2017 Honda Civic Type R

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The current Civic Type R isn’t old – having been released in 2011 – but Honda is already working on the next iteration. Our spy photographers snagged several revealing photos of the next-generation Honda hot hatch as it powered around the Nürburgring and the surrounding area.

So let’s cut to the chase: the best news surrounding this (presumably) 2017 Type R is its availability in the U.S. Yep, Honda has already promised the turbocharged, front-drive Civic will be sold Stateside. That announcement happened at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

What we don’t know are all the details. These spy shots give some indication as to what changes are coming, but only visually. The important drivetrain details an interior design remain a mystery. But there’s still plenty to look at.

Spy Shots

October 13, 2015 – 2017 Honda Civic Type R begins testing

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R

Honda Civic Type R


This test mule’s overall shape isn’t too different from the current Civic Type R, but the detailing has certainly changed. The front fascia is totally new with a more upright Honda badge, missing side air inlets under the headlights, and added vertical brake ducts. Out back is a revised spoiler and lower fascia. Most noticeable are the three, center-mounted exhaust pipes with two large pipes and a smaller tip in between.

Lastly, the rear doors receive a new design. Conventional pull-style handles replace the C-pillar-mounted handle.


Honda Civic Type R

There’s no news of what Honda has up its sleeve with the next-generation Civic’s interior. There’s a good chance the cockpit will still sport that funky design with its part digital, part analog gauge cluster split between two levels. Also expect plenty of red accents contrasting an otherwise black cabin. Heavily bolstered sport seats are also expected.

Besides being a hot performer, the Civic Type R remains a hatchback and keeps all the great qualities of such. Folding second row seats and a decent cargo area will definitely make the generational leap.


Honda Civic Type R

Still filed under speculation is the powertrain. It’s expected that Honda will up the ante when the Type R lands on U.S. shores. The current powertrain in the Euro-spec version is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that includes direct fuel injection, Honda’s famous VTEC valvetrain system, and a single-scroll turbocharger.

Screaming toward a 7,000-rpm redline, the high-strung mill kicks out 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Peak output comes at 6,500 and 2,500 rpm respectively.

If Honda does indeed add more power, it wouldn’t be surprising to see horsepower levels around 315 and torque outputs above 300 pound-feet. That should help the Type R hit 60 mph in a tick over five seconds. Top speed may see improvement over the current generation’s 167 mph limit.

Putting power to the ground will likely be the same six-speed manual transmission. Don’t expect Honda to offer a slushbox, even for the U.S.


It’s very early to be talking pricing at this point, but the Euro-spec Type R sells for £30,000. At current exchange rates, that translates to $46,000. That’s a pretty penny for a hot hatch, especially considering its competition carries much lower prices. Speaking of which…


Ford Focus ST

Ford Focus ST

The Focus may only have 252 horsepower on tap, but it’s one of America’s best hot hatches on the market. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that also makes 270 pound-feet of torque. Direct injection and variable valve timing are present here as well – though lacking Honda’s VTEC system, obviously.

The Focus carries a starting price around $25,000, making it a solid bargain as well. Add to that the unhampered cargo and people-hauling abilities, and the Focus ST makes for a great compromise for track and daily use.

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

It’s impossible to skip the GTI in this segment. In fact, the GTI basically founded the hot hatch category in 1983. Since then, the VW has held its own and now exists in an appealing package with surprising performance credentials. The Volkswagen is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four. Down on power compared to the others, the 210-horsepower base GTI offers sprints to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph. Those aren’t staggering numbers, but GTI doesn’t seem to suffer for it.

Prices start around $25,000 and increase into the lower $30,000 range.


Honda Civic Type R

Can you hear the American hot-hatch Honda fans shouting? I can. They may have to wait another few years, but the Civic Type R is coming. Its powerful engine, advanced traction control systems, outrageous looks, and serious track monster nature will help it dominate its opponents. With performance that rivals larger, more powerful offerings here in the States, it will be interesting to see how the sales numbers shake out.

For now, we’ll keep our eye out for the Type R as it finishes its development.


  • Incredible Hot Hatch performance
  • Looks to kill
  • Coming to the U.S.!


  • Likely the most expensive Civic ever
  • FWD driving characteristics
  • Too boy-racerish for many

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