The all-new 2017 Civic Type R is the fastest, most powerful Honda and the first-ever Honda Type R model to be sold in America. Globally, it is the fifth generation of the legendary Civic Type R, whose history dates to its 1997 launch as a hatchback model in Japan (see history below).
The move to one global platform for all models in the 10th-generation Civic lineup paved the way for the introduction of the Civic Type R on American soil – the final chapter in the most comprehensive and ambitious remake of the Civic in its storied, 44-year history. The Civic Type R joins the Civic Sedan – 2016 North American Car of the Year – the Civic Coupe, Civic Hatchback and Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan in rounding out the 10th-generation Civic lineup.
The all-new Civic Type R is the second generation of Type R to feature turbocharged power and shares significant elements of its engine design with the 9th-generation Civic Type R sold overseas. Its 306-horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected i-VTEC® turbo powerplant, manufactured exclusively by Honda of America Mfg., Inc. in Anna, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts, is the most powerful production Honda automobile engine made in America (surpassed only by the Acura NSX twin turbocharged 90-degree V6, also made in Anna). The vehicle is manufactured exclusively in Honda’s Swindon, UK plant alongside the standard hatchback model on which it is based.
The very first 2017 Honda Civic Type R in the world, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) 01, will be auctioned online beginning June 7, with all proceeds benefitting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The Civic Type R is the fastest, most powerful Honda of all time produced for the U.S. and the first Honda Civic Type R to be sold in America. Enthusiasts eagerly anticipating the Civic Type R’s arrival can visit http://bringatrailer.com/listing/2017-honda-civic-type-r-for-charity/ to bid1 on the exclusive model with the auction closing on June 15.
“The Civic Type R has long been forbidden fruit for enthusiasts in the U.S., so we thought it would be fun to offer one lucky customer a shot at owning the first of its kind in America while benefitting the leading nonprofit solely dedicated to finding a cure for childhood brain tumors, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation,” said Jeff Conrad, Senior Vice President, Automobile Division, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
The first production 2017 Civic Type R will be the first new vehicle to be sold on the vintage and collector car auction site, Bring A Trailer. This first-ever Honda Civic Type R to be sold in America is the pinnacle fun-to-drive vehicle of the Honda brand and recently established itself as the fastest front-wheel-drive production car in the world, having set a record lap time of 7 minutes 43.80 seconds on Germany’s 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife (north loop), more than three seconds faster than the previous record.
Less than two months before its U.S. launch, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R has claimed the title of world’s fastest production front-wheel-drive (FWD) production car, setting a new benchmark lap time at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring. On April 3, 2017, a Civic Type R lapped the 12.9-mile Nordschleife (north loop) in a record 7 minutes 43.80 seconds. This new benchmark time represents an improvement of nearly 7 seconds compared to the previous-generation (European market) Type R, and over 3 seconds faster than the previous FWD record. Video footage of the benchmark lap can be viewed on Honda’s YouTube channel at Honda.us/TypeRLapRecord.
Multiple factors contribute to the new Civic Type R’s benchmark time including its high-performance 2.0-liter VTEC TURBO engine – with peak output of 306 horsepower (hp)1 and 295 lb.-ft. of torque2. The engine, which makes the new Civic Type R the most powerful Honda ever sold in America, is manufactured in the U.S. at Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant3. The Type R’s six-speed manual transmission with new, lower gear ratios further improves the car’s acceleration, while the new Type R’s comprehensive aerodynamic package delivers outstanding high-speed stability with an optimal balance between aerodynamic stability and drag.