You may want to sit down for this one. Honda’s long-awaited Civic Type R is officially here. Well, that is, if you count its unveiling this week in Geneva.
The Civic Type R is one hot hatch all right. It’s been anticipated for months now. It will start selling in the States later this spring after it makes its stateside debut at next month’s New York Auto Show.
When the sales start, it will mark the beginning of Honda selling the R-type badging in the US. We don’t have all the trim and pricing info yet. But Honda gives its hot, hot hatch a starting range in the mid-$30,000 area.
What we can give you are the power numbers. Honda tells us the Type R packs a sweet 306-horses and 295 pound-feet of torque. It does this with a turbocharged i-VTEC 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engine. Interestingly, it will continue to use the Civic standard front-wheel drive. That puts it at a contrast to competitors like the Ford Focus RS and Subaru WRX STI.
The Type R follows closely behind the recent stateside arrival of the Civic Hatchback. We’re huge fans of the oversize ridiculous dual tone spoiler that nicely parallels the lines of the hatch lid and rear brake lights. The overall exterior lines also appear to be sharper and more angular. We’re also loving all the shots of red on the exterior as well. The rear H badge goes black with a red background. All around the bottom rim of the R is a red pinstripe.
Inside are fancy sport seats and an overall red and black palette. The model only comes in manual. You control it via aluminum sport pedals and shift knob. Leather finishes the steering wheel and shift boot.
The model also makes improvements over the last generation Type R, one not sold in the States. The curb weight goes down with an aluminum hood and steel body components. The body rigidity increases 38 percent in terms of the torso and 45 percent in terms of bending. Honda says this gives it even better cornering.
“The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th generation Civic lineup. We’re happy to inform our U.S. enthusiasts that the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Honda Type R performance is nearly over!” says Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
We’re personally loving whoever gave him the forbidden fruit line.