Your chance to own the first Type R and donate for charity at the same time!

Set to come to the United States for the first time ever, the new-generation Honda Civic Type R has created a massive amount of hype since its public unveiling. The anticipation is so great that some buyers who have reserved their Type Rs are actually trying to sell them for double the actual price on e-Bay and other e-commerce platforms. Fortunately enough, all this nonsense will be over soon as the new hot-hatch is ready to hit U.S. dealerships. But until the first Type Rs meet their customers, Honda is offering the very first U.S.-spec car for charity. The hatchback, which is wearing vehicle identification number (VIN) number 01, will be auctioned only from June 7 to June 15 through car auction site Bring A Trailer.

The vehicle in question is finished in the exciting Aegean Blue Metallic paint and includes all the goodies that come with the Type R package, including the rear wing, center triple exhaust pipe, aggressive bumpers and fenders, and signature red Honda badges. The black interior sports red accents and seats for a sharp contrast specific to race-inspired road cars. All proceeds to this auction will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood brain tumors. The blue Type R is the first vehicle of its kind to be sold in the U.S., as well as the first new vehicle to be auctioned on vintage and collector site Bring A Trailer.

Updated 06/09/2017: As expected, the auction is getting a lot of attention and the bidding is already at $200,000. At this rate, the Type R could fetch in excess of $500,000 by June 15.

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Why It Matters?

The Type R’s first arrival on American soil is definitely a huge moment for the Honda Civic and an important event for the Japanese automaker. Thus it makes a lot of sense for the first-ever unit to be offered for charity, especially since all the hype will cause severely inflated prices and endless waiting lists. All this hype will also help Honda sell the Type R for well in excess of $100,000, which will give the good folks at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation a solid research fund. To see all of the details and place your own bid, swing on over to bringatrailer.com

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 2.0-liter turbocharged i-VTEC four-cylinder
Horsepower 306 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 295 LB-FT @ 7,000 RPM
Transmission 6-Speed Manual
0 to 60 mph 5.7 seconds
Top Speed 169 mph

Read our full review on the Honda Civic Type R here.

Source: bringatrailer

Press release

The very first 2017 Honda Civic Type R in the world, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) 01, will be auctioned online beginning June 7, with all proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The Civic Type R is the fastest, most powerful Honda of all time produced for the U.S. and the first Honda Civic Type R to be sold in America. Enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the Civic Type R’s arrival can visit http://bringatrailer.com/listing/2017-honda-civic-type-r-for-charity/ to bid1 on the exclusive model with the auction closing on June 15.

"The Civic Type R has long been forbidden fruit for enthusiasts in the U.S., so we thought it would be fun to offer one lucky customer a shot at owning the first of its kind in America while benefitting the leading nonprofit solely dedicated to finding a cure for childhood brain tumors, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation," said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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The first production 2017 Civic Type R will be the first new vehicle to be sold on the vintage and collector car auction site, Bring A Trailer. This first-ever Honda Civic Type R to be sold in America is the pinnacle fun-to-drive vehicle of the Honda brand and recently established itself as the fastest front-wheel-drive production car in the world, having set a record lap time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds on Germany’s 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife (north loop), more than three seconds faster than the previous record. Video of the new Civic Type R’s record-setting lap can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibvMm8bVQXY.

The 2017 Civic Type R features the most powerful engine ever offered in a Honda production vehicle in America, a 306-horsepower 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected TURBO powerplant with i-VTEC® valvetrain mated to a short-shifting six-speed manual transmission. Type R’s fully independent suspension with dual-axis strut front strut and Adaptive Dampers at all four corners can be controlled through three selectable driving modes – Comfort, Sport and +R. Additional design elements of the track-ready Type R include cross-drilled front brake discs squeezed by Brembo 4-pot calipers and a comprehensive aerodynamic package for outstanding high-speed stability and low drag.

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The 2017 Civic Type R for the U.S. market will be produced exclusively in Honda’s Swindon, UK plant. Its turbocharged engines will be produced in Anna, Ohio, Honda’s largest automobile engine plant in in the world, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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