How does it compare on price?
We sneaked a peek at Honda Civic Type R pricing last week thanks to the internet. So naturally, it’s time for a little price comparison with its closest competitors.
The sticker has the Type R coming in at $34,775 after destination charges. This particular car was the Touring model (the only model announced thus far by Honda) and came loaded with standard features that compare, more or less, with its all-wheel-drive competitors. There’s no word on whether Honda will offer any lower or higher trim levels at this point, but right now, the base price is $2,220 less than a Focus RS; $1,700 less than a Golf R with a manual; and $2,180 less than a WRX STI.
All those cars’ prices are in base trim and, in some instances, are not as well-equipped as the Civic. The Type R comes with Honda’s navigation system and high-performance summer tires at its base price. To get navigation in the Focus RS, you’re stuck going in for the $2,785 RS2 package that also tacks on heated everything and full leather Recaros. If you want the crazy good Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and forged wheels on the RS, (you do) then you’re shelling out another $1,990, bringing the total up to $41,770.
Honda has said the Type R will come with Continental ContiSportContact 6 tires. However, there’s a chance it’ll be offered with Sport Cup 2s at some point as well because that’s the tire Honda set its Nurburgring front-wheel-drive lap record with.
Both the WRX STI and Golf R come in over $40,000 if you want all the electronic goodies and navigation. It’s worth noting that both the Golf R and STI offer the normal suite of driving-assistance systems like blind-spot detection and rear cross traffic alert while the Civic gives no mention of it on the sticker. Comparably equipped, the Civic Type R comes in far lower than the lot of them — the Golf R is about $40,195 and the STI is $41,755 — but we’d expect that to be the case. Two fewer driven wheels make the car much cheaper to produce.
Pricing isn’t official on the Type R yet, so we don’t know if there are any options Honda is still hiding, but for now, it appears to slot in as a high-performance hatch on a budget. If all-wheel drive isn’t your cup of tea and you can pass up on a drift button (and don’t mind the exaggerated styling), then the Type R might just be the car of choice. You can put the savings toward plenty of track days and modifications too; we’re sure the aftermarket will be able to empty your wallet in no time with this car.
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