The Type R adds that affordable "oomph" at the back end of Canada's top-selling Civic lineup.
Montreal, QC – It's finally 2017, and the Canadian wait is over for the much hyped 2018 Honda Civic Type R. To many car enthusiasts, the long-awaited hot hatch is a dream filled with flared wheel arches, massive side intakes, carbon fibre side skirts, a quick under-six-second sprint that tops out at 270 km/h, and plenty of drool to go around.
For sure, there are exotic and prestige sports cars that have taken a while to come to market, and one has to look no further than Honda's own premium company and its decade-long rollout of the Acura NSX. But what separates the Type R from these supercars will be its attainability. The Type R adds that affordable "oomph" at the back end of Canada's top-selling Civic car lineup.
The Montreal Auto Show isn't the first time that the 2018 Honda Civic Type R has been shown to the public, with prior appearances at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in late September, as well as at the 2016 SEMA show in Las Vegas. So, why talk about it?
That answer is plain and simple. Out of all the vehicles shown at the show, this was the one that had the most eyes gazing upon it - and Honda wasn't even one of the 21 automakers giving a press conference. The Civic Type R – still in a prototype stage, but according to Honda Canada, close to the finished product – might have been placed on its own to show off its angular cuts and bolstered physique, but it had enough company throughout with plenty of flash photography.
“The Honda Civic, as well as hatchbacks, are dear to the Montreal market, so it only makes sense to bring our flagship Civic to the show,” said Hayato Mori, Senior Manager, Product Planning & Business Development.
Mori wasn't able to confirm specific engine details – that will be revealed in a few months time – however, we can confirm that the Civic Type R will only have a six-speed manual transmission to be matched to Honda's larger 2.0-litre unit, speculated to be above the 300 horsepower mark. The horsepower figure may still not be figured out on the Honda end, as according to Mori, they are still fine tuning it.
“With a lightweight sports car in its purist form, there's was no choice but to go with a genuine six-speed manual transmission,” added Mori.
As for its styling, the Type R is all about flexing its muscles, as if the regular hatch was put on the same steroid regiment as Barry Bonds. Everything just seems larger and unconstrained, including wide air vents and 20-inch alloy wheels, to be finished off with a mid-mounted tri-exhaust, and enormous rear wing.
The prototype on display uses a more premium finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish that will not come on the production version. In a Motor1 scoop, we were able to find out that the Civic Type R will come with Type R's trademark Championship White colour, along with several other unique colours.
In another exclusive, Motor1 was able to get a peek inside. The sports performance hatch showed off plenty of red flair on its steering wheel, dash, doors, and fiery-red recaro seats. Those seats strap you in tight, but are also soft and comfortable.
The 2018 Honda Civic Type R's production version that will be coming out in late Spring 2017. More information, including engine details, should be revealed before that date. Pricing is expected to be in line with its main competitor, the Ford Focus RS, while the Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf R should offer up lower pricing.
Photos: David Miller