We drove a $36000 Honda Civic Type R to see if the fastest and most powerful Honda ever sold in the US lives up to the hype. Here’s the verdict – SF Gate

We drove a $36000 Honda Civic Type R to see if the fastest and most powerful Honda ever sold in the US lives up to the hype. Here’s the verdict – SF Gate

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Published 8:13 am PST, Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider The Honda Civic Type R is the fastest and most powerful car the company has ever sold in the US.  The Civic Type R debuted in the US market in 2017. Sky high demand saw some dealers mark up the British-built car by as much as $10, 000. The Honda Civic Type R is powered by a 306 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with VTEC.  The 2018 Honda Civic Type R starts at $34, 700 with an $895 destination fee pushing the as test price to $35, 595. We were impressed by the Type R's powerful engine, slick six-speed-manual transmission, confidence-inspiring handling, and surprising versatility.  We were less than enthused with the boy racer styling, uncomfortable racing seats, and frustrating infotainment system.  The Honda Civic is the best-selling compact car in America and has been a sales leader since its introduction more than four decades ago. However, it is hard to ignore how far the compact cars segment has fallen. According to Kelley Blue Book, ....


But even a shrinking compact car segment will still account for roughly two million units sold this year and comprise around 11% of the entire auto market. Read more: Honda just unveiled a new all-American SUV to take on Ford, Nissan, and Chevy. The Civic's combination of fuel efficiency, reliability, and enthusiastic driving dynamics has helped it achieve long-lasting success around the world. In spite of the Civic's popularity in the market, US consumers have never had the chance to own the Type R, the performance halo atop the Civic lineup. That all changed in 2017 when Honda finally corrected this glaring omission with the introduction of the 10th generation Honda Civic Type R. .

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