Honda Civic Type R first impression

I had the opportunity to take a look at my co-workers 2018 Honda Civic Type R today. He purchased the car through our companies car buying service that gave him a good deal. The Type R only comes in a handful of colors and this particular one is what Honda calls Rallye Red. I’m not always a fan of red cars but this one really works by capturing the aggressive body lines of the beefed up Honda.

Because we were just taking a break, we were not able to take it out for a drive, but I did start it up and give it a little rev to hear how it sounds. When I pushed the start button I expected the car bark to life with a deep rumble, but surprisingly it was quiet. It started up with none of the racecar drama you’d expect it to have. The gentleness of the engine starting is similar to that of a hybrid car or regular Honda Civic. You hear the engine start and the gauge cluster comes to life, but nothing to make you feel like you are in a 300hp FWD Nurburgring track record setting car. The car is very quite and composed, muted in comparison to it’s exaggerated styling. The owner says that an exhaust is on his short list of mods to be purchased.

From the futuristic looking LED headlamps, the sharp angles, flared fenders, hood scoop and air vents all around, Honda has made this car very reminiscent of a Robotech jet fighter.

But the more I see these cars on the road, the more I can appreciate the body styling. I guess it’s grown on me. The interior itself is very nicely done and I can appreciate the quality and how put together it appears. And although I’m still on the fence with the look of the front seats, they are very comfy in comparison to the Recaros in the Focus. One thing my friend pointed out to me was that he felt that his passenger seat feels a little more snug than his driver’s seat and I have to agree with him. The seat felt tighter and also as if it was a little more angled towards the center of the cabin. This is actually a trick that some car manufactures use to provide more space and legroom in some of their smaller sports cars. Maybe Honda used that trick as well.

Overall the interior is nicely done. A nice use of alcantara and carbon fiber trim pieces that wrap around the cabin from the doors to the dash. Soft touch materials with stitching is used to cover the dash. The layout is very simplistic, clean with not a lot of unnecessary switches and knobs. A nice touch screen, digital gauge cluster and a few sport mode switches are placed around the short shifting manual.

Each car is numbered and this one happens to be number 12753. Looks like they are producing quiet a few.

No driving impression at this time but here are a few more pictures I took with my Galaxy Note 5. Again, the red is nice.

This is apparently where all the Civic owners like to park. To the left you can see a Civic Sport wearing the same shade of red like it’s big brother the Type R.

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