The more expensive GT version brings additional bells and whistles for $2,600.
Recently crowned the fastest front-wheel-drive production car at the Nürburgring, the new Honda Civic Type R will hit U.K. dealers in July. Built in Britain at the Swindon factory, the new hot hatch was unveiled in production guise back in March at the Geneva Motor Show and aims to deliver “the most rewarding drive” in its class, regardless if you’re on a track or on a public road.
The entry-level trim will set you back £30,995 (or $40,172), while the higher-spec GT level will command a £2,000 ($2,600) premium. For that extra money, Honda will throw in additional standard goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, upgraded sound system, and LED front fog lights. The more expensive version also features Honda Connect with Garmin Navigation as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror and cross traffic monitor.
And while extra equipment is nice and all, what really matters when talking about performance models are the oily bits. Its heart and soul is a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. The V-TEC’s oomph is channeled to the front axle exclusively through a revised six-speed manual transmission configured with shorter gear ratios.
Honda U.K. mentions orders are already being taken for the Civic Type R, even though customers haven’t actually had the chance yet to take the car for a test drive. Available strictly as a five-door model, the Renault Megane RS rival can also be purchased at £299 ($387) a month with a three-year 5.9% contract for the base version.
In United States, pricing is expected to begin from approximately $35,000 for the Touring version, which will actually be the sole trim level for the 2017MY. Next year, a new entry-level model is expected to join the lineup with a more attainable price tag.
Note: Raw conversion from British pounds to U.S. dollars. Does not take into account differences in tax.
Gallery: 2017 Honda Civic Type R (Production Spec)
PRICING ANNOUNCED FOR THE NEXT GENERATION HONDA CIVIC TYPE R
- Entry level model comes in at £30,995 with GT version an additional £2,000
- PCP pricing to be under £300 a month for entry level version
- Cars to hit retail forecourts in July
Honda UK has today announced pricing for the hotly-anticipated next generation Civic Type R. Set to hit retail forecourts in July, the entry level model will cost £30,995 and the GT version will cost an additional £2,000 at £32,995 on the road and will come with a host of extras.
PCP pricing has also been confirmed for the new car, which is built at Honda’s UK manufacturing plant in Swindon; with monthly payments in line with the current car and starting at £299 a month on a three year 5.9% contract for the entry level version of the new Civic Type R.
As with the outgoing model, GT drivers will benefit from blind spot information including cross traffic monitor, dual zone climate control, auto dimming rear view mirror, Honda CONNECT with Garmin Navigation, wireless charging, high power audio, and LED front fog lights.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2017 Civic Type R shares the same fundamentals as the new Civic hatchback and has been engineered from the ground up to deliver the most rewarding drive in the hot-hatch segment – both on road and on the race track.
The 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO of the previous generation Civic Type R has been optimised and refined to produce 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm, while the six-speed manual transmission is further improved by a rev match control system.
Phil Webb, Head of Cars at Honda UK, commented: “As with the previous generation, we are fully expecting a huge demand for the Civic Type R. The order bank is already open and we are experiencing strong interest off the back of the launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March – and this is before our customers have even taken a test drive.”