Honda Confirms Civic Type R for Geneva Debut and Summer Production

Civic Type R Prototype

There has been so a lot nonsense surrounding the 2018 Honda Civic Type R that it was becoming difficult to separate reality from the fiction. Speculation on the car’s engine and transmission was endless. There have been rumors that it could be as huge as three.five liters or a substantially smaller mill mated to a continuously variable transmission. Nevertheless, it turned out the most expected configuration was the correct a single — Occam’s razor, and all that.

Despite the fact that, right after so a lot conflicting data, when and where the two. liter turbo VTEC and its manual transmission would show up seemed uncertain. The Kind R was supposed to come to North America in the middle of this year, one thing 36 year olds have been begging for because they had been 16, but Honda hadn’t mentioned something concrete and that deadline is rapidly approaching without having anybody even having laid eyes on the production model.

Then, late final week, Honda Europe slipped in a modest mention that the Civic Sort R would debut in Geneva alongside the Clarity Fuel Cell and the NeuV electric concept whilst confirming the summer time production and quick export for North America.

While every person is chuffed that the wait to see the final production model will only be one more month, couple of count on it to look wildly various from the prototype we have been treated to last fall in Asia. Extended wheel arches, splitters, spoilers, and all of the other aggressive bodywork from its earlier incarnation are anticipated to remain — perhaps toned down slightly.

The 2. liter turbo is confirmed and anticipated to make much more than the prior model’s 306 hp and 295 lb-ft worth of torque, casting a lengthy shadow onto the friendlier Civic Si.

Assembly of the new Type R will begin in summer at Honda’s Swindon manufacturing plant in the United Kingdom and the car is to be simultaneously be released in Europe, Japan, and the United States. If you’re taking into consideration taking delivery on the Civic, the Geneva Motor Show runs from March 9 to March 19 and we’ll have the complete allotment of information on the production car then.

Civic Type R Prototype

[Images: Honda]

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Honda Calls Civic Rivals ‘Square,’ Tends to make Some Ask ‘Where Are the Coupes?’

2016 Honda Civic Coupe

Remember when Each and every. Single. Automobile. Model. came in a two-door version?

Sure, the days of luxurious and lengthy Olds 98 two-doors and Lincoln Town Coupes are extended gone, but it wasn’t lengthy ago that coupe offerings stretched from a single finish of the compact automobile marketplace to the other.

A purchaser was when capable to choose in between the forgettable Ford Escort and equally forgettable but nicer-searching ZX2. You could get the bland Nissan Sentra or the slightly much less bland 200SX. And so on and so forth.

Two door cars that are not committed sportscars or pickups are increasing fewer, particularly at the reduce end of the market place exactly where volume is king. It is gotten so undesirable that we’ve taken to calling four-door SUVs “coupes,” like we’re in some sort of bizarro globe exactly where up is actually down and humans breathe underwater.

At least a single automaker is holding out against the trend.

Honda is organizing a advertising blitz for its 2016 Civic Coupe that functions a industrial titled “Square,” where a sleek Civic two-door rolls past a landscape filled with square individuals, square pets, and square little ones riding square skateboards with square wheels.

Honda Civic Coupe ad

The ad aims to draw consideration to the Civic’s rakish flanks and sleek profile at the expense of its competitors, but it might as well be speaking about the vehicle’s door count.

Hunting for another C-segment offering with two doors and no hatchback? Good luck. The preceding-generation Hyundai Elantra presented one particular, but it was dropped. Chevrolet Cruze? Nope. Possibly a Sentra, Concentrate, Mazda3 or Corolla? Try again. Impreza? Get out of right here.

The cheerleaders for low-end coupes are few as automakers scramble to meet insatiable demand for loved ones-oriented crossovers and SUVs.

Range Rover at least gives a two-door version of its sporty Evoque SUV, some thing Mercedes-Benz and BMW clearly see as a bastardization of the classic four-door wagon definition of “coupe.” That said, the only sales success among two-door SUVs in recent years is the Jeep Wrangler.

Cadillac must be commended for wading back into the personal luxury coupe category with its two-door ATS, regardless of what you feel of the brand or the model. It didn’t support general sales, though, as buyers vacated the ATS lineup altogether.

Auto buyers had money, children, house and pets in the ’70s, but bloated luxo-coupes nonetheless sold as fast as wide lapels and Bee Gees tickets. Outside of Germany, it seems customer tastes moved on to other flavors, and automakers had been fast to stick to.

As a former owner of a (beige) two-door 1994 Toyota Camry with gloriously long doors (and, certainly, windows), this writer wonders if coupes are doomed to quantity to an ever-shrinking niche market place populated mostly with higher-end offerings and low-slung rocket sleds.

You’d consider that with crossovers and SUVs parked in every driveway, a family’s second vehicle could stand to be a tiny significantly less utilitarian.

It will be intriguing to watch consumer demand for the Civic Coupe. As an outlier in the automotive landscape, it could serve as a litmus test for other automakers. Who knows, consumers may show they’re not as allergic to two-doors as we believed.

Or, to Honda’s chagrin, they’ll confirm it.

[Image: Honda Motor Company]

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Honda Civic Hatchback Appears Mean in Leaked Photographs

Leaked Honda Civic hatchback concept rear 3/4

The Honda Civic hatchback concept that will debut at this week’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show will wear an aggressive-hunting physique, according to images leaked by Carscoops.

The 5-door bodystyle hasn’t turned the acclaimed 10th-generation Civic into an ugly duckling. The sloping roofline transitions smoothly into the rear liftgate, which incorporates taillights identical to those of the Civic sedan.

Leaked 2017 Honda Civic hatchback concept front 3/4

The aggression comes by way of the front and rear bumpers. Gaping cavities on both ends signals efficiency and handling, a message completed by the centre-mounted twin tailpipes and twin hatch-mounted spoilers.

No matter whether or not these trappings makes it to the production model — even in the form of a top-finish Sort R — remains to be noticed.

With the addition of a hatchback to its stable, Honda’s Civic lineup will be a lot more or much less total.

The production 2017 Civic hatchback is expected to be unveiled at this October’s 2016 Paris Motor Show, whilst the notion greets the limelight when doors open in Geneva on March 1.

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