2018 Honda Civic Type R – Yes, it’s here! Here in Paris, Paris Motor Show! First spy photos are here,finally!
The Type R has always been a sought after car and the latest model based on the ninth generation Civic doesn’t disappoint either. Unfortunately, this car has only been available for the European market which made the US customers turn to the Focus RS and the Gold R. In order to regain some of these buyers and give the US market a true hot hatch, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R will be released across a lot more markets than before. So far there have been only rumors about the new Type R, but more recently a few inside sources did say a few things about it, but more on that a bit later. As we mentioned above, the new Type R will be based on the same platform as the latest Civic.
The new platform offers much better torsional rigidity, it is lighter and on top of that modular. However, these are not the only important aspects of it. The ongoing European Type R was made as a development vehicle in order to see if the car would be successful. This is also the reason why it was built at the end of the life-cycle of the ninth generation.
The new car will be launched next year which is quite close to the release of the new Civic which happened only a few months ago. This will allow Honda to further improve the car in the future. The price has not been revealed for now but considering its competitors cost between $30,000 and $40,000; it is safe to assume that it will cost roughly the same.
2018 Honda Civic Type R
There have been some inside sources about the upcoming 2018 Honda Civic Type R which suggested that the car will look a bit more mature. This means that it will offer a subtle rear wing, less aggressive spoilers and likely a more toned down overall appearance. Even though these alleged sources did suggest this, the camouflaged development mule was quite a bit more different. For starters, the car used the front end of the new Civic with a rather aggressive front end.
On top of that, at the rear, it clearly boasted a large wing. This made us believe that the new Civic Type R will be available in a couple of different configurations which would actually make a lot of sense.
Inside the cabin
Like with any other hot-hatchback on the market, the Type R Civic will look pretty much identical to the latest Civic with a few improvements. These should include a new instrument cluster, likely a better steering wheel with more functions as well as a new pair of front seats. So far Recaro seems our best bet for the seat manufacturer which was used on the European model of the Type R.
Under the Hood
Running gear and powertrain – interesting or madness?
The most impressive fact about the future 2018 Honda Civic Type R is that it will remain front-wheel drive. This has been praised by many car enthusiasts around the World, but it might pose a few problems. The current version, despite being front wheel drive, manages to keep torque steer in check, and it is also noticeably better than some of its rivals such as the Golf R, at least regarding driving characteristics.
In order to remain front wheel drive, Honda will work on the suspension setup of the car in order to keep all that power in check. How much power? Well, it is worth mentioning that the current Type R makes 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. This is a very impressive amount considering it comes from just a turbocharged 2-liter engine.
The 2018 model of the car is expected to make use of the same engine for which Honda specifically built a factory in the US. Unlike the current model, though, it seems that it will be improved. So far there has been a source that said the engine would make 340 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. The source didn’t say how the extra power will be made, but we do believe a better exhaust, intake and ECU should do the trick just fine. Like before, all that power will be routed to the front wheels via a mechanical limited slip differential though a six-speed manual gearbox. The result should be one of the best, if not the best; front wheel drive cars ever made.
The biggest competitors would be: Ford RS and ST edition, VW Golf GTI and R.