2018 Honda Civic Type R Lives Up to Its High-Performance Hype

2018 Honda Civic Type R

If you can’t have fun in a 2018 Honda Civic Type R — one thing is clear. It’s not the ride. It’s you.

The Honda Civic Type R is the fastest and highest-performing Honda ever sold in America, with a personality to go right along with it.  Among its many accolades, it was recently awarded 2018 Performance Compact of the year by Texas Auto Writers Association journalists at the Texas Auto Roundup.

2018 Honda Civic Type R

After going on sale last June for an abbreviated 2017 model-year, the Type R’s popularity incurred a waitlist. This year, Honda plans to build about 5,000 2018 models, keeping it a car for true enthusiasts.

Consider me one of its newer fans, after taking a spin in one at the Texas Auto Roundup, an event where journalists evaluated the performance of dozens of vehicles on a raceway that included straightway, slalom and braking tests.

 

2018 Honda Civic Type R

Credit: Kevin McCauley

The 306-horsepower performance beast in Ralleye Red lived up to its hype, taking corners with the rush of adrenaline that left me wanting more.

As impressed as I was with my driving skills as I gleefully hugged the corners and maneuvered a slalom course, Honda’s West Coast PR Manager Davis Adams admittedly put me to shame when he took a turn. As you’ll see in the video below, he unleashed what the Type R can do when someone well-trained in its many virtues takes it around a course.

Power, Fuel Economy and MSRP Numbers

Under the hood, the Type R sports a turbo 2.0-liter engine. It cranks out 306-horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed manual sends power to the front two wheels through a helical limited-slip differential.  Fuel economy is 22 city/28 highway/25 combined (premium fuel is not required but recommended.)

So how much will you pay for this performance package? The MSRP as of May 1, 2018, gives it a sticker price of $35,595 including destination charges.

 

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2 Comments
  1. Marshall Stewart 3 weeks ago

    Jerry, Just watched the Honda Civic Type R film. Wow! I’m planning to trade in early 2019. (Must wait for MRD from my IRA, and will test drive one before buying.)

  2. Scott 3 weeks ago

    I was very close to pulling the trigger on a Type R. We’ve owned two Civics, and loved them both (96 EX and 07 Si). But the markup most dealers were putting on them last year was disgusting. It’s an amazing car at sticker price. At $10k or more above, not so much.

    The best “deal” I could find was a local dealer (car pro approved to no surprise) that would take a $5k deposit, sell it at sticker, and put me on the list. The only downside, no guarantee on when I would get the call to pick it up, and no guarantee on color. Whatever came in was was my car.

    Leaves a bad taste in the customers mouth towards the dealer and the manufacturer.

    Who knows, may end up with one yet. Ran into crazy markups when I looked at 01 Mustang Cobras and 07 MazdaSpeed 3’s. Ended up getting both used a year or so later like new for half what they were going for new with the markups.

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