Honda Civic Type R Is Finally Coming to the U.S. (PHOTOS)
After years of demand for a sportier Civic, Honda is finally bringing the Honda Civic Type R to the United States. Designer Guy Melville-Brown introduced the 2016 model at the New York International Auto Show, delivering a pretty passionate presentation on why the new lineup matters.
This year’s Honda Civic lineup will include the Civic Sedan, Coupe and Si models along with the Civic hatchback, which will be geared towards Generation Y consumers. The 10th generation Civic will be the first to have a hatch since the 6th generation in the early 2000s, since I suppose kids love hatches. But diehard automotive enthusiasts certainly have other things to get excited over: this Civic will be the first in the U.S. to apply the spiffy new VTEC Turbo engines from the Earth Dreams Technology powertrain series. This includes direct injection, a short-shifting 6-speed manual transmission, and a more efficient continuously variable transmission (CVT).
In the realm of safety, the new Civics will come outfitted with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, from Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, to Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control and Honda LaneWatch. This is further bolstered by Honda’s next-gen Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure.
Okay, so maybe the coloring is a bit garish, but the trade-off is top of the line performance. Naturally, Melville-Brown might have gotten a bit flowery in his descriptive language when he called the Civic “charismatic” and “beyond the superficial,” and it might have been downright silly to say it “stirs the very embers of your heart,” but being there live, there’s just something about this car that feels like wish fulfillment. In the best possible way, this could be the car that returns Honda to the top of the market, both commercially and critically.
The new lineup is expected to debut this fall, including the Type R.
Check out some photos I snapped at the show below, along with video of the announcement via Twitter:
— Honda (@Honda) April 1, 2015