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Old 07-18-2018, 08:21 AM   #1
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Default Honda Civic Type R Facelift Spied – But What Is It Hiding?

onda Civic Type R Facelift Spied – But What Is It Hiding? [UPDATE]
Our fingers are crossed for an even hotter version.

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[UPDATE, July 18] Now the white prototype has been spotted with a smaller rear wing. 8 new spy shots have been added at the beginning of the gallery, below.

[UPDATE, July 17] 23 new spy shots have been added at the beginning of the gallery, below. Some of them are showing a red prototype that had a smaller rear wing.

The Honda Civic Type R has only been on the market for a year in the U.S., but already it appears to be getting a makeover. Honda engineers were caught testing the lightly camouflaged hot hatchback on public roads in Europe. Though our spy photographers suggest that it could be just a facelift, we're not so sure.

For one, it's too early. The base Civic – which has been available since late 2015 – hasn't even received a makeover. We doubt the Type R would be quicker to the punch than its entry-level sibling. The other telling sign is that most of the body goes uncovered, only the front fascia and rear valance are under wraps. Yes, it does look a bit different compared to the current model, but we think it could be an even hotter version. Here's why.

Back in October, we reported that a cheaper Type R was coming. That means Honda could offer the hot hatchback in more than one flavor. When compared to the Focus RS, the Civic is down 44 horses on the Ford and comes in a front-wheel-drive configuration exclusively. Don't bet your life savings on a more-powerful, all-wheel-drive iteration, but it's fun to dream.

Whatever the case, we only have a handful of images to work with. From them, we see that the front fascia only gets a minor visual update, including flap-like front air intakes and lightly revised headlights. We'll have to wait for more details from Honda when the time comes.

For now, the Honda Civic Type R maintains its current look and power output. The same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 306 horsepower (228 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (399 Newton-meters) of torque is found underhood, paired to a six-speed manual transmission. The 2018 model now starts at $35,595, including the $895 destination charge.


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Old 07-18-2018, 12:33 PM   #2
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Maybe they'll tame down the styling.
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Old 07-18-2018, 12:58 PM   #3
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Yeah, looks like they shrunk the giant fake honeycomb "intakes" front and rear.

There was also a spyshot of a red Type R with a lower profile spoiler. I guess there will be some options like the STi has.

Needs a $0 red pinstripe delete option and a 19" forged wheel option, IMO.


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Old 07-18-2018, 03:29 PM   #4
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Maybe they'll tame down the styling.
Low profile "spoiler", eliminate fake honeycomb bs, and add sh-awd = winner!
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Old 07-18-2018, 03:47 PM   #5
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Low profile "spoiler", eliminate fake honeycomb bs, and add sh-awd = winner!
Also get rid of the electronic parking brake in favor of a hand brake.
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:25 PM   #6
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Also get rid of the electronic parking brake in favor of a hand brake.
Man, I hate the electric parking brake fad. You can keep your 13th cup holder and let me keep my hand lever. I get the EE-brake for mom mobiles, but not on enthusiast cars.
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:31 PM   #7
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Man, I hate the electric parking brake fad. You can keep your 13th cup holder and let me keep my hand lever. I get the EE-brake for mom mobiles, but not on enthusiast cars.
The last time I used a hand brake for anything other than parking was when I was 16 years old and trying to spin my 1990 honda accord in circles behind the grocery store. I don't miss it.
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is this one going to come from the factory with clown shoes and a red nose to wear while driving it?
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is this one going to come from the factory with clown shoes and a red nose to wear while driving it?
Go buy a base Camry if you don't like it.
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Go buy a base Camry if you don't like it.
of course i dont like it, im older than 17.
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Honda needs to make more so they ain’t forcing Honda dealers to horde them with markups. Eliminate the hatchback touring model completely and replace it with the TypeR.
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Honda isnt getting rid of the electronic parking brake, but they do need to make the type r more appealing
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The all-singing, all-dancing Honda Civic Type R set scorching pace in the hot hatch segment after breaking lap records at the Nurburgring and Silverstone circuits – and almost winning Australia’s Best Driver’s Car 2018.

But how will it defend its title with newer, more advanced rivals lining up to have a crack?

With a more powerful version.



Honda has made no secret of its plans to offer revised and even special edition Civic Type R models throughout its life cycle, not unlike the Ford Focus RS Limited Edition and Volkswagen Golf R Wolfsburg Edition.


The Honda Civic Type R wears a slightly new front apron… which will mean other upgrades are in store

Although the Japanese company is keeping mum on details, there’s a chance this mildly updated version of the Honda Civic Type R could more than just the model-year 2019 update, possibly hiding a more potent version of its turbo V-TEC engine. Why not throw in some chassis tweaks while we’re speculating?

Spotted testing **in Germany heading to the Nurburgring for some hot laps, the car is wearing a modicum of camo, with a small wrap front and rear. Eagle-eyed readers will spot the changes: Slightly different air intakes at the front.

Currently the 2018 Honda Civic Type R runs a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol V-TEC four-cylinder engine that belts out 228kW at 6500rpm and 400Nm at 2500-4500rpm, which combines with dual-axis strut suspension at the front end, all of which conspires to deliver one of the sharpest front-drive vehicles ever made.


Does this Civic Type R look a little lower than usual?

If this camouflaged model does indeed contain a few extra herbs and spices and stiffer suspension (the Brembo brakes appear unchanged) it would help cement the cars place at the top of the hot hatch tree.

French arch-rival, Renault Megane RS, has offered several up-spec versions in the past, such as the hard-core track-attack Trophy-R model, which delivered more power, sharper handling and several interior upgrades – most notably Recaro bucket seats.

It’s virtually impossible to see inside the Civic Type R and it’s difficult to tell if any changes to the interior are on the cards.
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What an awful article as they are wrong about so many things. The ride height is the same as is the power level. One of the things that has actually changed is what they say appears unchanged in the brakes as the rotors are solid not drilled. The only changes for the regular Type R is the addition of the upper grille to address the cooling issues and what appears to be the black honeycomb scaled back. It appears a lower cost Type R variant is in the works with the smaller spoiler, solid rotors, and 19" wheels from the FK2 Type R. No guarantee North America will get this lower cost variation.
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