The auction will run until June 15, with all proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Fans of the Honda Civic Type R have been waiting to get their mitts on the 306-horsepower (228-kilowatt) hot hatch since it was first announced for the U.S. back in 2015. But like any performance vehicle that comes in high demand, Honda will be offering its first Civic Type R at auction – exclusively on the website Bring A Trailer.
Wearing the VIN number 01, the Type R will be auctioned on Bring A Trailer beginning today, June 7, 2017, with all of the final proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, an organization Honda has supported since 1991. The auction will run for eight days.
"The Civic Type R has long been forbidden fruit for enthusiasts in the U.S.," said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President at American Honda Motor Co. "So we thought it would be fun to offer one lucky customer a shot at owning the first of its kind in America while benefitting the leading nonprofit solely dedicated to finding a cure for childhood brain tumors, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation."
The Honda Civic Type R will be the first new vehicle sold on the site, which is typically reserved for obscure classics, and the first 2017 Type R sold in the U.S. Buyers that don’t bid on the Civic online will have to wait until it hits dealerships in a few weeks with an alleged $33,900 asking price (not including $875 for destination and handling).
As mentioned, the hot hatch uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to produce 306 hp (220 kW) and comes paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. It’s the fastest front-wheel-drive car on the Nurburgring, recording a lap time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds, and will be produced at Honda’s Swindon, U.K. plant.
Interested buyers can head over to Bring A Trailer and bid on the hot hatch until June 15.
Gallery: First Honda Civic Type R
The very first 2017 Honda Civic Type R in the world, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) 01, will be auctioned online beginning June 7, with all proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The fastest, most powerful Honda of all time produced for the U.S. and the first Honda Type R to be sold in America, enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the Civic Type R's arrival can visit www.bringatrailer.com/listing/2017-honda-civic-type-r-for-charity.com to bid1 on the exclusive model with the auction closing on June 15.
"The Civic Type R has long been forbidden fruit for enthusiasts in the U.S., so we thought it would be fun to offer one lucky customer a shot at owning the first of its kind in America while benefitting the leading nonprofit solely dedicated to finding a cure for childhood brain tumors, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation," said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The first production 2017 Civic Type R will be the first new vehicle to be sold on the vintage and collector car auction site, Bring A Trailer. This first-ever Honda Civic Type R to be sold in America is the pinnacle fun-to-drive vehicle of the Honda brand and recently established itself as the fastest front-wheel-drive production car in the world, having set a record lap time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds on Germany's 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife (north loop), more than three seconds faster than the previous record. Video of the new Civic Type R's record-setting lap can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibvMm8bVQXY.
The 2017 Civic Type R features the most powerful engine ever offered in a Honda production vehicle in America, a 306-horsepower 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injected TURBO powerplant with i-VTEC® valvetrain mated to a short-shifting six-speed manual transmission. Type R's fully independent suspension with dual-axis strut front strut and Adaptive Dampers at all four corners can be controlled through three selectable driving modes – Comfort, Sport and +R. Additional design elements of the track-ready Type R include cross-drilled front brake discs squeezed by Brembo 4-pot calipers and a comprehensive aerodynamic package for outstanding high-speed stability and low drag.
The 2017 Civic Type R for the U.S. market will be produced exclusively in Honda's Swindon, UK plant. Its turbocharged engines will be produced in Anna, Ohio, Honda's largest automobile engine plant in in the world, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
Honda's Longtime Commitment to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Honda is a longtime partner of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). Since 1991, Honda has supported the organization through many efforts, including its quarter-century sponsorship of Ride for Kids (www.curethekids.org/events/ride-for-kids). This support has helped fund research to understand, diagnose and treat pediatric brain tumors, the top cause of cancer-related deaths in children. The PBTF is the world's largest nonprofit solely dedicated to funding childhood brain tumor research and caring for diagnosed families. Since 1991, it has funded more than $29 million in research to improve quality of life, increase survivorship and ultimately eliminate pediatric brain tumors.
All proceeds from the auction of Type R VIN 01 on Bring A Trailer will benefit the PBTF. More information about the PBTF's mission can be found at www.curethekids.org/mission.
To view and bid on the 2017 Honda Civic Type R VIN 1: http://bringatrailer.com/listing/2017-honda-civic-type-r-for-charity/