Today we have good news and bad news for you.
Here’s the bad:
If you live in the United States, you can’t buy the 2016 Honda Civic Type R. That’s bad news because the Type R is more than just a spiffed-up Civic. It’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injected VTEC 4-cylinder speed demon that spits out 310 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque at just 2,500 rpm. It comes only with a 6-speed manual and can rocket from 0 to 62 in 5.7 seconds while on its way to a top speed of 167 mph.
The car is based on the European Civic, which differs from the U.S. version, so there’s no chance it will be sold here.
But here’s the good news:
The 2018 version will.
Here’s a quote from BoldRide:
For the first time ever, Americans will be able to experience the joy that is the Honda Civic Type R. Slated for a 2018 release date, the Type R will ride on a new global Civic platform, and hopefully wins back the hearts of enthusiasts everywhere.
Global platforms are the new trend in the auto industry, because they save gobs of money. They’re also the reason there are now fewer Europe-only cars over which we Yankees can lust.
There was a time when I thought we’d never get the sleek European Ford Kuga, which made our Escape look like an ancient box-shaped tank. But once Ford adopted a global architecture, our Escape went away, and the Kuga came here to become the new Escape. All was well in the world of Ford.
It appears that the same thing could happen with the Civic, only this time we’ll get the added benefit of the Type R, too.
We don’t know what it will look like, though the guys and gals over at CivicX have a pretty nice-looking guess. We assume that the same, if not slightly improved, 2.0-liter turbocharged motor will transfer over to the 2018 version, which means 300+ horsepower sent to the ground by a proper 6-speed manual.
My biggest concern is the notorious torque steer that front-wheel-drive cars often suffer, but that is said to be all but eliminated by a new front-suspension design and adaptive dampers. Consider me intrigued…
If you’re currently shopping for a new Civic, especially in Si trim, you might want to wait. The year 2018 will be here before we know it, and the new Type R will be worth the wait.
Will you wait until the 2018 model year to buy a Civic Type R?