At long last, U.S. hot hatch fans can celebrate the arrival of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. It officially went on sale Wednesday, earlier than expected, and a week after auction bidding started for the first production model.
Originally, Honda said the first of the Type Rs in the U.S. wouldn’t go on sale until the end of this summer. But it’s jumping the gun and releasing it this week before bidding even ends. A choice possibly resulting from all the leaked details, including accurate pricing and EPA mileage.
What You Get
The Civic Type R comes in one trim – the Touring – and it’s priced at $34,775 including destination. Mileage is 22 city/28 highway/25 combined.
The Touring trim comes with all the bells and whistles from the get-go, so you don’t have to tack on a bunch of add-on packages. It comes standard with adaptive dampers, LED headlights, 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Music fans will like the 540-watt 12-speaker audio system.
The Type R isn’t short on technology either, featuring Smart Entry with Push Button Start, Walk Away Door Locking and a Security System with Remote Entry.
If you don’t already know, the Type R is the most powerful production Honda ever to go on sale in the U.S. with its 306-horspower 2.0-liter DOHC engine. It delivers 295 pound-feet of torque.
It only offers 6-speed manual because let’s be real, if you can’t drive it manual there’s always the passenger’s seat.
The black aluminum finished wheels are 20 x 8.5-inch, with Brembo front brakes, and single piston calipers on the rear.
A pre-production version of the car also set a fastest production front-wheel-drive record last month in Nürbergring.
First Model Auction
If you want to get in on the first Type R you’ve got the time, but not much. Bidding for the first production model VIN 01 ends Thursday June 15th at 2pm CST.
Currently, bidding still stands at $200k with 22 bids so far. Proceeds benefit a childhood cancer foundation.
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