Japanese performance fan boys all over the US have been whining for years that America doesn’t get the Honda Civic Type R, but they’re finally getting their wish. Honda is sending the hottest version of the Civic stateside, as we’ve finally been deemed worthy.
New generation of Civic to include Civic Type R
Rice rocket fan boys have been going on for a very long time about the Honda Civic Type R, and according to Honda, Yankees will finally get a crack at it when the new generation of Civic arrives in North America. The news was dropped at the 2015 New York Auto Show, according to MotorAuthority.
They were displaying the concept version (which will be almost the same as the production model) of the Civic, and the other models that go with it. The next Civic will be more aerodynamic and much sportier in appearance than the last model. A Type R was among the displays, which is usually the only way an America would see one.
Part of the reason for the Type R’s arrival is that Honda is also making a Civic hatchback for the American market, and since the Type R has always been a hot hatch – why not?
Aside from the Type R, the reported revised CRZ coupe is going to part of the Civic lineup as will the next generation Civic Si.
Effects of globalization
Prior to the upcoming generation of the Civic, the North American version was different, which was part of why Honda only deemed the market fit for the Si instead of the Honda Civic Type R. However, that is changing; as with other automakers such as Ford, Honda is going to be selling more or less the same Civic everywhere.
We won’t, though, be getting a diesel, which they do sell everywhere else.
The range of available power plants and specs isn’t made fully available yet, but one iteration will be a turbo-charged 1.5-liter VTEC four-cylinder. Whether that goes in the Type R or not remains to be seen. Available transmissions will be either a CVT for folks who don’t drive manuals (wussies) or a six-speed manual – expect the Type R to have that one.
Latest one a real screamer
Internationally, the Honda Civic Type R is one of the most popular and hottest of the front-drive hot hatchbacks. It’s stripped-down and lightened compared to the regular Civic, with a race-tuned suspension. What made it different from the Si is the Type R is sharper, more focused – in other words, a racing Civic instead of just cramming a bigger motor in the engine bay.
The latest iteration, which will likely be the one we Americans get or at least close to it, is no slouch. Honda moved from natural aspiration in the last edition in favor of a 306-horsepower twin-turbo 2.0-liter VTEC four-cylinder, according to Gizmag, mated to a six-speed stick. It nips from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds.
Along with Brembo brakes, the front diff uses Honda’s Dual Axis Front Suspension system to cut down on torque steer (common in tuned up front-drive cars) and electronically-adjustable suspension to sharpen up performance (in other words, track mode) when you want to be naughty – controllable by a button reading “+R” in the cabin, sort of like the “M” button in some M series BMWs. The thing blitzed the Nurburgring in 7:50, a new record for front-drivers according to TopGear.
Expect one tailgating you in the next year or so, because that’s also who will buy one. Don’t feel guilty if you brake-check their ass.