The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is the next iteration of a series that could have comfortably dished out the same model for another two or three years at least. While it is commendable to update the lineup at this rate, it does put us in a pickle as we have to look at a possibly new set of specs and upgrades. In any case, here is what we’ve got.
The release date is not set, but late 2016/early 2017 is a good bet.
2017 Honda Civic Type R Price
The price tag on the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is far from set, but there is no reason not to think that the old price will stick around. In any case, $46,000 for a base version seems fair enough.
On the outside, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R does not look much different than before, although there are some details that pop up even on spy shots.
For instance, the front fascia has received some attention from the designers, the Honda badge is placed in a different position, the headlights are no longer combined with air inlets on the side and in the rear the spoiler is new.
And the rear kind of looks a bit lower than it used to be. Maybe it’s just us, though. It comes with three exhaust pipes – well, two large ones, actually, and a small tip in between so it technically makes three.
Interior of Honda Civic Type R
Unfortunately, there is no way to sneak a peek at what the next Honda Civic Type R is going to look like on the inside. The old cockpit may see some upgrades, but it is unlikely that Honda will start experimenting all of a sudden.
The old design catered to both the old drivers who like their gauge clusters analog and newer ones who like things digital. The main color scheme is black with plenty of red details.
The seats are most likely going to be improved in some way as well. All in all, this is a hatchback and therefore the indoor space has to live up to certain standards. That means plenty of cargo space and folding seats in the second row are a must.
Even though there is no solid word on the engine for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R, there is no reason to believe the older versions are to be discarded just yet – slightly upgraded, perhaps.
In any case, the current best option is the 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder complete with direct fuel injection and a VTEC system. The power output can reach 306 hp @ 7,000 rpm, while 2,500 rpm get you the best torque – 295 lb-ft.
These figures could easily be updated to 330 hp and 300+ lb-ft with a bit of work. The new Type R could hit 60 mph in under 5 seconds and top it off at 167 mph or more.
As for transmission, the six-speed manual should make a comeback this time around as well. It’s not like Honda to switch to automatic anyway.