Honda to unveil a cheaper Honda Civic Type R?

Updated Sep 28, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Two cheaper versions of the Honda Civic Type R could be available in 2018.

Don’t come as a shock on price, the all-new Honda Civic Type R 2018 hits the market with an affordable price for most car lovers of $34,775. But it seems that the Japanese manufacturer still seeks to meet the demand of a wider range of customers. Accordingly, rumors suggest that Honda could be making an even cheaper version which could be debuted in the near feature. This has been proven by some documents.

Angular front of a red Honda Civic Type R 2018

Honda could be making a cheaper version which could be debuted in the near feature

According to the latest car news from the Truth About Cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) leaked some documents saying that a cheaper Honda Civic Type R 2018 could be going into production. The documents also reveal a new top-of-the-range touring car, indicated by the model code FK8G7, combined with the 306-horsepower (228-kilowatt) engine which is the same as the Type R’s.

A red Honda Civic Type R on the road

A cheaper Honda Civic Type R 2018 could be going into production

It is also disclosed that two versions of the Honda Civic Type R including a standard model and a better equipped Civic Type R touring will come on the market by 2018. This coincides with information of reports from April that a second and fuller version of the Type R will be made.

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A red Honda Civic Type R in the forest

The new standard Type R could start at a lower price of $30,900 or $31,775 after charge

Currently, there is only one option for the Civic Type R which is fully equipped with outstanding features such as Apple CarPlay compatibility, Android Auto, a 7-inch driver information interface and a 7-inch touchscreen. The aforementioned documents say that since the standard Type R will limit some of these options, it could start at a lower price of $30,900 or $31,775 (fees included), which is a $3,000 discount from the current model. 

The hot hatch Civic runs with the aforementioned 306-hp (228-kW) turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and works in conjunction with 6-speed manual transmission with the power transferred particularly for the front wheel.

Latest updates on upcoming Honda cars can be found in our Complete guide to the Honda Philippines' local lineup.

Know more about Honda Civic Type R 2022

Honda Civic Type R

The fifth-generation Honda Civic Type R 2022 from motorsport stalwart Honda is based on the 10th-generation Honda Civic. To sum the model up, it a high-performance version of the Civic and it features an aggressive-looking exterior design. For the Philippine market, the Civic Type R only has one variant and it comes with a price of Php 3,210,000. 

Under the Philippine-spec Civic Type R's hood is a 2.0-liter K20C1 VTEC inline-4 which can produce a maximum of 306 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque. This engine is then paired with a six-speed manual transmission, which comes with a rev-matching function. Like the standard Civic, the Civic Type R is a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Size-wise, it measures 4,577mm long, 1,877mm wide, and 1,434mm in height. It also has a ground clearance of 134mm, and a wheelbase length of 2,700mm.

Competing against the Honda Civic Type R 2022 in the Philippine market is the Subaru WRX STI and the BMW Z4 sDrive20i Sport 2.0 AT, in that they somewhat fall into the same price range. As for other front-wheel-drive, compact-sized sports cars however, the Civic Type R's direct competitor in the global market is the Hyundai Veloster N, which is only available through indent order locally.

₱ 3,210,000