2018 Honda Civic Type R Spy Shots

Why we love Nurburgring? You can catch all sorts of upcoming vehicles testing on the track. And this time, the word is about Honda’s highest performance version of Civic. Japanese carmaker unveiled fourth-generation Type R in March last year. The thing is this model as any previous is sold  around the world in every market, but it won’t set its wheels in America. That’s a bummer. But, before we get any further, one thing is crucial to say. New 2018 Honda Civic Type R will. Yes, this high-performance car will officially arrive in the US probably by the end of next year. So when we had that sorted out, let’s see what changes will new model bring.

2018 Honda Civic Type R-front view

Design of 2018 Honda Civic Type R

Even with all the heavy camouflage we see on the spy photos, not so much. The carmaker based this model on tenth-generation Civic that was unveiled just last year. But 2018 Honda Civic Type R has everything that you expect in a sports hatchback. Very aggressive front bumper and sculpted hood play a massive role in term of aerodynamics but also in saying “Get out of my way!” when you see it in a rearview mirror. While on the side 19-inch wheels with large Brembo brakes will further make this model look awesome. And as expected in the rear large spoiler is mounted but on the other hand, there is a rather interesting three-pipe exhaust design.

2018 Honda Civic Type R – Safety

We won’t talk about the interior, but we’ll mention some safety items. Those are dual front airbags, front side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags. In addition, 2018 Honda Civic Type R will also have an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, hill start assist, and vehicle stability assist.

2018 Honda Civic Type R-rear view

2018 Honda Civic Type R – Power

And now the most important thing when you think of a sports hatchback. We for sure know that company will continue to use existing engine. The word is about turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, direct fuel injection, and VTEC variable valve timing. We know that this engine has an output of 306 horsepower and 300 lb-ft. With six-speed manual transmission, it takes just 5.7 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. While the top speed is 167 mph.

But if engineers do their homework and just tune up this engine a little for 2018 Honda Civic Type R we could have better numbers. But why doesn’t Japanese carmaker ditch the FWD and put torque on all four wheels? Imagine the values with just that one change. Nevertheless, the new model will certainly do its job at tearing up the asphalt. With courtesy of YouTube channel Nordschleife-Video below, you can see firsthand new Type R in action.

2018 Honda Civic Type R – Price

Although it’s too early to talk about the price of 2018 Honda Civic type R, we can speculate it will be around $30.000. But even with a fair price, if Honda doesn’t switch from FWD to AWD, the majority of people could go for Ford Focus RS instead. But we will yet see will that be an option and when will it finally set its wheels on American soil.

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