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2017 Honda Civic Type R – Driven

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  • Honda Civic Type R – Driven
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Six-Speed Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    306 @ 6500
  • MPG(Cty):
    22
  • MPG(Hwy):
    28
  • Torque @ RPM:
    295 @ 2500
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection, Turbocharged
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    13.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    170 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Font Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
  • Price:
    34775
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Honda’s dual-purpose hot hatch

Performance vehicles are pushing the envelope beyond the imagination these days. Insane horsepower numbers and bleeding-edge technology contribute to ridiculous lap times and sub-four-second sprints to 60 mph. But more often than not, these all-out performance machines – think Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type, and Porsche Cayman – are too compromised for daily living and cost a significant chunk of change. But imagine combining the impressive performance of a two-seater coupe with the functionality of a five-door hatchback and a reasonable price. That’s exactly what that hot hatch segment does. And now for the 2017 model year, Honda has launched its all-new Civic Type R. What’s more, Honda is bringing it to America for the first time.

Based on the new 10th-generation Honda Civic, the new Type R adds power, a sophisticated suspension system, and functional aero to the family-friendly Civic hatchback. It’s like having cake and eating it, too. Now, the Civic Type R has some stiff competition. The 350-horsepower Ford Focus RS is the reigning performance king and the Volkswagen Golf R is the grown-up’s idea of a performance-minded hatchback. And if having a hatchback isn’t a priority but hitting the rally circuit is, there’s always the Subaru WRX STI. The Civic Type R sort of carves its own niche in the segment with an outlandish design, heavily bolstered front buckets, and the lowest starting price of the bunch, but mixes it with only 306 horsepower and the lack of all-wheel drive. To find out how the Civic Type R recipe tastes, Honda flew me to Washington State for time on a private racetrack and scenic drives near the Olympic National Forest. Here’s what I found.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R

The Civic Type R is here in the United States? Boy is it a good time to be alive! To make it better, download one of our wallpapers and give your desktop some of that Type R treatment!

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Honda Will Make the Nissan Leaf and VW E-Golf Obsolete When the Urban EV Goes on Sale in 2019

Honda Will Make the Nissan Leaf and VW E-Golf Obsolete When the Urban EV Goes on Sale in 2019

A lot of eyes will be on Honda with the production version of the Urban EV

The Honda Urban EV Concept was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2017. It made its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, and in the months since, Honda has apparently decided that it was promising enough that the Japanese automaker has decided to approve a production version. In fact, order books for the production version of the model are scheduled to open from early 2019, setting the stage for the Urban EV Concept to become Honda’s first mass-produced battery electric vehicle to hit the market in Europe.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R - Driven (Again)

2017 Honda Civic Type R - Driven (Again)

We spend a week with Honda’s golden boy

The Honda Civic Type R has quite a legacy to its name, though none of it happened on American soil. Thankfully, that’s changed for 2017 as Honda has finally brought the Type R Stateside. In fact, its turbocharged engine is made in Ohio before being shipped to Wiltshire, England for assembly in the car. That’s right, this Japanese hot hatch has an American heart and is born in Britain. How’s that for multi-cultural? But more than that, the Type R’s appearance on U.S. soil means we finally have the chance to compare it to its fiercest rivals – the Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volkswagen Golf R.

As it turns out, I’ve driven each of the competitors. Each are immensely fun and worthy of loads of respect over their engineering and outright impressive performance. The Type R joins those ranks with the same impressive level of technical wizardry and high-tech manufacturing techniques. I’ll dive into some of that, along with comparing it to the RS, Subi, and Golf R. It will be a fun ride, so read along.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R: Life Behind the Wheel

2017 Honda Civic Type R: Life Behind the Wheel

A great blend of sport and tour

A Rallye Red 2017 Honda Civic Type R has graced my driveway for the last week. Visible from my office window, the hot hatch just begs to be driven – and driven hard. It’s a Nürburgring-tuned monster with an appetite for the Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volkswagen Golf R, yet is rather livable doing everyday, mundane trips around town. Honda somehow engineered the Type R to do both, though the phrase about being a jack of all trade and master of none definitely applies.

The Type R is based on the Civic Hatchback but receives extra structural adhesives for a more rigid chassis. It also gets a unique suspension system, complete with adaptive dampers, stiffer spring rates, and thicker anti-roll bars. And of course, the Type R has its own powertrain – a souped-up version of the Accord’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Here it makes 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque from 2,500 up to 4,500 rpm. Honda chose to forego a complex and heavy all-wheel-drive system like the Ford, Subaru, and Volkswagen; instead, going with a front-wheel drive setup that allows for an extremely respectable curb weight of only 3,100 pounds. It’s this combination of light weight and rigidity that make the Type R what it is. And now that you know Honda’s recipe, here’s how the final product tastes.

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Turns Out The 2017 Honda Civic Type R Makes a Good Daily Driver

Turns Out The 2017 Honda Civic Type R Makes a Good Daily Driver

Spending a week with Honda’s hottest hot hatch

At its heart, the Honda Civic Type R is still a Civic hatchback. That’s the key. It still offers 25.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, an impressive 46.2 cubic feet with them folded, and will comfortably hold two adults when not. The Civic Type R’s only downfall compared to its more pedestrian brother is its missing second-row middle seat. Everything else (size wise) remains unchanged through the Type R-ification.

What’s that mean? The 306-horsepower hot hatch makes a good daily driver. There’s room for a trip to IKEA, car seats fit just fine, and all the niceties like dual-zone climate controls abound. But there is more to being a good daily driver than just having room for people and their stuff. Factors like ride quality, sound levels, seat comfort, and fuel economy are also at play. Keep reading for the details on how these factors, well… factor into the Civic Type R’s daily livability.

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Managing The Bump: A Look at the Civic Type R's Suspension

Managing The Bump: A Look at the Civic Type R’s Suspension

Advanced designs give the Type R more agility

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is the newest hot hatch in the American market, but it’s not the most beastly contender. In fact, that title easily goes to the Ford Focus RS – the 350-horsepower AWD monster with drift mode. Rather than one-upping the Focus RS, the Honda development team aimed for lightweight precision and focused on drivability. The goal was creating a fully track-capable hatchback that was completely livable on public roads during daily driving. A substantial amount of math an engineering later, the Type R debuted with a unique suspension system that handles both.

Despite the Type R’s newness to the scene, we’ve had plenty of time behind the wheel. Honda had us at the launch event in August and we have one in the driveway as this is being written. (Believe us, it’s hard to remain behind the computer when seeing a red Type R through the window.) At the launch event in Washington State, Honda provided each journalist with their own Type R, allowing for uninterrupted driving and relief from awkward conversations with an unknown co-driver about their bad speeding habits. Track time at The Ridge Motorsports Park showed exactly how well the Type R could dance and provided a more intimate feeling of the car’s handling. Now we’re evaluating the Type R on familiar pavement. The consensus is that Honda did its homework. The Type R truly does offer a world-class driving experience with few trade-offs. We still think road noise is a bit too loud, but the low curb weight of only 3,117 pounds makes us understand the missing sound deadening material.

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The Turbocharged Heart of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R

The Turbocharged Heart of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R

A deep dive into the Civic’s 2.0-liter turbo-four

The Honda Civic Type R is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder constructed from aluminum. It uses Honda’s proven VTEC system to phase the timing of the 16 overhead valves. Rotational mass is kept down thanks to sodium-filled exhaust valves and lightweight pistons. A short blip of the throttle will have the 2.0-liter screaming at its 7,000-rpm redline in very short order. Thankfully, redline isn’t required for making peak horsepower. All 306 galloping ponies are in full stampede at 6,500 rpm and the 295 pound-feet of torque peak at only 2,500 rpm but stays through 4,500 rpm.

Temperatures are kept in check by an intercooler, a radiator, and four separate inlets into the engine bay. The lowest inlet in the grille chills the turbo’s intercooler while the space below the Honda H directs air to the engine’s radiator. The upper slot just below the hood is what feeds fresh air into the intake. Last but not least, the hood scoop is used to push cool air down the backside of the engine while relieving positive air pressure under the hood and thereby reducing lift.

More cooling happens via the oil jets that squirt the underside of the piston and the water-cooled, two-piece exhaust manifold. As for those oil jets, they not only cool the pistons and cylinder walls, they also provide a constant flow of lubrication.

After air leaves the unique exhaust manifold, it travels down a single exhaust pipe. Behind the rear axle, the pipe forks off into three seconds. The outer pipes go to large mufflers, while the center pipe feeds a resonator. The three each feel their own exhaust tip in the center of the bumper. Honda says the center resonator is used to control mid-rev booming inside the cabin, while the outer mufflers move vast amounts of air at high speeds. Interestingly, the center resonator actually generates negative pressure at higher revs. The result is a snarling yet not overbearing exhaust note – both from inside and outside the car.

Read our full, driven review of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R.

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Watch How Honda Manages Air on the 2017 Civic Type R

Watch How Honda Manages Air on the 2017 Civic Type R

There’s no fake vents or spoilers on Honda’s hottest hatch

The 2017 Honda Civic Type R has made massive waves in the hot hatch segment since its launch midyear. The Type R blazes its own trail with a different map that Ford and Subaru use for their Focus RS and WRX STI. The Honda lacks a fancy AWD system, drift mode, or some expensive Recaro or Sparco branded seats. Rather, Honda focused on reducing mass and aerodynamics. The aero work is clearly seen when looking at the car, but there’s more to the story than just tall spoilers and big intakes.

Rob Keough with Honda Civic Product Planning goes into deep detail on all the Type R’s aerodynamic surfaces and cooling ductwork in this five-minute video from Honda. Keough goes through the visual tour of the car’s thermal package first, showing the three separate intakes for the intercooler, radiator, and engine air intake. The hood-mounted scoop then channels air down and out of the engine bay. This not only helps relieve air pressure, but also reduces lift on the front wheels. A hidden air duct below the fog lights help cool the front brakes.

Around back, the wing is positioned high enough to not block rear visibility yet is thin enough to not cause any undue drag. Its angle and shape are positioned to create downforce at higher speeds, aided by vortex generators along the rear of the roof. Honda says the Type R has a drag coefficient of 0.26, which is incredibly low. By comparison, the Bugatti Chiron has a drag coefficient of .35 in its Top Speed mode. Yeah…

Of course, aerodynamics are only a part of the 2017 Civic Type R’s story. We’ll have more Type R content this week as we’ve got one in the driveway. Feel free to ask questions in the comments and we’ll answer them.

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No More Ludicrous Prices: 2018 Honda Civic Type R Goes On Sale

No More Ludicrous Prices: 2018 Honda Civic Type R Goes On Sale

Civic Type Rs for everyone!

The Honda Civic Type R was finally launched in the United States in 2017 (for the first time in 20 years) and caused lots of chaos at dealerships, which had to cope with incredible demand for very low supply. The first run was preordered in a matter of hours, and many dealers tried to speculate and used all sorts of tricks to up the sticker. Some of those who preordered a Type R tried to resell their orders at higher prices too, sometimes well in excess of $70,000. But it looks like all these shenanigans may finally be over, as the 2018-model-year Civic Type R went on sale in the United States.

The beefed-up hatchback retails from $34,100, excluding the $890 destination charge and other costs. Definitely much better than the $50,000 sticker some dealerships were asking, or the $80,000+ some nut jobs were trying to score by selling their preorders. The only bad news here is that demand is so high that there may still be a long waiting line at dealerships, but the ordering and delivery process should become easier in a couple of months. On a related note, the Type R turbocharged engine is now also available as a crate engine for amateur and professional race team through the company’s motorsport division.

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You Can Have the Honda Civic Type R Crate Engine For $6.5K

You Can Have the Honda Civic Type R Crate Engine For $6.5K

Good news for racing enthusiasts!

For years, Honda enthusiasts in the United States watched with envy as Europe and Asia had access to the awesome, beefed-up Civic Type R. Launched in 1997, the Type R remained a forbidden fruit for U.S. gearheads for decades. Two decades to be more specific, as the high-performance Civic didn’t cross the pond to North America until 2017. And, needless to say, it created the utmost hype, with backed-up preorders and crazy price speculation over to-be-delivered cars. With the hatchback finally on its way to customers, Honda has more good news for Type R fans: the turbocharged 2.0-liter powerplant is now available as a crate engine.

The big announcement was made at the 2017 SEMA Show, where Honda confirmed that enthusiasts would be able to purchase the Type R engine through Honda Performance Development’s Honda Racing Line program. The crate engine is rated at the same 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque as the one in the road car. The turbocharged four-banger is priced at $6,519.87, but here is a catch: it’s only available for "verified, closed-course racing applications," which means it can’t be used in road-going models.

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Love the Honda Civic Type R? You Need this Lawnmower

Love the Honda Civic Type R? You Need this Lawnmower

There’s something for fans of the Honda CBR Fireblade too ;)

The world we live in, it is changing more and more each day. Engines are getting smaller and more powerful, AI intelligence is on the brink of becoming a common household item, computers now fit in our pockets, and fully autonomous cars are on the horizon. But, before self-driving cars take over the world, we are starting to see fully autonomous appliances take over. Refrigerators can order groceries for you, and we now have self-driving vacuums and even lawn mowers. One of the more prominent autonomous lawnmowers on the market is the Honda Miimo, and it does everything on its own, even charging and keeping track of when to cut. Normally, this wouldn’t have anything to do with a car like the Honda Civic Type R, but to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Type R brand – thank you 1992 Acura NSX R – Honda has made a special edition of its Miimo lawnmower, and it’s fashioned after the new Civic Type R.

So, what this special-edition Type R mower receives is the signature Championship White pain, miniature fascias for the front and rear that look just like those found on the Civic Type R, and there’s even a large carbon-wrapped spoiler on the back to help keep things under control at those excessively high lawn speeds. In the rear, you can even find the new triple-exit exhaust system in the middle of the fascia. And, one has to admit, it actually looks pretty cool for a lawn mower, and it would certainly complement that new Type R in your driveway, don’t you think?

The standard Miimo offers up several different cutting modes that include directional, spiral, edge, mixed, and random (the coolest one, obviously,) but we’re wondering if this baby gets a +R mode to really increase performance. Just imagine, a Type R mover doing a good 15 mph while cutting your lawn – now that would be cool to see. Of course, let’s keep in mind that it doesn’t help the situation with all of the haters that commonly refer to the Civic Type R as an overgrown lawnmower. Then again, they are just mad that the Civic Type R can hit the 60 mph sprint in 5.7 while their stupid, crowd-hunting EcoBoost Mustang gets there in 6.3 seconds. Oh yeah, and it beats the Mustang in the quarter mile, too. The Type R gets there in 13.5 seconds at 108 mph while the Mustang sharts itself trying to get past 98 mph while hitting a trap speed of 14.5 seconds. And, the Mustang isn’t cool enough to have a lawnmower fashioned after it either. That’s okay, though. Haters gonna hate. What do you all think of the new Type R lawnmower? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Jennings Motor Group Renders 10 Everyday Family Cars As Supercars

Jennings Motor Group Renders 10 Everyday Family Cars As Supercars

Injecting your routine with extra excitement

From wide body kits to free flowing exhaust kits, carbon fiber interior vinyl wraps to oversized rear wings, there’s no shortage of aftermarket options when it comes to making the family errand-runner as close as possible to looking like a full-fledged supercar. But what if we could snap our fingers and turn that commonplace commuter into a seven-figure eater of worlds capable of hanging with the best from Ferrari, Porsche, and Koenigsegg? That’s exactly what Jennings Motor Group did with these 10 everyday family cars, now rendered to supercar stardom.

Included in the list are favorites from the likes of Mini, Renault, Fiat, Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota, Smart, Kia, Tesla, and Lada, each of which was blessed with the traditional supercar stance and more sharp ends than a needle factory. Some make a little more sense than the others, but regardless, we think the renderings look badass, and wouldn’t mind if the respective automakers took the hint that more supercars are indeed always welcome. Of course, we want to know – do these renderings for it for you as well? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments, but before you post, check out all 10 renderings after the jump.

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What Makes A Civic Type R?

What Makes A Civic Type R?

How Honda Turns the Civic into a Monster

The entry of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R into the U.S. market is big news – both for Honda fans and the hot hatch segment. The new Type R will only add fuel to the already large flame burning between the Ford Focus RS, Volkswagen Golf R, and Subaru WRX STI. Needless to say, Honda had to bring its A-game. Turning the 10th-generation Civic into competitive hot hatch wouldn’t be an easy task, but the Type R had to perform as good or better to be taken seriously. Well, thanks to time behind the Type R’s wheel, both on the track and bombing down mountain roads, it’s clear Honda has built a worthy rival for its global counterparts.

It all starts with the bones of Honda’s 10th-generation Civic, which debuted back in 2015. Even the base car was designed with a stronger structure for added rigidity, knowing in two years’ time, the Type R would need the extra strength. The same is true for the Civic hatchback, which is new for 2017. But Honda didn’t stop there. Engineers added even more structural adhesives to bind the bodywork together. A stiffer yet lighter suspension with adaptive dampers, bigger wheels, and stickier tires were added, too. And of course, Honda dumped that 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for something with a bit more power – a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 132 more horsepower and 133 pound-feet more torque. Add to that the aggressive yet functional aerodynamic features and heavily bolstered front bucket seats, and the Type R’s pedigree begins to take shape.

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Everyday Life With the 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Everyday Life With the 2017 Honda Civic Type R

It might be hot, but it’s still a hatchback

Honda’s new Civic Type R is a beast on the track. Its 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque are more than enough to push this 3,100-pound car toward speeds anyone besides a pro driver should feel comfortable with. My time with at The Ridge Motorsports Park proved that much. Yet, despite the Civic Type R’s race-bred underpinnings, it’s still a Civic hatchback. That means it should be easy to live with, easy to drive slowly, and easy to throw cargo into. So, how’d it do?

Wonderfully. The Civic Type R still offers a pleasant driving experience around down. The light clutch and short-throw shifter are just as enjoyable on the street as on the track. And despite their heavy bolstering, Honda’s front bucket seats are comfortable to get into and easy to get out of. They remain supportive over a long drive, too. The rear seats aren’t touched in the Type R transformation, so they remain spacious for the Civic’s class, yet do lack a center armrest and air vents.

But the value really arrives when it’s time to haul stuff. The Civic boasts a class-leading 25.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second- row seat. Fold the 60/40-bench flat, and the Civic Hatch has 46.2 cubic feet of room. The hatchback’s rear opening is wide and tall, allowing for ungainly items like furniture and boxes to easily slide in.

When it comes to storing everyday items like drinks and cell phones, the Civic offers tons of options. The center console is ingeniously designed with a deep container under the armrest. It houses three cup holders – two of which are mounted midway down on a slidable track. The third is way down low, perfect for those Trenta-sized Starbucks drinks. A small storage cubby ahead of the shifter is great for phones and knick-knacks. A cable pass-through lets charging cables run into the lower tier area where Honda locates the USB and 12-volt charge ports. Large door pockets add to the usable (and reachable from behind the wheel) storage space.

On the downside, the Civic Type R rides on 245/30ZR-20 performance wheels and tires. While great on smooth pavement, the 30-series sidewalls offer little cushion from potholes and bumps. This leaves the active dampers with all the work of quelling uneven pavement. Road noise is prevalent, too, imitating mostly from the rear of the interior. Long drives on older pavement might spur on a headache from those sensitive to booming noises. I don’t remember noise being an issue in the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback EX-L Navi I previously tested, so it’s likely a trade-off for the added lightness and stickier rubber needed to make the Type R perform. In truth, these negligible complaints won’t turn away those eager customers. The Type R isn’t trying to pass as a Cadillac, after all.

Thankfully, the firm ride is about the only trade-off for upgrading to the Type R over the standard Civic Hatchback – at least in terms of everyday livability. The big wing and aggressive aero bits might make it a target for speeding tickets. Just ask one of the journalists at this press event…

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Flogging The 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Flogging The 2017 Honda Civic Type R

Finding the limits at The Ridge Motorsports Park

It doesn’t get hotter than the 2017 Honda Civic Type R – at least this month. That comes as no surprise since the Type R is just now making its debut in the U.S. after decades of devouring foreign roads in markets worldwide. This performance variant is based on the 10th-generation Civic, a compact car with a pedigree that needs no explanation. Honda wanted me to give the new Type R a swing, so they flew me to Seattle, Washington for some seat time in those heavily bolstered front buckets on winding mountain roads and through all 16 corners of The Ridge Motorsports Park just north of Olympia.

The Civic Type R arrives amidst a raging fight in the hot hatch segment. The Ford Focus RS and its ridiculous powertrain and Drift Mode square up against the dethroned champion, the Volkswagen Golf R and the rally-bred Subaru WRX STI. What these competitors all have in common are four cylinders being force-fed via turbochargers, six-speed manual transmissions, and AWD. Tit for tat, these compact brawlers are mostly equal – save for the Focus RS’ extra horsepower and the Civic Type R’s lack of AWD. Wait, what? Yep, Honda ditched the idea of a heavy, complex, and parasitic AWD system in favor of a lighter curb weight, a limited slip differential, and its dual-axis front MacPherson struts. The result is a 3,100-pound car that hangs with its toughest competitor despite its 44-horsepower, 55-pound-foot disadvantage.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R – Driven

2017 Honda Civic Type R – Driven

Honda’s dual-purpose hot hatch

Performance vehicles are pushing the envelope beyond the imagination these days. Insane horsepower numbers and bleeding-edge technology contribute to ridiculous lap times and sub-four-second sprints to 60 mph. But more often than not, these all-out performance machines – think Chevrolet Corvette, Jaguar F-Type, and Porsche Cayman – are too compromised for daily living and cost a significant chunk of change. But imagine combining the impressive performance of a two-seater coupe with the functionality of a five-door hatchback and a reasonable price. That’s exactly what that hot hatch segment does. And now for the 2017 model year, Honda has launched its all-new Civic Type R. What’s more, Honda is bringing it to America for the first time.

Based on the new 10th-generation Honda Civic, the new Type R adds power, a sophisticated suspension system, and functional aero to the family-friendly Civic hatchback. It’s like having cake and eating it, too. Now, the Civic Type R has some stiff competition. The 350-horsepower Ford Focus RS is the reigning performance king and the Volkswagen Golf R is the grown-up’s idea of a performance-minded hatchback. And if having a hatchback isn’t a priority but hitting the rally circuit is, there’s always the Subaru WRX STI. The Civic Type R sort of carves its own niche in the segment with an outlandish design, heavily bolstered front buckets, and the lowest starting price of the bunch, but mixes it with only 306 horsepower and the lack of all-wheel drive. To find out how the Civic Type R recipe tastes, Honda flew me to Washington State for time on a private racetrack and scenic drives near the Olympic National Forest. Here’s what I found.

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Honda Has Some Pricey Accessories For The Civic Type R In Japan

Honda Has Some Pricey Accessories For The Civic Type R In Japan

Easy to admit, though, they look pretty good

Every new car owner is faced with the tempting realization that new cars come with their own perks, including personalizing the car and adding whatever accessories are available. That temptation is even more understandable when the new car is the Honda Civic Type R. That’s probably why everybody is freaking out about these new accessories Honda just released for the Type R. The only caveats are that they’re only available in Japan, and more importantly, they cost more than you expect them to.

To put it in perspective, accessory prices in Japan make the prices at Hamilton Honda seem like bargains by comparison. It’s that incredible. Take for example the three-piece, red accent trim that sits just above the front grille and the headlights. That piece costs $293 based on current conversation rates. That’s actually a decent price if you think about it. But would you pay $1,564 for a carbon rear wing with a crimson polyester weave? How about Crystal Black Pearl or Red mirror covers for $137 a piece? While we’re at it, Type-R-branded floor mats have been priced at $577, close to double the price of what Hamilton Honda is asking for the same item. The prices are incredible, but the circumstances of the Japanese market do dictate that they’re priced as such. It’s a good thing that they do a fantastic job of dressing up the Civic Type R because, with the accessories in place, the hot hatch looks dramatically more potent and menacing.

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This Honda Dealership Devises Crafty Way To Jack Up The Price Of The Honda Civic Type R

This Honda Dealership Devises Crafty Way To Jack Up The Price Of The Honda Civic Type R

Sneaky, sneaky moves, huh?

It’s already been established that the Honda Civic Type-R is a popular car. Demand for it is high and supplies are limited. That’s the sad reality here in the U.S. and it’s given dealerships the excuse, right or wrong, of jacking up the price of the hot hatch for the always convenient excuse of “business reasons.” One New Jersey dealership, though, seems to have taken the ingenuity to a whole new level by slapping expensive and required add-ons to the hot hatch’s price tag.

It is worth noting this New Jersey-based Hamilton Honda isn’t asking any premiums on the hot hatch itself. The Civic Type R carries an MSRP price of $34,755, which is laudable by itself. Unfortunately, it doesn’t paint the whole picture because the dealership is charging ridiculous prices for its “equipment and dealer add-ons,” including a $630 interior illumination option that only costs $125 on Honda’s official configurator for the Civic Type R. There are many more examples of these overpriced options, but the biggest eyebrow-raiser came when the same Redditor who uncovered the price list of the Civic Type R was rebuffed when he asked if he could buy the hot hatch without any of the options. And so, if you’re looking to buy the Honda Civic Type sitting inside the Hamilton Honda dealership, you’ll need to fork over $47,463 for it, even if you have little to no use for some of the other options and accessories. Do the math and that’s well over $13,000 above Honda’s MSRP.

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Honda Civic Type R Gets The One Republic Treatment

Honda Civic Type R Gets The One Republic Treatment

One-off creation will take part in the 2017 Honda Civic Tour across the U.S.

Yes, you’re reading that right. The Honda Civic Type R, the purveyor of hot hatch madness, just received a styling overhaul courtesy of One Republic, the American band that’s responsible for hit songs like "Apologize," "Counting Stars," and "Secret." It seems like an ideal match from a popularity standpoint, and to the surprise of many, the finished product actually looks pretty good, save for a few complaints. Can’t have everything, can you, One Republic?

The one-off Civic Type R is actually part of Honda’s 2017 Honda Civic Tour where fans of the model will get a chance to see what’s new and cracking in the world of the Civic. One Republic has been tapped to headline this tour and that explains why Honda asked the band to design their own stylistic interpretation of the hot hatch. This is the result and, well, I actually like it. It’s not obnoxious in any way and the use of the matte black and red accents was done in a way that they don’t take away from the things that make the Civic Type R the desirable piece of machinery that it is. Whether you agree with me or not, we will get to see more of the One Republic-designed Honda Civic Type R in the coming months as it embarks on a cross-country tour in the U.S. alongside a custom Honda Rebel motorcycle that was also designed by the band.

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Honda Shows up to Goodwood with a Unique interpretation of the Civic Type R

Honda Shows up to Goodwood with a Unique interpretation of the Civic Type R

Far from stock, it has the power output of 12 human hearts and all-organic framework

We all know that human and machine are becoming one. People can’t put down their smartphones for two seconds, Grandpa is walking around with a pacemaker to keep his heart going, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re able to replace our limbs with full-fledged robotic counterparts. Elon Musk is even doubling down on his notion of connecting the human brain directly to computers with his newest company, Neuralink. It’s only a matter of time before we can transfer human consciousness and become a race of sentient cyborg beings hellbent on spreading our archaic ideals across the galaxy and conquering the universe. Okay, so, that’s a bit too much, but there’s no denying that the gap between human and machine is getting increasingly smaller, and Honda has taken this idea into its own hands by creating a Honda Civic Type R and the Fireblade bike out of humans. That’s right; Humans.

It’s all a big show to celebrate the kicking off of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and you have to admit, it’s one of the most creative ways to do so. All told, 12 performance artists manage to intertwine themselves enough to generate the basic silhouette of the Civic Type R and the Fireblade bike. The whole thing has been orchestrated by the Honda Challenge Lab, a self-proclaimed “playground of extraordinary ideas inspiring curiosity and learning.” Needless to say, if you happen to be checking out the festival this year, the Honda booth is one place you certainly want to visit – it’s not very often you see a group of people shaping themselves into vehicles.

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Pops' Rants: Civic Type R Drama and Why the New GranTurismo Sucks

Pops’ Rants: Civic Type R Drama and Why the New GranTurismo Sucks

Goodwood is still good wood though

The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed is well underway, and I couldn’t be happier. Long live internet video streaming, old track, short but exciting race tracks, and the good people taking care of the Goodwood House. I’m a happy chap, but hey, there’s still room for rants. And boy there’s plenty to talk about this week. You might find it hard to believe, but there’s something about Goodwood that has been bothering me for years. It’s the hill climb record, which stands since 1999 when Nick Heidfeld completed the course in 41.6 seconds in a McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car. Really, now; isn’t there anyone capable enough to put together a car that’s faster than that?

Yes, I know, it’s a Formula One car and these things are really fast and aerodynamic, but the MP4/13 dates back to 1999. That’s 18 years. Eighteen!!! You know what changed in 18 years on the Nurburgring? The lap record was improved by more than a minute. That’s about 15 percent, which makes sense given how fast cars and technology are evolving nowadays. Yet, no one is able to put Heidfeld’s record to rest. Not even the Peugeot 208 T16, which set a seemingly unbeatable record at Pikes Peak, was able to do that back in 2014 when it completed the course three seconds slower.

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The Law Of Supply And Demand Is In Full Effect With The Honda Civic Type R

The Law Of Supply And Demand Is In Full Effect With The Honda Civic Type R

Some U.S. dealerships are asking $30,000 over MSRP!

In today’s news that should surprise absolutely no one, Honda dealerships across the U.S. are marking up the prices of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, making it a little more difficult for customers to get their hands on one. As if the hot hatch’s limited availability isn’t a thorn on their side already, customers now face the prospect of being forced to pay more than Honda’s $33,900 asking price for the Civic Type R. Prices vary depending on the dealership, but members of the Civic X forum are reporting some charging premiums around $30,000.

Naturally, enthusiasts are up in arms over getting priced out of the car they’ve waited years to arrive in the U.S. But with the car limited to just 6,000 units coming stateside, one of the most fundamental principles of economics is being applied here, much to the chagrin of enthusiasts across the country. It’s a simple equation, really. Supplies of the car are limited and demand for these cars are going through the roof, so these dealerships are asking more for it to take advantage of the high demand. It’s a practice that has ruffled more than a few feathers, but it’s hard to disagree on the tactic from a business point of view. The news isn’t all bad. Some dealerships are only asking premiums of $1,500 to $5,000 so those prices are still manageable enough for customers who can afford them. But as far as those asking in excess of $10,000 or more, it’s going to be interesting to see how that inventory goes in the coming months. One thing appears to be clear, though. Several members on the Civic X forum admit to asking for their deposits back, so at the very least, there are a few more Civic Type Rs out there that are up for grabs, provided someone’s willing to pay the rediculous premium.

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Honda Is Preparing An Invasion Of Civic Type R Variants

Honda Is Preparing An Invasion Of Civic Type R Variants

More versions of the super hot hatch are reportedly coming

It’s exciting times for the hot hatch segment these days. The Ford Focus RS has grabbed headlines, as has the Volkswagen Golf Clubsport S, the Mini Cooper JCW, and the triumvirate of French hot hatches that have made a good living trying to one-up each other. Then there’s the Honda Civic Type R, which has grabbed headlines since Honda announced it was coming to North America for the very first time. And like the gift that keeps on giving; it appears the U.S. is getting more than just one flavor of the Civic Type R as more versions are reportedly in the pipeline.

Before everybody starts throwing fits of excitement, let’s hear it first from the man who actually said it. No less than Hideki Matsumoto, the chief engineer for the entire model range of the Honda Civic, told Automotive News that there is a plan by Honda to “gradually put more variants” of the Civic Type R out into the market as part of a goal to “maintain a more stable sales volume” for the model. Nothing has been confirmed as of the moment, but to hear it come from Matsumoto himself is as good a source as it gets. As for what variants are likely to emerge, the two most likely offsprings would fall on opposite ends of the current 306-horsepower Civic Type R, including a toned-down version and an even more hardcore variant than the current model. More versions are expected to arrive to, which now begs the question, what limits can we expect to put on the Honda Civic Type R?

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Motor1 UK Pits 2018 Civic Type R Against 2017 Ford Focus RS: Video

Motor1 UK Pits 2018 Civic Type R Against 2017 Ford Focus RS: Video

… and the comparisons begin!

If you’re anything like us, then you’ve been chomping at the bit waiting for this test – the two kings of the hot hatch segment, once relegated to overseas markets and grainy YouTube videos, are finally, mercifully heading to stateside dealers. Naturally, buyers looking to get behind the wheel of one of these machines will wanna know how it stacks up against the other, and luckily, the comparisons are starting to roll in. One of the first of these comes from our U.K. friends over at Motor1, who got the two hatchbacks together for an on-road shakedown test. Which five-door superstar will come out on top?

Over the course of the 14-minute video, hosts Jon Quirk and Alex Goy take the two hatchbacks for a spin on winding public blacktop, blasting through two-lane backroads as they dissect the various pros and cons of each. Performance specs and what it feels like to pilot each of the cars is of course a major topic of discussion, but so is the daily driveability, infotainment, interior quality, comfort, and even styling, with all those real world attributes weighed evenly against the all-important track-oriented stuff. In the end, only one car walks away the winner.

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First Production U.S.-bound Honda Civic Type R Fetches $200,000 In Auction

First Production U.S.-bound Honda Civic Type R Fetches $200,000 In Auction

Full proceeds from the auction will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

The first U.S.-spec Honda Civic Type R finally has an owner – and is someone who paid a small fortune to have VIN 001. The hot hatch was auctioned off online at Bring a Trailer, and after eight days of bidding – 22 bids came in for the car – the winning bid turned out to be a cool $200,000, making the Civic Type R the most expensive Honda Civic ever sold at an auction.

The winning price is head and shoulders above the car’s actual price of just $33,900, but there is that distinction that comes with owning the first U.S.-bound Honda Civic Type R in history. Whether that’s worth a cool $200,000 is a question that only the winning bidder can answer. The good news is that the full proceeds from the auction isn’t going anywhere but to a worthy cause. In this case, the beneficiary is the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, an organization the Japanese automaker has supported for 26 years. Jeff Conrad, Senior VP American Honda Motor Co. said, "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.” Does seem like the price could’ve gone a little higher now, doesn’t it?

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Pops' Rants: Silly Excuses and Subaru BRZ Baloney Edition

Pops’ Rants: Silly Excuses and Subaru BRZ Baloney Edition

Yosemite Sam hates rabbits for no reason

Boy, do I hate summer. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: sun, beaches, bikinis, smoothies, convertibles, vacation, and all that jazz, but I still hate it. I hate the heat (I know, I should move to Alaska or something) and it’s a boring season as far as cars go, unless you like racing. But, you know what I hate more than a hot, sweaty season? Excuses and bologna. The kind that Subaru and Honda have been trying to feed me recently.

And you know what, I haven’t eaten bologna in a very long time.

But I digress.

Remember how I complained about the Honda Civic Si having gained a turbo engine for nothing a couple of months ago? Well, the Japanese just said that the new Si is as powerful as the old Si because they wanted to give customers a more reliable engine. That’s their second excuse for the Si’s meh performance, the first being that a detuned Type R engine would have made it too expensive for the average Joe. Oh my, so much drama. Someone please bring a couch and give Oprah a phone call!

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First American Honda Civic Type R Auctioned For Charity

First American Honda Civic Type R Auctioned For Charity

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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2017 Honda Civic Type R

2017 Honda Civic Type R

Honda finally brings its hot hatch Stateside!

The interwebz have been bustling over Honda’s all-new 2017 Civic Type R, and for good reason. Not only is the hot hatch better than the previous version, it marks the first time a Honda Type R product will be sold in the United States. The Civic Type R takes advantage of the new, tenth-generation Civic’s chassis, while adding an improved suspension system over the outgoing Type R. Drive modes change the hatchback’s attitude via variable-rate steering, throttle response, and dampers. The familiar 2.0-liter VTEC turbo-four returns almost unchanged, but comes mated to a new six-speed manual gearbox with new rev-matching system. And like before, the Type R sends power to its front wheels only.

The go-fast goodies are matched with an aggressive styling. A huge wing, chin splitter, and air scoops all play into the sporty design. Production kicks off in the summer of 2017 with deliveries starting in the fall. Like all tenth-generation Civics, the Type R hails from Honda’s U.K. manufacturing plant in Swindon, England. Pricing starts in the mid-$30,000 range.

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Reliability: That's Why the Civic Si Only has 205 Horsepower

Reliability: That’s Why the Civic Si Only has 205 Horsepower

And that 2.0-liter from the Type R would have allegedly made the Si too expensive

When details about the new Civic Si emerged, a lot of people were dumbfounded by the fact that an all-new model would indeed deliver the same horsepower as the outgoing model. Let’s be honest, it leaves a huge gap between the Si and the Type R, even with an increase in torque thanks to that 1.5-liter mill that’s taking over the Civic lineup. It’s easy to scream for more power, but Honda has finally come out about why the Civic Si only delivers 205 horsepower, and it makes sense – to an extent. In an interview with Automotive News, the Senior Product Planner for the Civic, Rob Keough, claims that it was done for reliability reasons.

“You can tune more power into it, but all of that takes away from the durability of the engine. Honda likes to build their engines to last hundreds of thousands of miles, so they’re working on that target,” Said Keough. And, that part makes sense, but what seems to be ruffling feathers is the claim that an Si with a tuned-down 2.0-liter from the Type R would have brought about a base starting price of “closer to $30,000.” Of course, there’s always a possibility than another model will come into play that will offer a good balance between the Si and the Type R, but whether it’ll use that same 1.5-liter or a detuned version of the 2.0-liter Type R engine if it does happen, is still a big mystery. The important thing is that Honda hasn’t ruled it out, so perhaps a $30,000 Si will grace Honda’s showroom floor in the near future.

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Honda Civic Type R Will Be Priced At $34k

Honda Civic Type R Will Be Priced At $34k

It’s a bit lower than we expected

The Civic Type R could be 2018’s most anticipated vehicle with Honda fanboys everywhere finally getting an answer to their prayers. For years, Honda has literally been begged to bring the Type R to the U.S., and it’s finally happening for the 2018 model year. So far, Honda has kept a pretty tight seal on details it didn’t want us to know. So far, we know it will deliver 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from the familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in the last-generation model. That’s the same power output as before, but this Type R is much lighter, and therefore, will be quickly and easier to handle. Last we heard, the Type R would be priced in the mid-$30,000 range, and that was the best we had to go by. But, someone at a receiving yard managed to smuggle out a few pictures of the new Type R, and it’s window sticker, and they made their way to our friends over at Civicx forums.

As it turns out, the new Type R in Touring trim will be priced at $33,900 before options, taxes, and delivery. Considering most were expecting it to run around $37,000, that’s not a bad starting point for the well-optioned Touring trim. Features of this specific model include a premium audio system with 12 speakers and a subwoofer; the seven-inch infotainment display; Bluetooth and USB connectivity; SiriusXM for three months; a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty; 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires; and even suede effect sport seats.

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2018 Honda Civic Si Sedan

2018 Honda Civic Si Sedan

The Type R hatchback may be coming to the U.S., but the Si remains the quickest sedan you can buy

The tenth-generation Honda Civic was launched in 2016, only five years after the previous generation was introduced. Alongside the standard model, Honda also redesigned the iconic Si version, until now the range-topping trim for the U.S. market. But while the hatchback has been relegated due to Honda having finally brought the Type R to North America, the Si sedan continues to sit at the top of the Civic range and act as Honda’s sole competitor for the likes of the Subaru WRX.

Much like its predecessor, the new Civic Si sedan is a slightly beefed-up version of the standard four-door. There are sportier features on the outside, a few exclusive items and extra standard equipment on the inside, and a more powerful engine under the hood. The latter is brand-new and not a massive improvement over the outgoing unit, but it now motivates a lighter, more rigid car. Find out how it stacks against the competition in my review below.

Updated 05/12/2017: Honda announced prices for the 2018 Civic Si sedan which will be put on sale at dealers nationwide on May 13, 2017.

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This Nincompoop Is Trying to Sell a 2018 Honda Civic Type R for Porsche Money

This Nincompoop Is Trying to Sell a 2018 Honda Civic Type R for Porsche Money

Too much Internet for today...

Remember the smartass who started a campaign to raise money from Internet users so he can buy a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? Well, here’s another idiot that should be banned from the Internet. This one made his way to Craiglist and is trying to sell a 2018 Honda Civic Type R for $85,000, claiming he has already placed a large deposit down at a Honda dealership ahead of the car’s official market launch in June.

Why is this a problem?

For starters, the $85,000 sticker is nearly a 150-percent premium over the estimated starting price of a Civic Type R. For that much cash, you can buy an optioned-up Porsche Cayman or add $6,000 for a base Porsche 911. You can also order a Chevy Corvette Z06 and spend another $5K on options. And I could go on for a while. The second issue is that the seller claims he doesn’t know the color of the car. Seriously now, how can you expect to get that much money for a compact hatchback without being able to provide basic information like that?

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What if I Told You That You Can Get Better-Than-SI-Power in a Civic EX for Dirt Cheap?

What if I Told You That You Can Get Better-Than-SI-Power in a Civic EX for Dirt Cheap?

That’s right, you can make a non-Si civic faster than an Si without spending an excessive amount of money!

Think about this for a minute. It’s Spring 2018, and you’re sitting at a stop light in your brand-new Civic Si. A Civic Touring pulls up next to you and begins flexing his muscle. It’s on!! Right? Well, the light turns green and you partake in a highly illegal but fun competition of endangering others on the road while proving your Si is better. But, you can’t even get into third gear without realizing that the Civic Touring is kicking your ass. How is this possible? You just paid a premium to own the Si, just to have it beaten by a lesser model, so what gives? Well, chances are, homeboy in the Civic Touring probably just left a Hondata dealer after having the new FlashPro tuner installed.

So, what is this FlashPro tune I’m talking about? Well, I’m glad you asked. It’s a special tuner that Hondata says can increase the output of your six-speed, non-Si, 1.5-liter Civic (EX trims and Touring trim) to 225 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 51 horsepower and 92 pound-feet over a stock tune with a few other minor modifications like cold air intake and high-octane fuel. CVT models can get a power increase as well, bringing them up to as much as 214 horsepower and 220 pound-feet (yeah, it’s less, but that’s what you get for choosing a CVT over a real transmission, ya wuss.) Details of how the tune work are pretty scant, but the tune includes a nine-psi increase in boost pressure for manual models and a boost of three to six psi on CVT models. The best part is, the tuner will only set you back by $695 – not bad, right?

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Could we be getting two Honda Civic Type R variants by 2018?

Could we be getting two Honda Civic Type R variants by 2018?

Don’t get too excited yet, at least until Honda confirms or deny it

The arrival of the Honda Civic Type R here in the America is being met with just about as much excitement as you’d expect. We’ve waited years for the hot hatch to hit the US market and now that it’s arrival is so close to taking place, the anticipation is about ready to go into overdrive. If that isn’t enough to get the blood pumping, rumors are now circulating that Honda isn’t just bringing the Civic Type R to the US, it’s actually bringing two trims of the hot hatch for the 2018 model year.

Ok, before people start fainting in excitement, it’s important to remember that the 2017 model year will see the arrival of the Touring trim of the Civic Type R. It already has a starting price of $35,000 and it will go on sale this spring. That’s signed, sealed, and delivered. The new development comes by way of the Twitter account of HondaPro Jason, who has been known to successfully squeeze out dealership information from time to time. According to Jason, a base trim of the Civic Type R is all set to arrive for the 2018 model year to complement the Touring trim that’s hitting the market a year earlier. That could mean all sorts of possibilities for the hot hatch’s market engagement, not the least of which is the possibility of the base trim Civic Type R fetching a cheaper price tag than its Touring counterpart.

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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback – Driven

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback – Driven

It skips the races and arrives at practicality

The Honda Civic has long been a go-to car for practicality and honest transportation. Sure, there have been several hyped models with plenty of horsepower and fun, but the vast majority of Civics are built to handle the daily grind. Say what you will, but there’s merit in that endeavor. Well, Honda knew its customers needed something outstandingly practical, but mixed with some flare and excitement – sort of a witch’s brew of pragmatic and provocative. Enter the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback.

The Hatchback joins the Civic lineup for 2017, two years after the tenth generation debuted for 2015. It shares the spotlight with the popular Civic Sedan and fun-loving Civic Coupe. The trio now gives customers a choice in body style, while still delivering that Civic personality. All three ride on the same platform and share powertrain options.

Since the Civic Hatchback is new, Honda sent an example to test for a week for evaluations. Our tester was the EX-L Navi trim and came equipped with Honda Sensing. Otherwise, the car had no options, giving a full taste of the Civic Hatch’s second-most expensive trim. Even still, the as-tested price only rang up $27,175. That’s not bad for a vehicle with crossover-like interior room, leather seats, tons of in-dash tech, all the latest active safety features, and a turbocharged engine that averages 42 mpg on the highway. Color us impressed.

So how did the 2017 Civic Hatchback do? Keep reading to find out.

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Honda Civic Type R Puts On White Suit, Comes to America

Honda Civic Type R Puts On White Suit, Comes to America

The hot-hatch is finally here!

The new Honda Civic Type R made its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and aside from the usual aggressive looks and high-performance drivetrain, it came with great news for U.S. enthusiasts: it’s finally coming to North America! Come April 2017, and the Japanese hot-hatch made its U.S. debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

The North American showcase doesn’t bring anything new spec-wise, but the car displayed at the Javits Center sports the company’s iconic Championship White color. A trademark hue for high-performance Hondas, Championship White, has been used in the past on the first-generation Civic Type R, NSX Type R, and even the Acura Integra Type R. And, needless to say, the new high-performance hatchback looks gorgeous in it.

As a brief reminder, the Type R uses a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The four-banger mates to a six-speed manual with automatic rev-matching. Race-inspired goodies include adjustable suspension with a Dual-Axis front setup, aluminum lower arms, an adaptive steering system, Brembo brakes, and Continental performance tires.

Standard features will also include a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, navigation, sports seats, a leather steering wheel, and a 540-watt premium audio system. Pricing information is not yet available, but the Type R will likely cost around $35,000 before options. For reference, the base Civic model starts from $19,700, while the range-topping Sport Touring trim retails from $28,000. The Civic Si is expected to retail in the mid-$20,000 range.

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2018 Honda Civic Si Coupe

2018 Honda Civic Si Coupe

The Civic Si is ready to help you get groceries in a hurry

The Honda Civic has been around for the last 45 years, and boy has it been a rollercoaster ride. Some of the more recent generations are considered flops, while others are regarded as much more. For 2016, Honda introduced the tenth-generation Civic, a model designed around Honda’s new compact global platform, featuring a fastback design and some serious improvement to the interior over previous models. Best of all, the Civic Type R hatchback is finally coming to the U.S., but so is a new Si. The new Si comes with a turbocharged engine for the first time ever, displacing 1.5-liter and delivering 205 horsepower. It’s a few ponies short of what everyone hoped for, but not all is lost. It also gets its own styling cues to set it apart, not only from the standard Civic but, from the Type R as well, making it a well-rounded model even if it doesn’t balance well between the standard Civic and Range-topping Type R.

Long story short, the new Si is the torquiest Si ever made. It weighs a bit less and includes more upscale features like active shock absorbers. There’s even a limited-slip differential turning the front wheels. Unfortunately, Honda isn’t offering it with all-wheel drive, but it does get a short-throw, six-speed manual transmission to help even things out a bit. Some exclusive features inside will keep it fresh in your mind that you sprung for something better than the Civic EX-L or the Civic Touring. But, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves – the Civic Si is finally here in production form, so let’s take a closer look at it.

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Pops' Rants: Cadillac Sucks, Ferrari Is a Hypocrite, Civic Si Gets Turbo for Nothing

Pops’ Rants: Cadillac Sucks, Ferrari Is a Hypocrite, Civic Si Gets Turbo for Nothing

Darn it, the Chevy SS is no more!

Have you noticed how today’s automotive strategy is built around gibberish? I swear cars are more about PR talk than anything else. Take Cadillac, for instance, which spent recent years blabbing about how it will get back on the horse in the luxury market with new vehicles with better everything. Well, it’s 2017 and Cadillac still sucks. It sucks so bad that the XT5 crossover outsells the company’s entire sedan lineup. In march, it sold 5,280 XT5 crossovers compared to 4,701 ATS, CTS, XTS, and CT6 sedans combined.

Yeah, I know, crossovers are a big deal now. But you know what? The XT5 isn’t much of a Cadillac. It’s just a bigger hatchback Chevrolet thingy with fancier styling and extra features inside. The CT6 is a true Cadillac, but 1,000 units a month ain’t gonna cut the mustard. But hey, 1,000 CT6s sold in the U.S. in one month is definitely better than sales of 761 examples in Europe in 2016. Even Lamborghini sold more cars on the old continent. A better chance of running into a Lambo then a Cadillac in Europe, now that’s how you know you have a problem buddy!

Another thing that grinds my gears these days is the hypocrisy surrounding Ferrari. Just a few days ago Sergio Marchionne said an all-electric Ferrari may become reality in the future, with the brand looking to join the Formula E series. This comes from the same man that labeled the Ferrari EV as an "obscene concept" a while back. He also said "you’d have to shoot me first" before such a supercar would be developed. Well, he just pointed a shotgun at himself. It goes to show that you can no longer trust company executives these days. And what’s the deal with banning the pink color from the lineup? It’s not fitting for your "whole ethos" you say? What does that even mean? Are you talking about the same ethos that sold Ferraris to Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton? In that case, pink would definitely hurt the ethos. And a few butts...

Speaking of which, what’s the deal with the new Civic Si? Is this thing supposed to fill the gap between the regular model and the Type R? Sounds like a fine idea, but this isn’t something you can do with 205 horsepower. Especially when the Type R has 306 horses. The really annoying thing is that the new engine is only as powerful as the one in the previous Si. And we’re talking about a turbocharger here. Yeah, so the new Civic is lighter and performance is better, but come on Honda, give people that can’t afford the Type R something to work with. It’s like the executives voted to frustrate Civic Si owners with just a mild improvement on a car that’s significantly better chassis- and tech-wise. For the first Si to use turbocharging, this car is a big disappointment. I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with this strategy of keeping things tempered. A 250-horsepower Si wouldn’t kill the Type R, but it would make customers happier and render the Golf GTi and Fiesta ST useless.

If I wouldn’t be so lazy in the morning I’d definitely accept heading Honda’s market strategy department.

You know what else seems cool but we won’t get to enjoy it to its full potential? Lynk & Co.’s new concept sedan. Lynk & Co. is a Chinese brand own by Geely, the same firm that acquired Volvo a few years ago, and it’s about to unveil this crazy four-door. When it comes to Chinese products I’d rather stick to Zhajiangmian (Google it!), but this concept sedan is one I’d very much like to drive. Just look at it! It’s got so much muscle, suicide doors all around, and a sporty silhouette. And it’s all built around Volvo’s latest architecture. But you know what? I won’t get to drive this thing and neither will you. Because concept cars either remain concepts or go into production looking like crap. And like Trump likes to say, you can’t trust the Chinese anyway!

Finally, the healthy discounts that Chevy is offering for the SS nowadays remind me that the sedan has been discontinued and there won’t be a successor since the Holden Commodore it is based on is dead. Well screw you Chevrolet! You finally had THE performance sedan and you just screwed things up. "But, but Holden is no longer building cars in Australia," you might say. Shut up, that’s a lame excuse! There’s plenty of ways to develop one here in the States, but no, GM would rather do a Corvette SUV instead. And don’t get me started on the new front-wheel drive Commodore... It’s a good thing Dodge keeps milking the Challenger and Charger to deliver no-nonsense muscle cars.

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Is the New Civic Si a Tuner's Dream or a Disappointing Miscarriage?

Is the New Civic Si a Tuner’s Dream or a Disappointing Miscarriage?

There could be lots of potential here....

Honda has finally revealed details about the new Civic Si, just a week after its torque output was leaked via e-mail and I criticized Honda for making it a glorified grocery getter. Well, as it turns out the leaked information was accurate, as the new Si – in coupe and sedan form – delivers 205 horsepower and 192 pound-feet of torque. That makes it the most powerful and the torquiest Si in Civic history, but doesn’t do much to fill the gap between the non-Si Civic in range-topping form and the wicked Type R. To put things into perspective, the ninth-generation Civic Si delivered 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet from a naturally aspirated, 2.4-liter, four-banger.

That accounts for an increase of four horsepower and 22 pound-feet from a much smaller engine, but there’s more to it than that. Honda hasn’t gone into specifics as to its official curb weight as of yet but has said that it’s “significantly lighter” than its predecessor. This is also the first Civic Si to come from the factory with a turbocharger in tow, which means that maximum horsepower and torque is available much lower in the powerband. It’s also sporting an adaptive power steering system, short-throw six-speed tranny, sport-tuned suspension with active dampers, a limited-slip differential and 18-inch wheels as standard equipment.

Jeff Conrad, the Senior VP of American Honda’s automobile division, said, "The 2017 Honda Civic Si is our first turbocharged Si and sets a new sporty compact benchmark in terms of agility and precise handling while building toward the launch of the Type R as the final chapter in our epic 10th-generation Civic story."

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Help Us Find The Best Top-Shelf Rust Buckets On The Internet!

Help Us Find The Best Top-Shelf Rust Buckets On The Internet!

Going pinky finger out as we explore the underbelly of the used car market

It should come as no surprise that we here at TopSpeed are more than a little familiar with the over-the-top, superlative-laden language of high-end automotive press releases. Automakers like Bentley, Bugatti, and Rolls-Royce are the worst offenders of this, heaping on the self-praise with phrases like “exquisite,” “hand-crafted,” and “the ultimate.” Which got us thinking – why should six-figure luxury mobiles for the uber-rich be the only rides worthy of such flowery language? What about normal cars, or better yet, really crappy cars? You know, the kind you’d find on the umpteenth page of craigslist? And thus, Top-Shelf Rust Buckets was born.

Here’s our proposal, dear reader – you go out and find the best (worst?) rust bucket you can, then bring it here and post it in the comments section with a link. If we like it, we’ll spin it as a celebration of all things motoring, a four-wheeled tribute to the glory of the automobile.

Confused? Read on for a few choice examples of what we’re on about.

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The New Civic Si is Going to be a Glorified Grocery Getter

The New Civic Si is Going to be a Glorified Grocery Getter

Torque figures don’t look too promising

The hot hatch market is a busy one, and just about every Honda fan has begged Honda to bring the Type R to the U.S. for years. It’s finally going to happen for the 2018 model year, but we’re also getting the Civic Si, which was the performance go-to for Honda guys in the absence of an official Type R. It was the most powerful Civic off the production line here for the longest time. Well, with the Type R finally coming to the U.S., Honda doesn’t have a whole lot of motivation to make the Civic Si a showstopper in the power department, and, compared to the 2018 Type R, the Civic Si could be nothing more than a pretty looking (if you like the look) grocery getter. An e-mail sent out by Honda that leaked the Civic Si’s torque output doesn’t help matters, either.

According to the e-mail, which was sent to those who signed up for Honda’s mailing list, the Civic Si will deliver 192 pound-feet of torque – a figure Honda claims will make “everyday errands more exciting than ever.” To put that into perspective, the range-topping non-Si model (the Civic Touring) that uses the same engine offers up 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet, while the Type R will offer 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet from a 2.0-liter. That means there’s a small gap between the Civic Touring and a massive gap between the Si and the Type R. Not cool.

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Buyer's Guide: Mazda 3 vs Honda Civic Hatchback

Buyer’s Guide: Mazda 3 vs Honda Civic Hatchback

Both hatchbacks are worth of praise.

SUVs have the world by storm, getting a second wind after the high-priced fuel crisis of years past, and ultimately forcing automakers to rethink their whole strategy. But, SUVS aren’t the only popular models on the market, as hatchbacks are still a big-ticket item as well. There are so many to choose from – models like the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, and even the Mini Cooper have found their way into the hearts of many, but there are two other players in this game that are worth your consideration, and those are the Honda Civic Hatchback and the Mazda3. Both offer aggressive styling, decent power output, and the ability to haul a decent amount of cargo or a few friends with ease.

The Honda Civic has been around for a long time, being introduced back in 1972. It was originally offered in a number of configurations, including three- and five-door hatchback form. The Civic itself has survived well over the years with the tenth-gen model being introduced for 2016. The Mazda3, on the other hand, is relatively a baby in comparison, being introduced just back in 2003. It saw its third generational shift for the 2014 model year and went through a minor revision for the 2017 model year. With Mazda’s latest design language and range of SkyActiv engines, the Mazda 3 is always ready to do battle with the other great hatchbacks in the world, but today we’re going to compare it directly to the Civic Hatchback and help you decide which one you should buy when it comes time to pull the trigger on your next big purchase.

With that said, let’s dive on in and take a good look at each one. Both come to the party with a lot to offer, so we’ve got our work cut out for us. Join me down the page, and we’ll get started.

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Honda Releases Industrial Strength Civic Type R Teaser: Video

Honda Releases Industrial Strength Civic Type R Teaser: Video

Smoke, lasers, and a techno-epic soundtrack set the stage for the CTR’s arrival

Hey! You there! Auto enthusiast! Are you excited for the impending invasion of the first Type R’d Honda to ever get shipped stateside? Do you dream of wings and red badges and 20-inch wheels and triple exhaust pipes? Do you spend your days fantasizing about 300 turbocharged ponies rampaging at the dip of your right foot? Well, you’re in luck, because all that goodness will soon become a reality with the arrival of the new Civic Type R. Word has it the first units will arrive sometime this spring, so to tide you over, Honda is offering up this 1-minute teaser video.

The vid is set in an industrial park and showcases the FWD maniac amid a host of hype-building effects – reverse smoke billows, red lasers... that sort of thing. It’s a fun little clip that does a good job in highlighting the CTR’s extreme exterior styling, as well as some of the goodies equipped in the cabin. But make sure to stick around for the end, where we get about eight seconds of burbling, popping exhaust noise as the CTR speeds away at full throttle, cracking through the manual six-speed shifter in the process.

Unfortunately, the whole thing isn’t much more than a shameless teaser to stoke the flames of desire amongst fans, and no new info can be gleaned from watching it. But hey – if you’re CTR lover, ain’t nothing wrong with that.

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This Is How Much You'll Need To Save To Buy The Honda Civic Type R

This Is How Much You’ll Need To Save To Buy The Honda Civic Type R

A lof of us have waited a long time for the this hot hatch to arrive in the US

The long wait is over. Yes, you read that right. The long wait is finally over. The Honda Civic Type R, arguably one of the most anticipated U.S.-bound performance models in a long time is set to make its arrival this summer. The hot hatch is scheduled to go on sale sometime in June or July 2017 - Honda’s press release did say “late spring” - and will carry a price tag that will be “in the mid-30k range.”

Okay so the timetable and price of the Civic Type R are not yet official, but that’s really an academic point, especially for those who have waited years for the hot hatch to make its way in U.S. soil. See, for those who aren’t familiar with the Type R’s history, the model has actually been around since 1997, spanning five different generations, including the one that was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. In all that time, the four previous-generation Civic Type Rs never made their way to the U.S. Sure, they were sold at one point or another in places like South Africa, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, but the U.S. had always been shut out of the hot hatch despite the fact that the country remains one of Honda’s biggest markets.

None of that matters now though because the 20-year wait is finally coming to an end. The Honda Civic Type R, with its luscious 306-horsepower and 295-pound-feet of torque capabilities will be roaming American streets. It’s worth noting though that the U.S.-spec Civic Type R will carry slightly less power than the international-spec cars, which will have 315 horsepower at its disposal.

The disparity in output probably won’t matter in the long run given how long U.S. customers have waited to get their hands on the car. So while all of us wait for “late spring” to arrive, we can at least look forward to the car making an appearance at the 2017 New York Auto Show where it will be on hand together with the Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid and Honda Clarity Electric models, both of which will be making their global debuts at the event.

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Hot Hatch Shakedown – Honda Civic Type R Vs. Ford Focus RS

Hot Hatch Shakedown – Honda Civic Type R Vs. Ford Focus RS

How can Honda justify the Type R’s asking price against Ford’s Focus RS bombshell?

For older stateside hot hatch fans out there, it’s probably crystal clear that we’re currently in a new golden age of performance, one that was once relegated to the realm of fantasy and bench racing. High-powered, tear-drop-shaped compacts with an odd number of doors, turbocharged power, and sports car-like handling are finally, finally finding their way to the U.S. market, and after decades of waiting and ogling from afar, U.S. buyers will soon have a chance to get behind the wheel of four-wheeled superstars previously considered forbidden fruit solely for Europe and Japan. Two of the biggest contenders in this space are the Honda Civic Type R and the Ford Focus RS, both incredible cars aimed squarely at the enthusiast buyer. But which is better?

You can’t help but put these two compact titans in a side-by-side comparison. Both are roughly the same in terms of cost, both come with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, both get manual transmissions, and both offer five-door practicality. Both also carry a long history of making speed lovers smile, and command a veritable army of zealous followers to champion their claim to hot hatch supremacy.

But there are some serious differences as well. While the Focus is an AWD hammer, boasting four corners of grip and some impressive firepower under the hood, the Civic is a FWD scalpel, packing less weight and a history of apex-hunting prowess.

Which will come out on top – the Blue Oval Drift Mode bomber, or the H Badge slice and dice katana? It’s America versus Japan in a hot hatch shakedown. Read on for our take.

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New Civic Type R Is Honda's Menacing Answer to the Focus RS

New Civic Type R Is Honda’s Menacing Answer to the Focus RS

Honda confirms it will come to the U.S.! Yey!

Following countless concept cars, teasers, and rumors, the new Honda Civic Type R finally made its official debut in production from at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Set to go on sale this summer, the new Type R shares the same features as the new Civic hatchback, but brings enhanced everything to the table compared to the previous Type R model. The really big news about the upcoming hot-hatch is that it will be finally offered in the United States.

Design-wise, while still recognizable as a Civic hatch, the Type R is decidedly more aggressive. Up front it has massive air intakes, a big splitter, a vented hood and the traditional red badges, while the profile is enhanced by means of beefed-up side skirts and fenders. Around back, the Type R is downright menacing thanks to its center-mounted, three-pipe exhaust, race-inspired diffuser with red accents, and the large wing atop the tailgate.

Needless to say, it makes the Ford Focus RS look like a regular grocery getter.

Styling aside, the Type R hides a lot of performance-oriented upgrades. For starters, torsional rigidity has been improved by 38 percent compared to the previous models, while the new suspension geometry reduces torque steer and enhances the sporty handling. The smoother underbody and the lightweight rear wing deliver "best-in-class balance between lift and drag" according to Honda. I have no idea how the Japanese measured lift and drag for competing models in order to make such a statement, but I guess this should be visible at the race track and a Nurburgring lap would be nice to begin with.

Under the hood of the new Type R lurks a revised turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 320 PS and 400 Nm. This converts to 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet here in the U.S. That’s only ten horses more than the previous model, but the lighter architecture and the stiffer chassis should bring significant improvements in the performance department. For instance, it should be the first Civic Type R to need less than five seconds to hit 60 mph and run the quarter-mile in less than 14 clicks. Routing all that power to the wheels is a six-speed manual transmission improved with a rev match control system.

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Compact Hatchback Battle Royal – Finding The Best In A Six-Model Slugfest

Compact Hatchback Battle Royal – Finding The Best In A Six-Model Slugfest

Each has five doors, FWD, sells for around $20K, and is fun to drive – but which will be crowned the winner?

Here’s the scenario – you want a car, but it has to be the right car. It’s gotta be practical and comfortable, but it can’t be a complete snooze-fest behind the wheel either. You don’t want a crossover, and a sedan isn’t gonna cut it. What you want is a hatchback, something with a little zest and personality, but something that won’t break the bank. Thankfully, there are plenty of options out there, but which to choose? To help you decide, we’ve gathered six of the top contenders and put them head-to-head in the following comparison article. Let’s get ready to rumble.

To keep it all apples-to-apples, each of the entries in our comparison comes packaged in a five-door body style, gets standard FWD, and is instilled with at least a hint of sportiness. Each is also tagged with an MSRP around the $20,000 mark. With criteria like that, we decided to include the Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Hatchback, Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda 3 Hatchback, Mini Cooper Hardtop Four-Door, and Volkswagen Golf GTI.

While all six of these hatchbacks are solid choices in their own right, the question remains – which is the best? Read on for our take.

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Honda's Most Highly-Anticipated Model Will Finally Arrive in Production Form In Geneva

Honda’s Most Highly-Anticipated Model Will Finally Arrive in Production Form In Geneva

The Honda Civic Type R is coming!

The 2017 Geneva Motor Show is expected to host a treasure trove of world debuts, be it of the production or concept variety. That much is known as some of the biggest automakers in the world will be in attendance, ready to showcase its new wares to the entire industry. That list of companies includes Honda, which is bringing with it the production version of a car that we’ve been waiting a long time to see. Fasten your seat belts, everyone, because the production-spec Honda Civic Type R is finally coming.

First debuting as a concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show last September, the wait for the production version has been excruciatingly long. Ever the tease, Honda even mate the auto show rounds bringing the concept version with it with little trace of the production model. But all that’s going to change in Geneva as the Japanese automaker is now prepared to pull the covers off of the production-spec Civic Type R, much to the delight of everyone who has been waiting a long time for this moment to arrive.

Granted, details about the road-ready Civic Type R are still under wraps, but previous reports have suggested that the hot hatch will make use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will produce more than 300 horsepower and with all that power sent to the two front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. That number has yet to be confirmed by Honda, but for the sake of the Civic Type R and all the hype it’s been generating, it better breach the 300-horsepower barrier. That’s especially true if it hopes to compete against some of its expected rivals, including the 350-horsepower Ford Focus RS and the 305-horsepower Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S, the current king of Nürburgring lap times among front-wheel-drive cars.

For what it’s worth, though, the data and the figures can wait for the time being since they’ll be revealed in Geneva anyway. What’s important is that the production version of the Honda Civic Type R now has a timetable for its debut. I know what you’re all thinking because I can’t wait for Geneva, either.

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2017 Honda Civic Type R Black Edition

2017 Honda Civic Type R Black Edition

This is how you end production of the incumbent Civic Type R

There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding the new Honda Civic Type R, largely because it’s finally coming to the U.S. But what’s gotten lost in the understandable hype surrounding the new Civic hot hatch is the fact that it isn’t scheduled to hit dealerships at least until the latter half of 2017. For now, the predecessor to the 2017 model is still holding court, or at least just finished doing so since the last of current Civic Type R models has just come off the production line. And like most models that pull at our emotional heart strings, Honda has decided to commemorate the end of the current Civic Type R by launching a special edition version called the Black Edition.

The model is formally known as the Civic Type R Black Edition, but let’s not get into any debates about that. The important thing is that it’s limited to just 100 units and with the how the hot hatch Civic is trending up in the eyes of collectors, it has the potential to be a diamond in the rough and turn into a sought-after car years from now.

For now though, the Civic Type R Black Edition is what it is. It has a number of extra upgrades and features that sets it apart from all other Civic Type Rs that came before it. It also has features the same power and performance credentials, thanks in large part to a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that packs an incredible 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 167 mph. That kind of performance even took the Civic Type R to the top of lap time records for front-wheel drive cars at the Nurburgring before it was usurped by the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S.

It’s safe to say that the Honda Civic Type R is one of the purest performance cars on the road today. Now it’s getting its own special edition model? Evidently, Honda knows how to end the production of the model on a high note.

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Would you Option the New Civic Type R with a CVT Transmission?

Would you Option the New Civic Type R with a CVT Transmission?

The production model will make it to the U.S. later this year!

The Civic Type R was unveiled to the world in prototype form at the 2016 Paris Auto Show and almost immediately the internet went wild with discussion about the upcoming performance hatch. Set to tackle some of the greats like the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS, the Civic Type R has a lot to live up to if it’s going to dominate the hot hatch market like it’s intended to. Based on the looks of the prototype we know it it’s got the aggressive looks, but things like engine designation, power output, and official performance figures are a mystery. Back in November CARmagazine published a story in their printed magazine that exposed some new information about the new Civic Type R, with the most significant being that it will be offered with the option of having a CVT transmission!

I’m sure there were a few guys out there that wanted nothing more than to gouge out their eyes when the first read the news, but it’s not all bad. In the article, the head engineer of the Type R, Mirsuru Kariya; the lead designer, Tsutamori; and the head of Honda Europe, Katsushi Inoue, exposed the world to a few interesting facts about the upcoming Type R. The six-speed manual transmission will still be the standard unit, so you’ll still be able to row your own if you want, but for those who are ready to give up that third pedal, the CVT will be a viable option. It was also said that the Type R will be front-wheel-drive only, despite the rumors that it would come ready to battle the Focus RS with a real AWD system. They also said that it will have a lower center of gravity compared to the standard Civic hatchback.

Along with the news that Honda’s CVT will be an option came the news that there will be no option for a dual-clutch unit – news that will certainly disappoint some who have come to appreciate the performance and quick shifting that comes along with a DCT. For now, the muscle behind the car remains a mystery, but as we’ve mentioned in our review of the Type R concept and our speculative review of the upcoming Type R, it will likely get an updated versions of Honda’s current 2.0-liter. In current form, it pumps out 305 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of Japanese bliss, but we’re expecting Honda to up the ante on its new performance hatch and bring those numbers a bit higher to help the car take on the Focus RS. At this point, some sources say 325 horsepower, but it could even go as high as 340.

Update 01/05/2016: A Honda spokesman reach out to outlet Jalopnik and confirmed that the Civic Type R will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission only. No option for a CVT or DCT transmission will exist at the time of launch.

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2017 Honda Civic SI

2017 Honda Civic SI

The Si returns to fill the void between the Civic Touring and the Civic Type R

The Honda Civic has always been a go-to for tuners everywhere, but more recently, the Civic hasn’t exactly been praised for its looks or design. All of that changed with the introduction of the 10th-generation model, and now we’ll be blessed not only with a new, track-ready Civic Type R, but a Civic Si in coupe and sedan form as well. Slated to launch in 2017 as a 2018 model, the Civic Si was unveiled to the world in a near-production-ready form at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, which means it gives us a very good idea of what to expect when the road-going model officially debuts. As a production model, the new Civic Si will spot a 1.5-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-banger that utilizes dual variable valve timing and mates to a six-speed manual transmission. Performance figures are unknown at this point, but Honda says the standard engine is both “high-performance and high-torque” Furthermore, it will come with active damper and steering systems, limited-slip differential, and 19-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. A factory performance aero kit that has front and rear splitters will help tie together the package that is the Civic Si.

The best part about the new Civic Si is that it maintains its own unique design compared to the standard road-going Civics and the Type R hatchback that broke the internet when it debuted. When it came to an Si model, we all kind of expected to see a lot of Type R styling in a coupe or sedan body form, but Honda did things right and gave the Si its own identity. If you like good performance and awesome looks without having to go hatchback, the Civic Si Coupe or Sedan will definitely be for you.

With that said, let’s talk about the upcoming model and what we can predict about it based on the prototype that Honda brought to the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2016 Honda Civic Type R Concept

2016 Honda Civic Type R Concept

The best look concept we’ve seen from Honda in years

When you go to an event like the Paris Auto Show, you expect some crazy exotic or some new luxury car to steal the spotlight, but at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, it was a Honda that was in the limelight. Specifically, it was this Honda Civic Type R Concept, which serves as a preview of the upcoming production model. This concept is all about looks, but it’s widely believed that there’s an uprated 2.0-liter, turbocharged, VTEC hidden away under the hood – the same engine that will eventually make it into the road-going Type R. And, that engine could produce upward of 350 horsepower.

It’s hard to believe that a concept car from Honda is getting such a following, but Honda has finally tapped back into the hot hatch market in a big way with the new Civic Hatchback. Mainly because the new Civic Hatch is built on a global platform, which means we’ll finally get it, and the Type R all of us tuners have been dying to have, here in the U.S. With the aggressive styling seen on this concept from the gnarly front bumper all the way back to that meticulously designed spoiler, this concept proves that Honda is finally listening to its fan base again.

So, with that said, let’s dive on into the best Civic we’ve seen from Honda in a long time and go over the details that make this Type R concept one of the coolest cars to roll into the Paris Auto Show.

Updated 11/21/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the Type R made a brief appearance next to the Civic SI.

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Honda Brings Civic Si Prototype to Los Angeles, Confirms 2017 Launch

Honda Brings Civic Si Prototype to Los Angeles, Confirms 2017 Launch

It will hit the market in both coupe and sedan body styles

Originally created as the range-topping performance model of the Honda Civic, but superseded by the Type R in the mid-1990s, the Civic Si is about to get a major update and adopt the redesigned exterior and drivetrain of the tenth-generation model. Set to hit the market in 2017 in both coupe and sedan body styles, the new Civic Si made its debut in prototype form at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Described as a vehicle that closely previews the production model, the prototype wears a full Factory Performance aero kit, including front and rear splitters, rear spoiler, a center-mounted polygonal exhaust finisher, and 19-inch, 10-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. Shown in coupe form only, the Civic Si displayed at the American car show is finished in a sporty looking Rallye Red Pearl.

The interior of the Si also bridges the gap between the standard model and the Type R. The show car features Si-exclusive front sport seats with red stitching and logos. The red stitching carries through to the door panels, steering wheel, and leather shift boot with aluminum shift knob. The cabin also features a red driver’s TFT meter and audio system illumination, aluminum sport pedals, and Dry Metal Carbon instrument panel trim

So far so good, but what about the drivetrain? Honda says that the Si gets its juice from a higher performance version of the new 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine equipped with dual variable cam timing, but doesn’t say a word about. But, given that the standard unit cranks out 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet, the Si could have close to 200 horses. The turbocharged engine mates to a six-speed manual transmission for a more exhilarating experience, while a new active damper system, active steering system, and limited-slip differential enhance the car’s racing skills.

Both the Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan will launch next year. A specific table is not yet available, but it should arrive before the track-ready Civic Type-R.

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2016 Honda Civic Coupe GRC Competitive Race Car

2016 Honda Civic Coupe GRC Competitive Race Car

Honda’s new rallycross racer makes its debut at the SEMA Show

Honda is using the 2016 SEMA Show to introduce its new race car for the Red Bull Global Rallycross. Developed by Olsbergs MSE, a Swedish racing team that also designs race cars, the new GRC-spec Civic Coupe will replace the car that ran against Volkswagen, Ford, and Subaru in the 2016 season, placing third in the manufacturers’ championship. The designing team also received input from Honda Performance Development (HPD), the brand’s racing division, which has created many successful race cars over the last few years.

Honda is a pretty new entry in the Red Bull Global Rallycross, itself a recently established sport, having been launched in 2011. The Japanese brand joined the competition last year, also with a race car based on the Civic Coupe. The compact raced against GRC-spec versions of the Ford Fiesta ST, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Volkswagen Beetle, and Hyundai Veloster. Honda and Olsbergs MSE finished the season third and are hoping to do better in 2017.

Not much is known about the new race car at the of this writing, but Honda did release a batch of photos and just enough info for a short review. We should find out more at the 2016 SEMA Show in November so make sure you stick around for updates.

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2016 Honda Civic Coupe By MAD Industries

2016 Honda Civic Coupe By MAD Industries

Not happy with the new Civic Coupe? MAD Industries just unveiled a sporty upgrade

If you read our review of the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe you probably know where we stand when it comes to Japan’s new two-door. Powerful enough to give the Toyota 86 a run for its money and stylish enough to go head-to-head against the BMW 2 Series, the new Civic Coupe delivers great bang for the buck and solid performance next to excellent fuel economy. But, we also think there is room for improvement, especially for drivers looking for a more aggressive design and a lot more power. This is where tuning shops such as MAD Industries come in.

Known for modifying everything American from Mustangs to large trucks and SUVs, MAD Industries has also created upgrades for several Honda and Acura models in recent years. At the 2016 SEMA Show, the shop will unveil yet another Honda-based package, this time around for the new Civic Coupe. The project is more about the looks and the interior than added horsepower — at least based on the lack of drivetrain information — but it’s a solid package if you’re looking to enhance your bone-stock Civic.

Developed to "showcases the versatility and fun factor behind the all-new Civic Coupe," the package is solid proof that no matter how sporty a standard model is, there’s always room for more aggressive exterior bits and a flashy interior.

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Honda to Debut the New Civic Si at the L.A. Auto Show

Honda to Debut the New Civic Si at the L.A. Auto Show

Honda says yes to the mid-range Si

Sport compact fans have been blessed with a ton of fantastic products over the last few years, with models like the Subaru WRX, Volkswagen Golf R, Toyota 86, Mini Cooper S, Fiat 500 Sport, and Mazda MX-5 all proving that big fun can be had in small packages. Joining the party is the new Civic Type R, which just debuted in prototype guise at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Stateside buyers will be happy to know that the ‘Ring-storming, R’d-out tenth-gen Civic will indeed make it to U.S. dealers, but what if you want something a little less over the top? Honda has an answer, and it’s called the Civic Si. For now, details on the mid-ranger are still under wraps, but that’ll soon change, as it was just confirmed that the new Civic Si will make its formal public debut next month at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Breaking the news (perhaps unintentionally) is a single line in a recent L.A. Auto Show press release, which lists the Si as of many upcoming debuts slated to drop cover at the event. And while official specs are still forthcoming, a little speculation couldn’t hurt.

First off, we know the powerplant will be turbocharged, and will most likely be the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder currently outfitted on the more pedestrian Civic variants. Those models get 174 horsepower, but we think the Si will sport around 225 ponies, all of which will get routed to the front axle by way of a six-speed manual transmission.

The body style is bit more uncertain, but with the recent reveal of the tenth-gen Civic hatchback, an Si five-door seems likely. Also look for swoopy, sporty styling, with an aggression level somewhere around 5, as opposed to the Type R’s 11.

Major debuts at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show are scheduled to kick off Wednesday, November 16th, continuing into Thursday, November 17. Stay tuned, as we’ll be on the scene bringing you the latest as it happens.

Note: 2014 - 2015 Civic Si shown above.
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2016 Paris Motor Show – Best In Show

2016 Paris Motor Show – Best In Show

Finding the crème de la crème for your viewing pleasure

Paris may have seen several of the major automakers sit on the sidelines this time around, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t get an eyeful of some very hot automobiles. The City of Lights played host to all kinds of good stuff for 2016, but we still managed to pick out five of the latest and greatest to kick off this year’s auto show season.

Included in this list is a production car and a race car, but the majority of our picks are actually concepts. And why not? Paris is home to a variety of high-end art pieces, so it makes sense to bring in the rolling sculptures, right?

Long story short, it looks like we’re in for a very interesting season this year, especially when you consider the limited attendance seen in Paris. Read on for our picks for best in show.

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The Civic Type R Will be the Ultimate Tuner Project

The Civic Type R Will be the Ultimate Tuner Project

The new Civic Type R Concept has made its debut in near-production form, and it’s damn near breaking the internet with everyone from around the globe dying to learn all about it. And, rightfully so, everyone should be pretty excited. I mean, just look at it. That aggressive aerodynamic styling, the wing designed for function, that brushed aluminum vinyl wrap, and that WRX STI-looking scoop on the hood. It’s pretty clear that Honda is looking to take back its throne in the hot hatch department. Needless to say, the road-going production model is going to be all that and a bag of chips.

But, before I go making a mess all over myself getting too excited about this concept, let’s talk about why I think it’s going to be the world’s ultimate tuner. We don’t know for 100-percent certainty what will actually motivate the road-going Type R, but Honda just went to all the trouble of building the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, VTEC powerplant with 306 horsepower, so that’s the most likely candidate. In the old Type R – you know, the one we didn’t get here in the U.S. – it was enough to push the car to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds on the way to 167 mph. But, the Civic Type R now has to compete with cars like the Ford Focus RS, so we expect to see a fair jump in performance. How big of a bump is the real question.

Given the fact that the Focus RS pushes 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque here in the U.S., you can expect similar numbers from the Type R. Even better yet, that 2.0-liter VTEC tachs out 200 rpm higher that the Focus RS, so the Type R could have just a little more push in that department. Sure, the Civic is FWD, and the Focus RS is RWD, but that doesn’t matter at this point. In the end, if the road-going Type R looks as good as this concept, and we suspect it will, it already looks better than the RS, and I think Honda is going to do well on the power front too.

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This Is The Honda Civic Type R We've All Been Waiting For

This Is The Honda Civic Type R We’ve All Been Waiting For

Get ready, America!

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The long-awaited, U.S.-bound Honda Civic Type R has finally arrived. Okay, so this is a prototype version if we’re going to be technical about it. But, by and large, we can at least expect the production Type R to look a lot like this prototype, albeit with some tweaks here and there and the fact that the production model will come in hot hatchback form.

There’s obviously plenty to pore through here but the Civic Type R prototype’s striking appearance takes precedence over anything else. It’s still largely based on the 2017 Honda Civic, which isn’t a surprise. But Honda also delivered on its promise in making the new Civic Type R the sportiest and most aggressive iteration of the Civic that it’s ever made to the point that it has a little bit of the Subaru WRX STI feel to it. The hood scoop is less pronounced, but it’s still noticeable on the Type R. The fenders are enormous, as are the air vents.

The smoked LED headlights are nice touches and the wheel arches are flared, which isn’t at all a surprise given Honda’s goal of driving the car’s sportiness to another level. And let’s not forget those carbon fiber skirts, the three exhaust outlets, and that massive fixed rear spoiler. All these elements combine to make a car that’s definitely going to get its share of attention when it arrives in the U.S. in the early part of 2017.

Is it safe to say that the hype and anticipation surrounding the Honda Civic Type R’s entry into the US market is going to be at a fever pitch after the prototype’s official debut at the Paris Motor Show? To that question, my answer is a resounding yes!.

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