On April 1st, Honda officials confirmed that the Civic Type-R is coming to the States as part of the next-generation Civic family during the debut of the 2016 Honda Civic Concept at the 2015 New York Auto Show.
Like the current Civic Type-R, the next-generation Honda Civic Type-R will be a four-door hatchback, so that is good news for all the Civic hatchback fans in the U.S.
The engine in the current Euro-spec Civic Type-R (which won’t be coming Stateside), is a 2.0 L direct-injected turbocharged VTEC 4 cylinder unit which produces 306 horsepower @ 6500 RPM and 295 lb.ft. torque @ 2500 RPM. The engine redlines at an astronomical 7000 RPM (I mean, it is a VTEC, so, who doesn’t want to rev the hell out of it?)
If the internet is telling the truth, then the same engine is destined for the next-generation U.S. Spec Honda Civic Type-R. All of the power from the engine is routed to the front wheel via a six-speed manual transmission (sorry, if you want an automatic, please look somewhere else). With this drivetrain configuration, the current Civic Type-R achieves 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 168 mph. Another important note is that the Civic Type-R holds the record for the fastest lap time around the legendary Nurburgring set by a front wheel drive vehicle.
Unfortunately, Honda officials did not provide any information about the official Stateside arrival time of the next-gen Civic Type-R. But based on Honda’s current product life cycle, expect the new Honda Civic Type-R to arrive at your local dealerships about two years after the standard 2016 Honda Civic models, which are scheduled to launch sometime during the fall.
Like the current-generation Honda Civic Type-R, the next-generation U.S. Spec Civic Type-R will be built in Swindon, U.K. The current Euro-Spec Civic Type-R will be in production for at least two more years since Honda U.K. just began tooling for the mid-cycle update of the current Civic.
I will keep you posted as more information becomes available in the future. But, in the meantime, if you are in or around New York this weekend, checkout the auto show and make sure to stop by the Honda booth and have a look at the 2016 Honda Civic concept on display.
Source: Honda Motor Cars