’s Also Practical

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The 2018 Honda Civic Type-R is best known for its performance. It is the world’s fastest production front-wheel drive car today.

The hot hatch is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. The unit produces 306 hp. The power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. That allows the car to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Then, its top speed is electronically-locked at 170 mph.

The Civic Type-R exudes an air of aggressiveness, thanks to its extended front bumper complete with black mesh and lip spoiler, air intakes, side skirts, protruding rear bumper, rear wing, rear diffuser, triple exhaust pipes, and sports wheels.

Due to the mentioned factors, most buyers tend to overlook the practical side of the car. So here is a list of things that make the Civic Type-R ideal for every day driving:

1. Fuel Efficient

The hot hatch may not be Honda’s most fuel-efficient car out there. But its combined fuel-consumption is 22/28 mpg. According to TorqueNews, you can also fill it with your regular unleaded gasoline because of its engine’s low compression.

2. Its Manual Transmission is Easy to Use

Driving a manual may take away the convenience brought about by the ease of operation provided by automatic and CVT gearboxes. On the good side, an MT gives the driver a good feel of the vehicle’s power. That’s why most car purists prefer it.

The Civic Type-R’s MT is easy to learn. It has the always-on torque feature that makes shifting in city drives very minimal. In addition, the center display has indicators that help the driver determine when to shift gears.

3. Comfortable Interior

Despite the compact appearance of the Civic Type-R, it actually has a decent space in its cabin. The front has a total headroom of 39.3 inches and total legroom of 42.3 inches. The back offer an overall headroom and legroom of 37.4 inches and 35.9 inches, respectively. The rear seats can be folded to accommodate more of your haul from the grocery or your baggage.

The sports front seats possess that cozy feel in them. Then the center console has a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster that manages the drive modes of the hatch as well as information on navigation, G-force meter, lap timer and shift lights.

What Would The Honda Accord Type R Look Like For The US Market?

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Japanese carmaker Honda doesn’t seem to be a big fan of the United States. Over the years, Honda has managed to come up with the Type R version for the first-generation Acura NSX, the Acura Integra, the Honda Accord, and the Honda Civic. Of these, only the NSX Type and the Integra Type R came to the US with the Acura badge.

For the 2017 model year, the US market finally got the Type R version of the Honda Civic. Still, that’s not enough for Honda fans there. A rendering of a Honda Accord Type R would have a more aggressive fascia and plenty of Type R features inside.


If you are aware of the 10th-generation model of the Accord Type R, it would look similar to the rendering of the US-spec Accord, though the latter would be more significantly aggressive. The massive grille up front will stay but this time, it will come with the traditional Type R badge and red Honda logo. Other additions are the larger corner vents, the extra lip at the bottom of the fascia, and the attractive little wings on the side of the fascia.

It will also get body-colored mirrors and moonroof, as well as front fenders with gloss black vents and the red striping of the Type R wheels.


Inside, you should expect all the Honda Type R goodies such as new sports seats with ample booster support, aluminum shift knob, red stitching on all fabric, front seats made of suede material, a steering wheel with red accents between the spokes, carbon fiber and suede trim inserts, and red seatbelts for both the front and rear seats.

Other features will include the six-inch head-up display, a 4G LTE internet connection with hotspot and OTA software updates, and finally, a 450-watt, 10-speaker system with dual 2.5-amp USB ports and plenty of bass.


Honda Civic Type R Concept To Be Introduced At 2016 Paris Show

Paris Motor Show 2014

Reports said that the Honda Civic Type R concept will make a bow at the 2016 Paris Auto Show in September. But the production version wouldn’t be available in the market at least until the second half of next year.

Honda has been working on the next generation of its Civic Type R, which would be sold in most of the Japanese automaker’s markets, including the United States. Prototypes have been sighted in testing in the past months, but we have to wait until 2017 to see the production unit.

But those who want an early look on the new Civic Type R concept can do so this September as it is slated to be unveiled along with Honda’s Civic Hatchback, which will go on sale later this year as a 2017 model. This new hatchback is the basis of the Type R’s form. It will also be sold in the United States.

We’re hoping that what we will be seeing as a concept in September is also the same production version that would join the market in 2017. This was how Honda first introduced the Civic Type R—first as a concept then that same concept was made into a production version.

Accordingly, this new Civic Type R will follow its predecessor’s formula: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that can deliver 300 horsepower to the front wheels, and paired with a 6-speed manual and sophisticated suspension.

Rivals of the new Civic Type R are the Ford Focus RS, the Subaru WRX STI, and the Volkswagen Golf R.

All Civic Hatchbacks, as well as the new Civic Type R, will be sourced from Honda’s plant in the United Kingdom. Details have been very minor about the specs, prices and overall look of the Type R, but we’re expecting more information will come out as the Paris Auto Show in September looms near.

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